iOS 17 Rumored to Improve Search, Dynamic Island, Control Center, and More

Ahead of Apple unveiling iOS 17 at WWDC in June, an anonymous source who shared accurate information in the past has revealed potential new features coming with the update, including improvements to Search, the Dynamic Island, Control Center, and more.

iOS 17 Control Center Feature
In a post on the MacRumors Forums and on Twitter, the source indicated that search functionality will be "heavily improved" in iOS 17, but no specific details were provided. The built-in search tool on the iPhone helps to surface information on your device and on the web, with results and suggestions provided as you type. Starting with iOS 16, there is a dedicated "Search" button at the bottom of the Home Screen for easy access.

Apple is expected to expand the Dynamic Island to all four iPhone 15 models this year. On the software side, the source said the Dynamic Island will be able to "do a lot more" on iOS 17, without elaborating. Introduced on the iPhone 14 Pro last year, the Dynamic Island currently displays system alerts like low battery percentage and incoming phone calls, and Live Activities such as Uber rides and NBA scores.

As reported last week, the source reiterated that iOS 17 will include "major changes" to the Control Center's design and customizability. Control Center was introduced with iOS 7 nearly a decade ago and has looked largely the same since iOS 11.

The source added that iOS 17 will include new custom accessibility settings that will give users more control over the iPhone's user interface. This could relate to a hidden "Custom Accessibility Mode" that was discovered in the iOS 16.2 beta last year. The new mode would allow users to replace the typical Lock Screen and Home Screen with more accessible UI elements, remove the Dock, set much larger app icons, and more.

Other changes the source expects in iOS 17 include additional settings for notifications and the always-on display, more Focus filters, car key improvements in the Wallet app, updates to the Camera and Health apps, and a significant number of new ARKit frameworks, as Apple gears up to launch its long-rumored AR/VR headset later this year. The source said Apple is also considering allowing for interactive Home Screen widgets.

Overall, the source believes iOS 17 focuses on performance and stability improvements. As a result, they are adamant that the update will remain compatible with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, contrary to a previous rumor.

We have elected to share this information since the same source leaked accurate details about the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro before the device was announced last year. However, given the source has yet to establish a long-term track record, it remains to be seen if all of these latest details will prove to be accurate.

Apple is expected to announce iOS 17 during the WWDC 2023 keynote on June 5, and as usual, the first beta version should be made available to developers for testing later that day. The first public beta will likely be released in July.

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TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
15 months ago
That is all I want ?

Stability & Performance.
Stability & Performance.
Stability & Performance.
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
redbeard331 Avatar
15 months ago
Let me remove the Homebar once and for all, and place icons whoever I want and I’ll withhold my long list of demands.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sniffies Avatar
15 months ago
Hopefully notifications will fuse into Dynamic Island. Should've been this way since day one.

Home app as well as Home widget in Control Center could use some improvement.

Oh and Apple, please we do need a hundred ways to access camera. Camera icon on lock screen is redundant AF. Let us customize it FFS.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gk_brown Avatar
15 months ago
I just want the Music app to work reliably for users (like me) who don't subscribe to Apple Music.
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d3vp0ll Avatar
15 months ago
I’ve grown quite bored of iOS. I switched in 2019 after a decade on Android mostly for the Apple Watch. But I’ve outgrown the Watch in favor of a Garmin as I’ve gotten really focused on training, so now I don’t have much reason to stay.

There are still a laundry list of things I still scratch my head wondering how or why Apple designed this OS the way they did. To name a few:

1. Notifications: good grief Apple blow them up and start over. Like ten years ago.
2. Data sharing between apps: most of Apple’s apps don’t even do this, I took this for granted on Android but it’s really awful on iOS and never improved.
3. Multitasking/multi-window: another feature on Android I took for granted, I seriously thought they’d introduce this after we got PiP but it never came.
4. App icons/Springboard: take springboard and chuck it in the trash, please. Although part of me thinks it’s intentional from Apple so everyone has a tidy home screen. Either way burn it with fire and let me place icons where I want them.
5. Siri: see things that need to go into the trash.
6. HomeKit: join Siri in No5 above.
7. More default apps: let me choose more third party default apps.
8. Keyboard: for the love of all things holy please improve the keyboard accuracy. This has to be the worst typing experience I’ve ever had.
9. Photos: we finally got shared library but I think I hate it more than not having it at all. Like why are shared albums still so bad? Why is search so terrible?
10. Mail: can we get better spam filtering? How about better integration with Reminders and Notes instead of remembering once every four years I can ask Siri to do something that can easily be added to a damn menu?
11. Passwords/Hide my Email: can we please get this in app form?
12. Widgets: thanks Apple for finally giving me widgets but can you kindly make them interactive?

I’m not trying to sound all that negative, I can probably list more things I do like about iOS but the whole platform feels stoic and stale, and I find Apple software as a whole rather lacking. For the record I don’t think Android is all that much better but at least I feel like a technically inclined adult when I use it.
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TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
15 months ago
Apple should let Dynamic Island integrate with Siri.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)