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In June, Apple announced iOS 17 with a wide range of new features and changes for the iPhone. Following over three months of beta testing, the free software update will be released this Monday, September 18 for the iPhone XS and newer.

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Below, we have recapped 10 key features coming to the iPhone with iOS 17, with additional features coming later this year. The update should be released to users around 10 a.m. Pacific Time / 1 p.m. Eastern Time today, and once it is available, it can be installed from the Settings app under General → Software Update.

StandBy

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StandBy is a new full-screen view that provides glanceable information designed to be viewed from a distance when an iPhone is on its side and charging, according to Apple. The customizable interface can show a clock in various styles, a calendar, favorite photos, the weather forecast, music playback controls, widgets, and more.

StandBy is designed for an iPhone charging on a nightstand, kitchen counter, or desk, and it supports Live Activities, Siri, incoming calls, and larger notifications. The feature also works with the iPhone 14 Pro's always-on display.

Contact Posters

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iOS 17 lets users create a personalized Contact Poster that appears during an incoming phone call on another person's iPhone. The poster can include a photo or Memoji, and the font and background color can also be customized. The feature is available in the built-in Phone app and will also be available for third-party calling apps.

NameDrop

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NameDrop allows users to easily share contact information by bringing their iPhones close together. Both individuals can choose the specific phone numbers or email addresses they would like to share, and can also share their Contact Posters.

Live Voicemail

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Live Voicemail provides real-time transcription on the screen as someone leaves a voicemail. If the user considers the voicemail to be important, they can pick up the call while the caller is leaving their message. Apple says calls identified as spam by carriers are not transcribed and will instead be instantly declined.

Swipe to Reply in iMessage

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In the Messages app, users can now swipe to the right on any message to send an inline reply.

Interactive Widgets

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Interactive widgets are now available on the iPhone across the Home Screen, Lock Screen, and the new StandBy view. Apple gave some examples of what interactive widgets can be used for, including marking a reminder as completed, playing or pausing a song or podcast, and controlling accessories in the Home app, and there will be many more possibilities as third-party apps are updated with support in the coming months.

Home Screen widgets offered limited functionality until now, as Apple did not allow developers to include scrolling, buttons, or animations.

Improved Autocorrect

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Apple says iOS 17 includes a state-of-the-art language model for word prediction that will greatly improve autocorrection on the iPhone. When typing, on-device machine learning will intelligently correct mistakes with greater accuracy than ever before. In addition, users will now receive predictive text recommendations inline as they type, allowing for words or complete sentences to be added by tapping the space bar.

Autocorrection has an updated design on iOS 17 that briefly underlines an autocorrected word. Tapping on an underlined word reveals the original word typed, making it easy to quickly revert the change. The system will also learn the user's typing habits over time and avoid some corrections, which Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi said is designed for "those moments where you just want to type a ducking word."

Apple Maps Offline

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Apple Maps is catching up on a key Google Maps feature on iOS 17 with the ability to download maps for offline use. Apple says users can download a speci... Click here to read rest of article

Article Link: iOS 17: 10 New Features That Just Launched
 
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phenste

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Live voicemail is a disaster they should hold it until its fixed. Hasnt worked correctly since day 1 beta
no seriously—I’ve gotten some of the longest voicemails of my entire life since the switch, & I don’t even see the f—king transcript half the time because there’s no indication a Live Voicemail is happening on my Watch (granted, I can only assume that’s different in watchOS 10, specifically held off on that beta since it’s impossible to downgrade from home).

on a different note—any beta testers have experience with the “Siri” change? does the device learn your voice better than it used to? would be nice to have on, but, not looking forward to the general public discovering this feature and trying to troll everyone all the time a la Alexa 🙄
 

AndiG

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Functions, functions, functions. Apple's iOS was once known for its tremendous simplicity. There was a golden rule: focus on 80% of the features, but make those features solid and easy to use.

But Tim never got that, and needed new features every year to sell more and more, while scrapping the simplicity of iOS.

The features Apple wants to sell should be outsourced to apps without touching the core functionality.

But Tim never understood that.
 

Torty

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Functions, functions, functions. Apple's iOS was once known for its tremendous simplicity. There was a golden rule: focus on 80% of the features, but make those features solid and easy to use.

But Tim never got that, and needed new features every year to sell more and more, while scrapping the simplicity of iOS.

The features Apple wants to sell should be outsourced to apps without touching the core functionality.

But Tim never understood that.
iPhones now have 8GB. Different world than it was with first iOS versions.
 

jz0309

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the only feature from that list that I am looking forward to is the better auto correct, everything else, I don't care about.

And I wouldn't upgrade for some time if I hadn't order the AW Ultra2 which will have watchOS 10 installed which in turn requires iOS 17 ...

I'll also be waiting til like mid/late afternoon to avoid the "don't see it here ..."
 

1800AirTAG

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Downloadable maps! Nothing else matters nearly so much.

I regularly drive in areas with poor/patchy signals and that makes downloadable extremely desirable.
Google maps has had them for years. Apple Maps is improving, but for me personally, they are still not even close to being as good as Google.
The only thing I prefer Apple to is the GUI- the animations look amazing, but Google is more precise and reliable day to day still.
 

orbital~debris

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Never that eager to upgrade on day 1, as I've usually got a new iPhone upgrade following on later the same week. I think it's nicer to experience the new iOS on the new hardware – but typically update the old iPhone as I'm never sure if the restore will not work as well if it was bringing over a backup made on an older iOS…
 

ItsMeMicke

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Functions, functions, functions. Apple's iOS was once known for its tremendous simplicity. There was a golden rule: focus on 80% of the features, but make those features solid and easy to use.

But Tim never got that, and needed new features every year to sell more and more, while scrapping the simplicity of iOS.

The features Apple wants to sell should be outsourced to apps without touching the core functionality.

But Tim never understood that.
Agree. iOS needs to be decluttered 😁
 
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