The new Apple software update, iOS 17, has finally arrived: let’s find out what the main new features and compatible devices are
You are ready? The long-awaited time has finally come for iPhone users to install a new operating system update: iOS 17. After being presented at WWDC23 last June and having gone through several beta phases during the summer, Apple has released the final version of this update, which, although it does not revolutionize the operating system, brings with it a series of new features and improvements that they will surely make your iPhone experience even more rewarding. One of the most interesting new features of iOS 17 is the ability to create a custom contact poster that will be used in communication apps like Phone. You can customize this poster with photos, Memojis, fonts and background colors, making your conversations even more unique and personal.
The new features of iOS 17 don’t end here
Furthermore, the app Messages has been enhanced with a new feature that lets you easily view the things you share most often with other users. This makes communication more efficient and faster. You can also consult the apps that integrate with the platform directly from the same list. For those who love receiving voice messages but sometimes can’t listen to them, iOS 17 offers an ideal solution: the transcription of vowels. Now you can read the contents of voice messages even in situations where it is not possible to listen to them, improving your communication.
Sticker lovers will be thrilled to discover that a new panel has been added to the Messages app with live stickers, emoji, Memoji and other sticker packs that you can use to better express your emotions. FaceTime has also undergone improvements with iOS 17. Now you can record and share short videos for special occasions, customizing them with Portrait, fun 3D effects, stickers and more. Furthermore, l’app FaceTime is now also available on Apple TV, allowing you to connect with friends and family even more conveniently.
Another interesting new feature is the function StandBy, which turns the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro into an alarm clock, a frame for your favorite photos or a source of important information when placed horizontally on a wireless charger. A really useful feature to make the most of your device. iOS 17 also introduces interactive widgets that you can use directly from the Home screen, the lock screen or when the smartphone is in StandBy. This allows you to quickly access the most important information without having to open apps. As for contact sharing, that’s enough now bring two iPhones or an iPhone close to an Apple Watch to exchange contact information using NameDrop.
The Safari browser has also received a major update, allowing the creation of separate profiles with custom history, extensions, panel groups, cookies and bookmarks. Private Browsing has been enhanced to block unused private windows, prevent known trackers from loading on pages, and remove tracking codes from URL. The users of the AirPods Pro second generation will be thrilled to discover adaptive audio, a new listening mode that combines Transparency Mode and active noise cancellation to automatically adapt to the user’s location and activity. Finally, making things easier, you can now activate the Siri voice assistant simply by saying “Siri”, without the need to say the trigger phrase “Cow, Sir”.
iOS 17: news and compatible devices
It is now important to know if your iPhone is compatible with iOS 17. Here is the list of iPhones that can receive the update:
- iPhone SE (2nd generation and later)
- iPhone XR
- iPhone XS e XS Max
- iPhone 11, 11 Pro e 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro e 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro e 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro e 14 Pro Max
- Already pre-installed on iPhone 15, 15 Plus, 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max
Now that you know what to expect from iOS 17 and that your iPhone is compatible, let’s move on to how to install the update. It’s a simple process: just go to Settings, then General, and finally select Software Update. Please note that as this is a major update, it may take several gigabytes of space and take longer than expected to download due to the influx of users eager to update.
In conclusion, iOS 17 brings a number of improvements and novelty which will make your iPhone even more powerful and versatile. So, don’t waste time, upgrade and start enjoying all the new possibilities offered by this operating system update. For further news from the mobile world and beyond, continue to tune in to techgameworld.com.