iOS 17 Public Beta Released With These 12 New Features for iPhone

Apple last month announced iOS 17 with a wide range of new features for the iPhone XS and newer. A public beta is now available for members of Apple's free Beta Software Program, allowing anyone to test the update.

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iOS 17 should be released to all users in September alongside new iPhones. Below, we have recapped 12 key features coming to the iPhone with the update.

StandBy

StandBy iOS 17
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

Contact Posters iOS 17
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

Live Voicemail iOS 17
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

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

Interactive Widgets

iOS 17 Interactive Widgets
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

iOS 17 Autocorrect Feature
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."

Journal App

Journal App iOS 17
An all-new Journal app on iOS 17 will allow iPhone users to "reflect and practice gratitude through journaling," according to Apple. The app is launching later this year and will provide personalized suggestions based on recent on-device activity.

Apple Maps Offline

Apple Maps Offline
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 specific map area and access turn-by-turn navigation, view their estimated time of arrival, find places, and more when an iPhone is not connected to a cellular or Wi-Fi network.

Stickers Drawer

iOS 17 Sticker Drawer
A new stickers drawer on iOS 17 provides access to all stickers, including Live Stickers, emoji, Memoji, and iMessage sticker packs in one place. Live Stickers can be created by touching and holding an object in a photo, such as a cat or a dog.

"Hey Siri" Shortened to Siri

Hey Siri vs Siri
Apple has simplified the voice command to invoke Siri on the iPhone and other Apple devices, including the iPad, Mac, HomePod, and newest AirPods Pro. Instead of "Hey Siri," users are now simply able to say "Siri" to activate the voice assistant, and can issue multiple commands in succession without having to say "Siri" again.

AirPlay in Hotels

AirPlay Hotels
AirPlay will soon work with supported TVs in hotel rooms. Users will be able to scan a QR code on the TV and stream videos, photos, and music from their iPhone to the TV. The feature will be available on iOS 17 before the end of the year in select hotels, starting with hotels from IHG Hotels & Resorts, according to Apple.

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