- Apple is set to launch its iOS 17 on devices next month alongside the iPhone 15
- There are several features, such as Live Voicemail and NameDrop included
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Let’s be honest. Most phone hardware upgrades aren’t worth it. Sure, it’s a bit faster and the camera is better, but that doesn’t mean much to most people.
Especially considering the price, rumor has it that when Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro Max (with 2TB of storage) is announced in mid-September, it should cost $2,100. Yes, the high-end iPhone costs about 60% more than a MacBook.
On the other hand, software upgrades are free. Apple’s iOS 17 update includes many new changes and features that you won’t want to miss.
DailyMail.com has rounded up five of our favorites – and how to upgrade now if you don’t want to wait for the September release.
I just checked in
Asking your loved ones to text you when they get home is a thing of the past. With Apple’s new Check In feature enabled, you’ll automatically be notified when a family member or friend arrives safely at their destination.
Check In also shares your friend’s location, how much battery they have left, and whether or not they have good cell service.
Apple claims that all of this information is end-to-end encrypted, so don’t worry if a creep gets their hands on it.
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I come to you directly
If you’re over a certain age, you probably remember old-fashioned voicemails, the kind that let you pick up the phone in the middle of the message if you thought the call was worth answering.
Apple is bringing that back with the Live Voicemail feature.
Live Voicemail transcribes the message in real time and allows you to take the call.
Each transcription is stored on your device and private, so you don’t have to worry about where your voicemails go.
One of the best aspects is that unwanted calls are automatically rejected and do not appear as live voicemail. Wow!
Will your phone receive the update? Not all models support iOS 17. Check here if your iPhone is eligible.
Send me a message
AirDrop makes it easy to share photos with a nearby iPhone or Apple device.
Now Apple is taking it to the next level with NameDrop.
This feature replaces bulky business cards by allowing users to share contact information by joining two iPhones (or an iPhone and an Apple Watch) together.
NameDrop isn’t just for networking events. The feature also includes SharePlay, where you can easily share your favorite music, games, and movies with other nearby iPhone users. Rather sweet.
Love your AirPods? This one is for you. The new iOS update includes many new features to personalize the audio experience and improve automatic switching and call controls.
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● Adaptive Audio lets you adjust the volume of everything you listen to based on your environment and interactions.
● Conversation Awareness automatically lowers your music volume and reduces background noise when it detects a conversation nearby.
● Custom volume learns about you and your preferences to keep your volume settings where you like them.
With the custom contact poster feature, you can customize your image and change the appearance of incoming calls from friends and family.
You will also have access to improved typography and font colors.
It’s much better than just a small photo to show you who’s calling.
Get it before everyone else
You can update to iOS 17 immediately if you want to become a beta tester. Keep in mind that beta software may still have bugs and issues. At this point in the process, iOS 17 is about to be optimized.
● Register for the Apple Beta software program on the Apple website.
● Back up your device to iCloud or your computer.
● Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
● Look for a menu called Beta Updates and enable it.
● Select iOS 17 Public Beta and install it.
Remember to backup your phone before installing the beta software. You can upgrade to your latest save if things get even buggier during your test run.
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