These iOS 17 Features Won't Be Available at Launch

Apple is expected to release iOS 17 in mid to late September as a free software update for the iPhone XS and newer. The update includes a wide range of new features, but not all of them will be available right away, according to Apple's website.

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Below, we have listed three features that Apple says are "coming later this year" as part of a future iOS 17 version, such as iOS 17.1 or iOS 17.2. Apple has already been testing iOS 17.1 internally for several weeks, according to our MacRumors analytics logs, and the update is likely to be released in late October based on precedent.

Journal App

Journal App iOS 17
An all-new Journal app will allow iPhone users to reflect on their day and memories, complete with text, photos, music, audio recordings, and more. The app will provide personalized suggestions based on recent on-device activity.

Collaborative Apple Music Playlists

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A new Collaborative Playlists feature for Apple Music will allow multiple people to add, reorder, and remove songs in a shared playlist.

AirDrop Transfers via Internet

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If you send content like an image or video to another user via AirDrop, the transfer will be able to continue over an internet connection if you leave AirDrop range, so long as both you and the recipient are signed in to an iCloud account.

Related Roundups: iOS 17, iPadOS 17
Related Forums: iOS 17, iPadOS 17

Top Rated Comments

StaceyMJ86 Avatar
9 months ago
Honestly, does ANYONE care about the JOURNAL APP? I’m hoping it just won’t be available at launch, and then they will just quietly abandon it.

Anyone remember CLIPS?
I’m waiting for the Journal App.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tripsync Avatar
9 months ago
People will complain if Apple releases it buggy

People will also complain if Apple doesn't release it with iOS 17.0

Summary: people will complain.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
9 months ago
Journal App seems pretty cool. Can't wait to see what Apple comes up with. A better and rich version of the Freeform App.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Eldaerenth Faexidor Avatar
9 months ago
Looking forward to the journal app. Sounds promising.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CaptMarvel Avatar
9 months ago
Better to have them fully flesh out than a subpar or rushed released.

Collaborative Playlists is a game changer. I can wait.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AdamHarbour Avatar
9 months ago
Remember when iOS launches had all the features and worked ! not coming 6mths later or never
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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