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Apple plans to start rolling out iOS17 next week onwards from September 18 and will bring significant changes to key apps like Phone, FaceTime, and Messages for iPhone users.
During its iPhone 15 launch earlier this week, tech giant Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) also announced that iOS 17 will be available to users to download for free from September 18 onwards. The company had previously announced the software update earlier this year in June.
However, Apple had earlier rolled it out only to the beta users since it was willing to address some bugs. iOS 17 will introduce significant changes to key apps like Phone, FaceTime, and Messages for iPhone users. Meanwhile, iPad users can expect the addition of the Health app, expanded widget functionality, and new options for customizing the lock screen as part of the update.
The upcoming iPhone update will bring voicemails to FaceTime, allowing users to leave video messages for their contacts. Messages will feature an enhanced search function and a group chat catch-up feature. Additionally, Apple is introducing Standby mode, which will transform the phone into a bedside clock when placed sideways on a table or nightstand.
Some Features of iOS 17
iOS 17 introduces StandBy, transforming your iPhone into an information hub when it’s connected to a charger. While on the locked screen, you can access customizable full-screen information such as the time, Live Activities, incoming notifications, and an array of widgets.
Another groundbreaking feature is NameDrop. With NameDrop, sharing contact information becomes effortless; simply bring your iPhone close to another person’s iPhone or Apple Watch 3.
iOS 17 also empowers users to add interactive widgets to both their lock screen and home screen, offering support for both first-party and third-party apps.
Furthermore, iOS 17 enhances FaceTime with the capability to record and send audio/video messages, incorporate 3D effects into your video, and initiate a FaceTime call directly on Apple TV.
Apple iPhone 15 Launch
During its annual launch event on Tuesday, Apple unveiled the iPhone 15 lineup, featuring sleek titanium exteriors and USB-C charging. The tech giant also unveiled the new Apple Watch which boasts an impressive 72-hour battery life.
The iPhone 15 series includes four models, with prices ranging from $799 for the entry-level iPhone 15 to at least $1,199 for the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Preorders for these phones will commence on Friday, and they are set to become available on September 22.
As for the Apple Watch lineup, the Ultra 2 will be priced at $799, the Series 9 at $399, and the second-generation SE at $249. Customers can already preorder these watches, and they will officially launch on September 22. In early Wednesday trading, Apple’s stock saw a minor decrease of less than 1%.