Let’s Check Out the Cool Stuff in Apple’s iOS 17 and iPadOS 17

Let’s Check Out the Cool Stuff in Apple’s iOS 17 and iPadOS 17

Brand-New Features Are Here!

Guess what? Apple just released iOS 17.2 and iPadOS 17.2 for your iPhones and iPads, and it’s packed with loads of cool stuff. Say hi to NAMEDROP, STANDBY, and CONTACT Poster. Nope, they’re not band names; they’re just some awesome new things you get with iOS 17 and iPadOS 17. Let’s take a look at these cool additions.

Is Your Device Ready?

  • First things first: check to see if your iOS device can participate. You can say farewell to the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X with iOS 17. But if you own an iPhone XR, XS, or any model from the past few years—including the SE models from the second and third generations—you shouldn’t have any problems. Be patient, though; not all features work well with slower CPUs.
  • The rules are different for iPads. Take a look at this:
  • iPads from the sixth generation and later
  • iPad Mini: Fifth Generation and Later
  • iPad Air: The third generation and later
  • Pro models of the iPad: 2011 and later

Feeling confused about your iPad model? No worries, just follow the instructions and figure it out.

Let the Fun Begin!

Ready for the ride? But first, back up your stuff! iCloud’s got your back—go to Settings, tap your name, hit iCloud, and switch on iCloud Backup. Then, hit Back Up Now. If iCloud isn’t your style, check out other backup options in our guide on “How to Back Up Your iPhone or iPad.”

Now, let the fun begin. Connect your devices to power, hook up to Wi-Fi, and go to Settings > General > Software Update. Find the download option, tap Download and Install, and when the download is done, hit Install Now to start the update party. Your device will do a little restart once it’s all wrapped up. Quick tip: do this when you’re not in the middle of something super important.

What’s Cool in iOS 17.2

Hold on to your hats! iOS 17.2 brings a bunch of cool stuff:

Say Hi to the Journal App!

Meet the Journal app. Write down your thoughts, add photos, audio snippets, and music. It’s like a tiny buddy for your memories, and it even suggests moments worth writing about.

Smarter PDF Action

Dealing with PDFs? iOS 17.2’s AutoFill for PDFs just got smarter. It figures out PDF fields for quick entries. And the Notes app is now a PDF pro, letting you organize, read, annotate, and work together.

Fancy Contact Posters

Think business cards, but cooler! Make eye-catching Contact Posters for your friends, complete with your photo or Memoji, custom fonts, and colors. It works great with other calling apps and shows off in your Contacts app and places like NameDrop.

Live Voicemails Rock!

No more boring voicemails! iOS now transcribes voicemails live as they come in. Now you can decide if that call is worth interrupting your Netflix time.

Message and FaceTime Get a Makeover

Messages get a makeover with a cleaner iMessage app layout. No more mess at the top of the keyboard; your iMessage apps are now under a neat “+” icon. Reply swiftly by swiping right on messages. FaceTime gets an upgrade, letting you leave video or audio messages. You can even spice up calls on Apple TV with AR “reactions.”

Photo Editing Extravaganza

Editing photos just got easier with the batch-editing feature. Make changes to one photo, save it, and then copy and paste your edits to a bunch of others. Consistency achieved!

Sticker Mania

Stickers take the spotlight in iOS 17. Now they’re in the emoji keyboard, making them more accessible in other apps. Create personalized stickers from your photos and add cool effects. Get ready for a sticker showdown in your chats.

iPhone on StandBy

StandBy turns your iPhone into a smart display while charging in landscape mode. Pick clock designs, showcase photos, or display interactive widgets. It’s a cool feature, especially when you’re charging up with a MagSafe charger.

Better Autocorrect Bliss

Say goodbye to autocorrect problems! iOS 17 brings an improved autocorrect game with a “transformer language mode.” More accurate predictions, better correction power, and even text recommendations. Your thumbs will thank you.

Communication Safety Boost

For safety, Communication Safety now protects AirDrop, Contact Posters, FaceTime messages, and Live Stickers. It’s a shield against inappropriate content, making sure you have a safe digital space.

AirDrop Ascends

High-res media sharing got an upgrade. Now you can walk away while files transfer over the internet. Perfect for grabbing a cup of coffee.

Catch Up with Ease

Managing chat threads is easy with the “catch-up arrow.” Jump straight to the newest messages, saving you from endless scrolls. It’s the little things that make a big difference.

iMessage Contact Key Verification

Checking contacts is easy with Contact Key Verification. Confirm your messaging buddy’s identity with a code, making sure you’re not sharing secrets with the wrong person.

Enter the Journal App

iOS 17.2 brings the Journal app, your personal space for thoughts, memories, and more. Mix in photos, audio recordings, and jot down your goals. Let on-device machine learning guide your journaling journey.

Enhanced AutoFill for PDFs

If you’re all about PDFs, rejoice! iOS 17.2 makes AutoFill even better, quickly identifying fields in PDFs for easy entries. And the Notes app? It’s now a PDF pro, letting you organize, read, annotate, and collaborate easily.

Apple Music Jam

Tune in to Apple Music’s fresh beats. “Favorite” albums and playlists to create a musical haven. With iOS 17.2, your favorites automatically groove into a dedicated playlist. And the new Focus Filter keeps your listening history on the down-low.

Health App Unplugged

Tracking your daily moods? The Health app now lets you track your mood, along with depression and anxiety assessments. For parents, a Screen Distance tool encourages healthy phone habits for the kiddos.

Other Cool Changes

  • Adaptive Audio for second-gen AirPods Pro, blending Transparency mode and Active Noise Cancellation.
  • CarPlay gets SharePlay, letting the entire car crew DJ on the road.
  • Offline maps make their appearance, letting you navigate even when the internet plays hide-and-seek.
  • Accessibility gets an upgrade with Assistive Access, Live Speech, and Point and Speak.
  • Visual lookup in photos and paused video frames offers more information at your fingertips.
  • Siri gets a makeover, simplifying its activation and commands.
  • AirTags become a family affair, shareable with up to five people.
  • Furry friends join the People and Pets album in Photos, adding a touch of cuteness.
  • Translation gets a boost with the Action Button, exclusive to iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
  • Spatial video recording takes center stage on the iPhone 15 Pro models, offering a 3D viewing experience.
  • Change up your default notification sound to match your vibes.

Zooming In on iPadOS 17

iPad fans, the fun doesn’t stop. iPadOS 17 brings a bag full of shared features with iOS 17 and some extras:

Lock Screen Luxuries

Revamp your lock screen with iPadOS 17. Customize it with new wallpapers, Live Photo wallpapers, and Live Activities. Keep tabs on timers, game scores, and Uber Eats deliveries without unlocking your screen. Interactive widgets make an appearance, adding functionality without unlocking your device.

Safari Safari Safari

Safari gets a makeover in iPadOS 17. Create separate work and personal profiles for browsing, neatly segmenting your history, cookies, Tab Groups, and Favorites. Private Browsing levels up with the ability to lock tabs using Face ID or Touch ID. Your tabs stay secure even if you need to step away.

Stage Manager Spotlight

Remember Stage Manager from iOS 16? It’s back with more flexibility in moving and resizing windows on your iPad. Customize your app layouts to perfection. And here’s a treat—Stage Manager now supports built-in cameras on external displays.

Freeform Fun

Freeform, the collaborative whiteboard app, gets a facelift. Watercolor brush, calligraphy pen, highlighter, variable-width pen, ruler—new tools make your whiteboard sessions more creative. Follow Along lets you track collaborators’ moves on the canvas, ensuring everyone’s on the same page.

iPadOS 17 Wraps Up

Get ready to unleash the power of iOS 17 and iPadOS 17. From snazzy Contact Posters to live voicemails, sticker showdowns, and the cozy corner of the Journal app, Apple’s latest updates promise a delightful digital adventure. So, dive in, explore, and make the most of the coolest features that iOS and iPadOS 17 bring to the table. Happy exploring!