iOS 17, after being announced at WWDC 2023, is finally available for compatible iPhones. It includes a number of new features based on the reform brought by Apple’s iOS 16. While the interface hasn’t changed much, new features like StandBy, better Siri, Contact Posters and NameDrop promise a better overall experience with a focus on quality of life improvements. However, some features have been overlooked and can prove to be quite useful.
So, if you’ve already upgraded to iOS 17 and want to check out the new features, or if you want to learn more about the features before upgrading, read on for more information. Specifically, iOS 17 is compatible with all iPhones released after the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus — basically, all iPhones released in 2018 or later.
Underrated New iOS 17 Features:
Better DualSIM experience
While there is a lot of talk about other popular features like NameDrop, features like a better DualSIM experience have been overlooked, and especially in the Indian context, this plays a big role. iOS 17 users now have the convenience of organizing their messages based on their primary and secondary SIM cards – a feature that can be essential when dealing with work and personal matters on different SIM cards. Apple has also provided users with the ability to set different ringtones for each SIM card, which is useful for both personal and work use.
iPhone users will have access to a new feature that allows audio cloning directly on their devices. This feature is primarily intended for individuals who may be at risk of losing their ability to speak. To access this feature, users can go to the “Accessibility” settings and find the “Personal Voice” option. Here, they can record their voice in a natural voice while holding their iPhone 5-6 inches from their face. Apple’s software processes these voice models and later presents users with a cloned version of their voice. This cloned voice can then be used in some native apps like FaceTime.
FaceTime gets the attention it deserves
Speaking of FaceTime, another part of the iOS experience that’s getting attention is FaceTime. Not only is it one of the most used iPhone features, but people also use it for work. Now, to solve the problem, users can leave a message when someone doesn’t answer a call, mute unknown callers, and even play video messages on their Apple Watch.
Siri has been around since the iPhone 4S came out in 2011 and has improved a lot since then. But it has always been lacking in one area – bilingualism. However, now Siri can understand and respond to both English and Hindi simultaneously. And it can even mix other Indian languages like Telugu or Marathi with English.