Apple announced the general release of iOS 17 for its iPhone recently and the software offers new features that are partly practical and partly flashy.
On the flashy side, iOS 17 allows users to create posters for themselves that will appear on the phones they call, with a selected image and font.
On the practical side, the new OS will help forgetful friends and family tell their loved ones they made it home safely.
The Check In feature tracks your progress and automatically sends an update when you arrive at your destination.
A Roadside Assistant enables stranded users to call AAA for help even without a cell signal, relying instead on Apple’s satellite service SOS.
There are many small improvements to features like auto-correct which adds some AI brainpower to the equation to be more accurate with its predictions.
The iMessage application has been overhauled making common features more accessible, and automating voice transcriptions with a higher level of accuracy.
If you miss messages while offline, iMessage can take you back to the top with a simple Catch Up arrow feature.
And if you need to find a particular message among the thousands, iOS 17 adds a message search. Finally.
Users will be able to send a call right to voicemail but be able to see a live transcription of the message right from their homepage in real-time allowing them to pick up if the call is truly urgent.
If you use a MagSafe dock, you can turn your phone into a horizontal dashboard with information from your phone and Widgets.
Finally, FaceTime users can project their conversation onto televisions via an AppleTV.
All in all, the new iOS adds enough bang for the buck to be worth the download.