Apple has announced that it will be releasing iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma later this month, and has shared detailed lists of all the new features that will come with these software updates. The lists are available in PDF format on Apple’s website.
One of the key new features of iOS 17 is StandBy, a full-screen view that is designed to be viewed from a distance when an iPhone is charging on its side. StandBy provides glanceable information such as the time in various styles, a calendar, favorite photos, weather forecast, music playback controls, and widgets. This customizable interface aims to enhance the user experience of using an iPhone while it is charging.
iOS 17 also introduces a range of additional features, including Contact Posters, which allow users to create dynamic contact cards for sharing personal or professional information. NameDrop is another feature that simplifies the process of sharing contact information by allowing users to share contacts with others nearby. Live Voicemail enables users to access and listen to voicemail messages in real-time without having to call a specific number. Another notable feature is the ability to download Apple Maps for offline use, which will be particularly useful for travelers.
The iPadOS 17 update shares many features with its iOS counterpart, but also brings some unique additions. One of the standout features is the availability of widgets on the Lock Screen, allowing users to easily access information at a glance. Live Activities support allows users to experience real-time updates and engage with interactive content, enhancing the overall user experience. Furthermore, iPadOS 17 introduces a Health app specifically designed for the iPad, enabling users to track their health and wellness data on a larger screen.
macOS Sonoma offers a range of new features and enhancements for Mac users. One of the notable additions is the inclusion of interactive widgets on the desktop, similar to those found on iOS and iPadOS. Users can customize their desktop widgets to display information and functionalities that are relevant to them. Another exciting addition is the Apple TV-like aerial screensavers, which provide visually stunning and dynamic screensavers for Mac users. Additionally, macOS Sonoma introduces enhancements to apps like Messages and Safari, as well as a new Game mode that optimizes CPU and GPU performance for gaming enthusiasts.
According to Apple, iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 will both be released on September 18, while macOS Sonoma is set to be released on September 26. These updates promise to bring a host of new features and improvements to Apple’s mobile and desktop platforms. Users can access the detailed PDF lists of all new features on Apple’s website, and tech enthusiasts can find comprehensive overviews of each software update on MacRumors’ iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma roundups. It’s an exciting time for Apple users as they eagerly anticipate the arrival of these highly anticipated software updates.