Apple Shares Lists of All New Features in iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma

Apple today shared in-depth lists of all new features coming with the iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma software updates, which are all set to be released later this month. The lists are available as PDFs on Apple's website.

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A key new feature of iOS 17 is StandBy, 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. The customizable interface can show a clock in various styles, a calendar, favorite photos, the weather forecast, music playback controls, widgets, and more.

Additional new features on iOS 17 include Contact Posters, NameDrop, Live Voicemail, Check In, the ability to download Apple Maps for offline use, and much more, with a full overview of the update available in our iOS 17 roundup.

iPadOS 17 has many of the same features as iOS 17, plus adds widgets on the Lock Screen, Live Activities support, a Health app for the iPad, and more. For a comprehensive look at everything new for the iPad, read our iPadOS 17 roundup.

macOS Sonoma has an assortment of new features and enhancements for the Mac, including interactive widgets on the desktop, Apple TV-like aerial screensavers, enhancements to apps like Messages and Safari, a new Game mode that prioritizes CPU and GPU performance for gaming, and more, with more details available in our macOS Sonoma roundup.

iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 will be released on Monday, September 18, while macOS Sonoma will be released on Tuesday, September 26, according to Apple.

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Top Rated Comments

Eldaerenth Faexidor Avatar
8 months ago
iOS 17 is more impressive than the entire iPhone 15 lineup, imo.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CarAnalogy Avatar
8 months ago

:oops::D? Is this a joke? All three PDFs are created with macOS 10.14 Mojave!!!! Seems that Apple needs to upgrade their hardware! ?
Maybe the software they're using is still 32 bit and they don't want to pay for an upgrade.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
yayarod Avatar
8 months ago
:oops::D? Is this a joke? All three PDFs are created with macOS 10.14 Mojave!!!! Seems that Apple needs to upgrade their hardware! ?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fatTribble Avatar
8 months ago
Love this! ?
In years past it was on the Apple site when the new IOS was announced.
It’s easy to miss a lot of very useful changes.
This really helps! ?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Marswarrior462 Avatar
8 months ago
I found out that the iPhone 15 feature in which you can edit the focus point of a Portrait mode photo is available on older phones like my 13 Pro Max. That, combined with me not having enough money saved up at the moment and the lack of Thunderbolt, convinced me to hold on another year. Even though I hate Lightning, spending $2700 on a whole new phone when my phone still takes excellent pictures, has decent battery life, is still plenty fast, and has a screen far better than my TV is a tough pill to swallow. I'll probably upgrade to the 16 Pro Max or 16 Ultra or whatever. I'm still angry that I had to spend $400 to buy a whole new set of AirPods because they don't sell the USB-C case separately. I'm just done with Lightning
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
svish Avatar
8 months ago
Will be updating my devices as soon as it is available. iOS 17 has some very good improvements this year
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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