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iOS 17 is already being tested by Apple Developer Program members, and it is loaded with huge features and improvements. Apple announced some of them during the WWDC 2023, but there were still some details that Apple didn’t directly mention. Here are some of them:

  • Visual Look Up improvements. Apple is boosting the power of its Visual Look Up feature by allowing you to “look up” the information about a subject you lifted or cropped from the photo. This option will be available in the callout menu.
  • Look Up in the video. Aside from lifting subjects from photos, iOS 17 users can also extract objects from videos when they pause them. According to Apple, this will apply to any frame in the video, and users can simply tap the subject to lift them.
  • Better Photo app subject recognition. According to Apple, it has improved the People album to better recognize individuals who are common subjects in the user’s photos. It says the system will now easily recognize cats and dogs by adding them to the People album.
  • Freeform tools. There will be new drawing tools in Freeform via the iOS 17 update. This new set of tools will include a watercolor brush, calligraphy pen, highlighter, variable-width pen, and ruler.
  • Easier Apple ID sign-in. In iOS 17, Apple says users can securely sign in to their iPhone using a nearby device or any email address or phone number listed in their account.
  • Sharing of AirTag. Apple says it will allow sharing of AirTag or Find My network accessories with up to five other people in iOS 17.
  • PDF AutoFill. iOS users can access a new Auto capability in iOS 17, allowing them to use their saved information from Contacts to fill out a PDF or scanned document.
  • Grocery item auto-sorting. In Reminders, the Grocery Lists will implement auto-sorting of items into categories. Nonetheless, the company stresses that users can change them, noting that the list remembers your preferences.
  • New Memoji stickers. Apple added new Memoji stickers in iOS 17: Halo, Smirk, and Peekaboo.
  • Yesterday’s weather. Apple will add the information about yesterday’s weather in iOS 17 in the Weather app.
  • Contact pronoun field. Apple added a new area for your contacts in case you want to add pronouns for them.
  • New wallpapers. There are new wallpapers in iOS 17 and even a whole new category named Kaleidoscope.
  • Collaboration in Music playlist creation. You can share your friends your playlist by inviting them. This will also allow them to add, reorder, and remove songs. Individuals invited can also react to the songs in Now Playing using emojis.
  • Music app Crossfade. iOS 17 will inject Crossfade into the Music app.
  • Games in Apple News+. In iOS 17, subscribers of the service will start having access to Crossword and Mini crossword puzzle games alongside audio stories via Apple’s Podcasts app.
  • More Notes capabilities. The iOS 17 will allow Notes users to view and mark up PDFs and scans of presentations, assignments, research papers, and more. 
  • More timers. In iOS 17, Apple will introduce multiple timers.
  • Better Fitness app info. Apple promises to bring an improved Fitness app in iOS 17 by providing a more detailed summary of activity history by adding workouts, mindfulness sessions, and dives. For Fitness+ subscribers, users will be given the option to create a meditation and workout custom plan.
  • Friend’s health achievements. The Health app will now display a friend’s workout achievement summary.
  • Instant app and system access in Spotlight. Users will notice that when they search for something in Spotlight, other helpful additions in results will be added. For instance, searching for the Photos app will also suggest the albums within that app for instant access. Also, Spotlight will let you toggle on and off some system controls like WiFi when you search for it.
  • Dark mode for AirPods pop-ups. When iOS 17 users turn on the dark mode in their devices, AirPods pop-ups will also be in dark mode.
  • Mute/unmute actions in AirPods. In iOS 17, AirPods Pro (1st and 2nd generation), AirPods (3rd generation), and AirPods Max will have a new mute and unmute feature y simply pressing the stem.

These features are included in iOS 17 beta, but note that only Apple Developer Program members have access to them currently. Also, the update has certain device requirements, and bugs are reportedly affecting the beta now. With this, expect some issues in the beta version of iOS 17, ranging from app crashes and UI inconsistencies to excessive heating and battery usage.

The official release of iOS 17 will arrive in September. Prior to that, though, Apple is expected to release iOS 16.6 with minimal improvements and new features this month. However, iOS 16.6 is also still in beta, with Apple releasing the Beta 3 last week. 


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