Apple just made using an iPhone fun again with the new iOS 17.
Many new features come alive with iOS 17, including some that help improve your privacy and security. As with any updates, I recommend downloading the latest software update to keep your iPhone or iPad most secure.
IOS 17 improves on several ways we interact with our iPhones. One thing just got easier. “Hey, Siri” is now just “Siri” to get a voice command going. You can also follow up on a Siri command without saying Siri again.
If you do nothing else, once downloaded and installed, these are the top things you will want to know right away.
Apple now lets you unleash your creativity to design the screen that appears to others when you call, message or FaceTime.
Apple is now amping up a focus on your security with a feature that automatically deletes the numerous two-factor codes that come into your messages and email to verify your identity. I recommend that you turn on this option to “Clean Up Automatically” to keep things clean and secure.
When someone calls and is sent to voicemail, the moment they begin leaving a voice message, a live transcript of what they are saying appears on your screen. I’ve tested this incredible retro new feature and love it. You now have the option to interrupt their message and accept the incoming call.
To change your iPhone ringtone
After years of the same classic Apple iPhone ringtones, fresh, new, modern themes are available. Give your iPhone inbound ringtone, notifications and alert sounds a makeover immediately.
There are 25 new bold sounds. Some make it a lot easier to hear your iPhone ringing, and others have modern, softer edges for a more discrete sound.
When you have picked the perfect ringtone, continue < back to select sounds for notifications and alerts.
Your iPhone will alert them when you get there. To use the all-new Check In from your Messages app:
Apple has enabled a feature that lets you leave a video voicemail message on FaceTime for someone who doesn’t answer or declines your inbound call. For the person who misses your call, they can watch your video message and then have the option to tap “Message” to send a quick note back to you or “FaceTime” to return the video call.
If you have an Apple TV 4K, the new tvOS 17 lets you put your FaceTime calls on the big screen while using your iPhone as the camera. You will see it on Apple TV along with a refresh control center from the on-screen menu.
Your new custom sticker will be stored in the sticker drawer for you to use on any text message or email. Add special effects to your sticker to make it move to create what Apple calls Live Stickers.
It feels like you are making your iPhones kiss each other with this new trick called Name Drop to easily share contact info with another person. No more menus or buttons to initiate when you want to pass each other’s digits.
An amazing feature will now let me remove one of the two AirTags around our dog Rosie’s collar. Previously, only one person could view the whereabouts of an AirTag. Now, you can add anyone else using iOS 17 by:
IOS 17 is here, and, oh boy, the wait was well worth it. This update comes full of surprises and introduces many new features that are sure to make you fall in love with your iPhone all over again.
What I love most is that you can design your own contact poster, make your own custom stickers, see live voicemails and choose from 25 new ringtones and sounds. What’s not to love? Don’t miss out on all these cool new features and download it today.
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