iOS 17 Apps Can Offer Tips to Help Users Discover Hidden Features

Apple at WWDC this week announced a new TipKit framework that will allow developers to offer tips in their apps on iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS Sonoma, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17. These tips can help to surface hidden features, highlight brand new features, show a faster method of accomplishing a task, and more.

Tips may appear next to a button or other user interface element in an app at timely moments, providing contextual information about features. Of course, apps can already offer their own tips and helpful information, but Apple is now providing a native solution with a consistent design. Apple has a WWDC session with more details for developers interested in TipKit, but there is no documentation available yet.

iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS Sonoma, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17 will be released to the public later this year, and more apps should start to incorporate TipKit over the coming months. All of the updates are available in beta now for anyone with a free Apple developer account, and public betas will be available in July.

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allenvanhellen Avatar
14 months ago
Here’s Clippy!
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btrach144 Avatar
14 months ago
I read TipKit and thought, “oh great, now I’m going to be asked to provide 20% tips in the apps I use as well.”
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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14 months ago
Did Siri and Clippy have a baby?


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antiprotest Avatar
14 months ago
Developers should use this sparingly so it does not become spammy.
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14 months ago
damn this is really nice, apple platforms are so polished. i mean they lack many things, don't get me wrong, but their toolkit , APIs and SDKs are out of this world
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14 months ago
System 7 is back, baby! This is tech from the 90’s for those of you not old enough to remember.

Sadly, it’s also a reminder that this is no longer Steve Jobs’s Apple that so many have fallen in love with. Instead, it’s the fat, lazy, bureaucratic version with some remnants of Steve’s DNA, and rather than working harder to make things easier and more intuitive, they’re reviving old ideas to mask the growing complexity of iOS.
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