iOS 17 Announced with New Features for FaceTime, Phone, Messages, & More

Jun 5, 2023 - 3 Comments

iOS 17 for iPhone

Apple has announced iOS 17, the next major system software release for iPhone.

The new operating system for iPhone includes some significant new features for the FaceTime app, Phone app, Messages app, AirDrop, Photos, and more.

For Phone app, a new Contact Posters feature allows users to customize how they appear on incoming calls, including choosing custom photos, typography, or memoji to represent themselves. The Phone app has also gained a new Live Voicemail feature that puts a real-time transcription of a voicemail message, and allowing you to answer that call during that real-time transcription.

For FaceTime, a new FaceTime video message feature has been developed, allowing users to leave video messages if a user does not answer a FaceTime call. FaceTime also comes to Apple TV, by using the iPhone camera.

The Messages app has gained new Live Stickers features, and a new check-in feature that allows you to notify family or friends if they’ve arrived at a destination safely.

AirDrop has also received updates and new features, allowing users to easily exchange contact information with one another simply by bringing their phones near to one another with a feature called NameDrop.

A new StandBy feature allows the iPhone to offer glanceable information like a clock, photos, or widgets, while the iPhone is turned horizontally and charging, sort of like the Nightstand mode feature of Apple Watch.

iPhone in Standby Mode

A new Journal app allows users to keep a personalized journal that includes photos, notes, workouts, moods, and much more.

iOS 17 will be available as a beta to developers today, to public beta testers in July, and to all iPhone users in the fall.

iOS 17 features

iOS 17 requires an iPhone XS or newer.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, News


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  1. Randy says:

    The announcement of iOS 17 with new features for FaceTime, Phone, Messages, and more has got me really excited! It’s always great to see Apple pushing the boundaries and introducing innovative updates to their operating system. I’m particularly looking forward to exploring the enhanced capabilities of FaceTime and the improvements in messaging and phone functionalities. Apple continues to prioritize user experience, and I can’t wait to see how these new features will enhance my daily interactions with my iPhone. Well done, Apple, for keeping us engaged and eager for the latest updates!

    • Jan says:

      My iPhone 14 max plus is changing everything on its own. Camera. turns on when I did not do it. Has rearranged my pics and I did nothing to it yet. Need apple assistant I guess. Would not like losing my pics. To many changes to close together. I do the upgrades but would seem Like I can add if I want and not if I don’t?

  2. Mark Crim says:

    Oh! And iPhone compatibility back to…

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