It’s that time of the year again! Apple’s gearing up to roll out its latest iOS update, and the buzz is real. Set to be available tonight, September 18, iOS 17 promises a slew of features that are bound to elevate your iPhone experience. If you’ve been on the edge of your seat, waiting to find out what’s in store, we’ve got the lowdown for you.
Before you jump into the iOS 17 bandwagon, Apple’s got a little advice for you: back that iPhone up! Sure, data loss is a rare hiccup, but why take the risk? If you’re the kind who’s got their iPhone backing up automatically (you know, the whole power and Wi-Fi shebang), you’re golden. If not, just head over to Settings > Your Name > iCloud > iCloud Backup. Give that ‘Back Up Now’ a tap, and you’re all set to embrace the new update.
iOS 17: Features That We’re Most Excited About
- NameDrop: Ever met someone and wanted to exchange contact details without the hassle? Enter NameDrop. This feature lets you swiftly share contact info just by bringing two iPhones close. No more manual typing!
- Contact Posters: Jazz up your contact card with emojis or images. When you call someone, they’ll see your personalized poster in all its glory.
- StandBy Mode: Turn your charging iPhone into a smart display. Get a glance at notifications, date, time, and more without even picking up your phone.
- iMessage Check-In: Share your live location, cell service status, and battery level with loved ones. Perfect for those late-night travels.
- FaceTime Audio and Video Messages: If someone misses your FaceTime call, leave them a custom audio or video message. Plus, enjoy FaceTime on your Apple 4K TV!
- Siri Gets Quicker: Just say “Siri” instead of “Hey Siri” for a faster response. Plus, Siri now understands back-to-back commands.
- Shared AirTags: Share the location of your AirTags with up to five people. Perfect for items like home keys that multiple family members might need to track.
- Auto-delete 2FA Codes: No more cluttered message threads. Once you use a 2FA code, iOS 17 will automatically delete it for you.
- Keyboard Upgrades: Improved autocorrect, inline predictive text, and a more accurate dictation feature.
- Interactive Widgets: Interact directly with widgets without opening the associated app. Play music or turn off lights right from the widget.
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