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I just installed iOS 17 and it’s clear to me that these five features revolutionize the way I interact with iPhone

This June 5 Apple introduced iOS 17 in partnership. It has done so in a WWDC full of news, although without a doubt the highlight of the day has been the Vision Pro. The new iPhone operating system not yet available as official versionalthough it is in beta form that can already be downloaded.

Although it is true that on a visual level there are not as many novelties as one would expect from a launch like this, there are enough changes to justify an update. I’ve been using iOS 17 on my iPhone for a few hours, and the truth is that there are five new features that I think will change the way I use my smartphone.

Journal: bring your life up to date and organize yourself better

Journal is an initiative by Apple so that let’s turn our iPhone into a digital diary. We can use the application to write what we have done each day, add details, photos, audio recordings, music, etc. The idea is that later we can go back and remember that place we went to, that talk we had or an experience we don’t want to forget. It is something that we did not have in iOS 16 and that many will appreciate.

In addition, thanks to artificial intelligence our iPhone will make personalized suggestions so that our diary is more ours. Depending on the photos we take, the music we listen to, and even the exercise we do, we can access recommendations just for us. All this from our own iPhone, so that no one can access information as sensitive as your day-to-day life.

Standby mode: information at all times

In iOS 16, when you put your iPhone to charge, it does not give you any information. Just charge. If you have an iPhone 14 Pro you will see the time and if you receive a notification thanks to the always-on screen, but little else. However, iOS 17 is going to change that forever. thanks to standby mode.

When your iPhone is charging and placed in a horizontal position, it will show relevant information. It can be configured to use it as a clock, add a calendar, music if it is playing, a photo, simply the time… the possibilities are limitless and it is a nice functionalityespecially for those of us who have a charging stand on the nightstand.

Live Voicemail: audio transcription on the fly

Craig Federighi presenting Live Voicemail

For some voice mail is a thing of the past. Now if you call someone and they don’t answer, you send them a WhatsApp. However, there are those who do use it. Sometimes they can accumulate, and as the system is set up you cannot listen to the last one until you have listened to all the previous ones. Sometimes it can be frustrating, but Apple has decided to make this a bit easier. the extent possible.

Thanks to artificial intelligence Apple has been able to add to iOS 17 a system that automatically transcribes voice messages to the iPhone. In this way we can find out what they say much faster, in addition to the fact that it will not be necessary for us to have the ability to listen to them for it. They are all advantages.


NameDrop: AirDrop raised to the nth power

Namedrop working on two iPhone 14 pro

If whoever came up with the idea for AirDrop in the first place had been taught this then, I’d say that’s just what I was thinking. In both Android and iOS 16, the process for sharing our phone number is the same: recite it out loud or write it on the other person’s mobile. It’s impractical, but since there didn’t seem to be any other alternative, no one had thought of it.

With iOS 17 everything changes. Now to share our contact information with another person, all we have to do is bring our iPhone closer to theirs. that way we will both receive information from the other. It is not just limited to the phone number, but also your photo, email and so on. Basically everything that the other person wants to share with us.

Check-in: live more safely and calmly

Three iPhones showing check-in functionality

Whenever we leave home, we go on a trip, we get on a plane or whatever, it is inevitable that someone tells us “let us know when you arrive”. It is normal. This is how we all make sure that nothing has happened to the people we love, although it is true that sometimes, and more so with the rush we are in, the desire to sleep or a mixture of all of this they make it kind of tedious.

Thanks to iOS 17 we can now do it completely automatically. When our iPhone detects that we have arrived at our house, it will send it to the contacts that we have previously selected a little notification that all is well. In addition, it will automatically follow our route, and if we deviate, take longer than necessary, or never directly reach our destination, it will also notify you. We hope that no one ever has to make use of this functionality, but it can be extremely useful for cases of disappearances.

Other novelties: an iOS more complete than it appears

iOS 17 taught on six different iPhones

Although it may not seem like it, this update brings more news than it a priori seems. Music now has a crossfade functionality between songs (although trying to activate it in beta is closed for now). There are also interactive widgets, which while still a bit primitive, They indicate the direction that Apple wants to take in this regard..

iOS 17: how you can install it and what devices are compatible

The verification codes that we receive by mail will also be auto-filled, something that in iOS 16 only happened with SMS. It will be possible to collaborate on Music playlists, there will be Live Stickers, etc. There are many novelties in this release, but if I had to choose the five that have really surprised me, these are it. It’s well worth upgrading.

In Applesphere | iOS 17 is now official: greater customization in your contacts and on the lock screen

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Apple explains why only USB-C AirPods Pro support lossless audio with Vision Pro

Apple is today marketing a revision of the AirPods Pro which has the particularity of having a USB-C port on the charging case. But that’s not the only change: the headphones also support lossless audio with the Apple Vision Pro headset.

Why can’t the second generation AirPods Pro with the Lightning Charging Case also support lossless audio with the Vision Pro? Brian Tong did an interview with two Apple executives to get the answer. Ron Huang, Apple’s vice president of sensors and connectivity, gives the answer.

Ron Huang says the H2 chip in AirPods Pro with the USB-C port supports the 5GHz wireless frequency band for ultra-low latency and less interference, while the H2 chip in AirPods Pro with the Lightning port is limited to the 2.4 GHz band. Apple says it’s this support for the 5GHz band that allows the updated AirPods Pro to support lossless audio with the Vision Pro.

The Apple Vision Pro headset will be available in early 2024, first in the United States. The price will be $3,499. Apple has already planned marketing in other countries, but this will happen later at a price that is currently unknown in euros.

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Supermodels: the documentary on the star models of the 80s and 90s is available on Apple TV+

The docuseries The Supermodels is available in its entirety (i.e. 4 episodes) on the subscription platform Apple TV+. As the title indicates, this documentary directed by Barbara Kopple focuses on the rise of what we called in the 80s and 90s the “supermodels”, that is to say star models to whom nothing seemed resist, women often adored as film actresses. Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and a few others were truly fashion icons of that era, a golden period that the Apple TV+ series retraces in 4 major chapters, The Look, The Celebrity, The Power and The Legacy.

The docuseries The Supermodels will also offer its large batch of sequences and unpublished documents, as well as of course interviews with the main interested parties. It will not only be about the glorious past since the series will also look at the current activities of these ex-fashion stars, “their activism, philanthropy and business prowess”. And of course, US production obliges, a documentary on famous women could not miss the mark of “empowerment”: “As the fashion industry continues to redefine itself, this is the ultimate story of power and how four women came together to reclaim it, paving the way for those who would follow.” » An entire program…

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It would (already) be a hit for the iPhone 15 Pro Max, and a small disappointment for the iPhone 15 Pro

After just a few days of pre-orders, the lively Ming Chi Kuo can already give the main trends in iPhone sales for the current and coming quarter. For the analyst, there are no doubts: the new iPhone 15/15 Pro range is a huge success, and Apple should distribute 80 million copies until the end of the year compared to 76 million for the iPhone 14/14 Pro range. Surprisingly, the 15 Pro Max model is popular with buyers, and Kuo estimates that Apple will sell 35 million of this model (Q3 and Q4), or 7 million more 15 Pro Max compared to sales of the 14 Pro. Max over the same period.

iPhone 15 Pro Official Color Front Back

On the other hand, sales would be a little below expectations for the two most “standard” models, namely the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Pro. Kuo does not give figures, but specifies that without a drop in prices (via occasional promotions for example), the volume of these sales should not change much in a few months. The surprise is undoubtedly on the side of the iPhone 15 Plus, which would sell beyond the stock capacities initially planned by Apple. The factories will have to operate more vigorously…

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