iOS 17 is now available for compatible iPhone
devices worldwide, including India. For eligible devices, the company is also releasing further software updates such as macOS Sonoma, iPadOS 17, tvOS 17, and watchOS 10. On Apple
's currently supported devices, these updates will offer a few new capabilities while upgrading several existing apps and services.
If you're searching for the new Journal app or collaborative playlists for Apple Music, both of which were announced at WWDC 2023, you'll have to wait for a future update because they're not included in iOS 17. Here are some of the finest iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma features to try out after getting the update.
Live Voicemail and Contact Posters
While the majority of the user interface elements on iOS 17 are very similar to those on iOS 16, the Phone app is getting a substantial overhaul in the shape of Contact Posters. This feature lets users create their own poster and profile photos, which are shared with their contacts. Full-length photos or Memoji, as well as customised typefaces with huge text, can be included. According to Apple, consumers in select locations will also experience real-time transcription for Live Voicemail that is processed on-device.
AirDrop and NameDrop
AirDrop, Apple's proprietary wireless sharing technology, will be improved in iOS 17. Simply connect two devices to share a file, launch a SharePlay session, or play a game together. Aside from getting your phone close to another user to transfer various forms of data, you can now utilise a new feature called NameDrop to share contact information — including your Contact Poster — with another user.
While Apple's iPhones have supported wireless charging since the iPhone 8, the firm is now adding support for a means to display valuable information while charging. After updating your iPhone to iOS 17, you will be able to see Live Activities, notifications, widgets, and Siri
from the display of your smartphone when it is in a horizontal posture – the feature will work with both wired and wireless chargers.
Private Browsing and Safari Profiles
With the recent iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma updates, Apple's web browser gains a few new abilities. Private Browsing tabs will be locked behind Face ID or Touch ID, preventing unauthorised persons from accessing them without your permission. Safari will also support multiple profiles, allowing you to separate your cookies, bookmarks, and browsing history and switch between them for professional and personal use. Profiles have been supported by competing browsers like as Chrome and Firefox for several years, and Chrome allows users to lock Incognito tabs on smartphones.
Message Check-In and Live Stickers
Apple is adding support for a new Messages feature called Check-In, which allows you to alert a family member when you have safely returned home. If you are not travelling to the designated place, the Messages app will safely and momentarily notify your family member of your location, battery level, and cellular coverage information. Meanwhile, you can make stickers on your smartphone by long tapping an image and then sharing it with the Messages app. According to Apple, they will appear in a new sticker area that will be available across iOS.