Apple has announced the release of iOS 17 at its annual developer conference, WWDC, introducing a host of new features to enhance the iPhone user experience. The new features include a Contacts Poster feature, Live Voicemail, and a range of improvements to the Messages app, including a new Check-In feature and Stickers across third-party apps.
Revolutionizing Phone App with Contacts Poster and Live Voicemail
The Phone app on iOS 17 gets a new Contacts Poster feature, allowing users to attach images or emojis to specific contacts. Users can customize these contacts with fonts and colors, similar to the lock screen customization available in iOS 16. This feature brings a completely new look to incoming calls and is also available for third-party calling apps.
Another significant addition is the Live Voicemail feature, which provides live transcription of voicemail contents. Calls identified as spam by carriers won’t appear as Live Voicemail and will be instantly declined. FaceTime now supports audio and video messages, allowing users to share a message when the recipient is not available.
Enhancing Messages App with Catchup, Swipe-to-Reply, and More
The Messages app on iOS 17 introduces several new features. The new Catchup feature, swipe-to-reply feature, and audio message transcription enhance the user experience. The app also gets a location tracking ability and a new Check-In feature, allowing iPhone users to let family and friends know when they have checked in at home, office, or a known address.
The introduction of Stickers to the Messages app adds a fun element to messaging. All emojis can be turned into stickers, and these Stickers are now available across third-party apps.
Introducing NameDrop and a New Journal App
NameDrop, a new feature similar to AirDrop, allows users to exchange contact information with other iPhone users. Apple also announced a new Journal app with iOS 17, set to roll out later this year.
Improving Autocorrect and Design for Better Typing Experience
iOS 17 brings improvements to autocorrect with a new learning language model for word prediction. It also introduces a refreshed design to better support typing, and sentence-level autocorrections can fix more types of grammatical mistakes. Users will now receive predictive text recommendations inline as they type, making text entry faster than ever.
The unveiling of iOS 17 marks a significant step in Apple’s commitment to enhancing the iPhone user experience. With these new features and improvements, iPhone users can look forward to a more intuitive and personalized experience.