Discover the Exciting New Features of iOS 17, watchOS 10, and macOS 14

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Discover the Exciting New Features of iOS 17, watchOS 10, and macOS 14
David Bernal Raspall

David Bernal Raspall

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The WWDC23 has arrived, and the news and announcements are coming in quickly. As a developer-focused conference, Apple has unveiled the new operating systems that we will be able to install on our devices in a few months. iOS 17, iPadOS 17, watchOS 10, tvOS 17, and macOS 14 have been introduced, and here are all the new features.

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iOS 17 and iPadOS 17

In iOS 17, the Phone app receives a major update, allowing us to personalize our caller ID when making calls. We can customize the caller poster from the Contacts app, similar to customizing the home screen. Apple has also introduced Live VoiceMail, which transcribes voice messages in real time. Lastly, in FaceTime, we now have the ability to leave a message if someone doesn’t answer.

The Messages app also receives a significant update in iOS 17. It now allows quick replies to messages, transcriptions of audio messages, and sharing of specific location arrivals with selected contacts. Apple has also redesigned the way to access Message apps, including a new feature to create animated stickers from our photos.

AirDrop gets an update that enables sharing contacts with others and expands the range of content that can be shared. This system integrates with SharePlay, allowing apps to offer a seamless sharing experience.

The keyboard and autocorrect feature have become more powerful with the integration of artificial intelligence models. Predictions now appear directly in the text, while Dictation has improved accuracy.

Apple introduces Journal, which provides personalized suggestions based on the apps we use and our daily activities. All the information is processed on the device, prioritizing privacy.

Apple unveils the new StandBy mode, allowing users to view information on the locked screen, which can be customized similarly to home screen widgets. This feature enhances the efficiency of iPhones.

In the iPad, interactive widgets have arrived. Also, the customization of the home screen. This is a novelty that we already saw on the iPhone and now comes to the iPad. Beyond this, the Health app now arrives on the iPad, and its information syncs across all our devices.

When working with PDF documents, the system can now recognize text fields and automatically fill them. In Notes, we can now manage more PDF documents, annotate them, access them, and do it all collaboratively.

In the realm of AirPods, now with Adaptive Audio, the headphones can manage different modes based on our needs. We also improve call management and the ability to mute ourselves during a call with a simple touch.

Apple Music receives updates on CarPlay. Now we can use SharePlay in the car, allowing us to suggest songs and contribute to the playlist.

macOS 14: Sonoma

In macOS Sonoma, we can now customize the lock screen, place widgets on the desktop, and they adapt to display information while we use other applications and move around the screen. It’s a way to personalize the experience according to our needs.

In the gaming section, now Mac offers Game Mode, which prioritizes gaming to allocate resources for the best possible experience. There are also updates to Metal, allowing more and more games to come to Mac. The best example of this is the new game Death Stranding, which takes full advantage of M2 chips to shine with graphics, animations, and unique gameplay dynamics.

In terms of productivity, Apple has focused on video conferencing. Now we can be present on screens while we speak and show information. Reactions have also been added for more natural conversation.

Safari also receives updates, such as tracker blocking, tracker blocking in URLs, and even the ability to block private windows. Safari also introduces Profiles, allowing us to manage cookies and our browsing. As if that weren’t enough, now we can install PWAs on the Mac.

watchOS 10

In watchOS 10, we see a good number of updates and innovations. The most striking one is the way to access information. By turning the digital crown, we can access widgets from any watch face. We can even customize a widget with our favorite complications.

Several applications receive updates, such as the World Clock app. New buttons also appear in the Activity app to quickly access the information that interests us. Apple also introduces new watch faces, including one dedicated to Snoopy.

In the Workout app, we can now track bike workouts with much greater precision. The system provides various measurements such as heart rate zones, speed, and more.

In the Compass app, we can now mark cellular coverage points, view information in three dimensions, mark trails, and review all the information before going for a walk.

In watchOS 10, there are also updates related to the Health app. Mental health takes on importance. We can choose how we feel to keep a record and see what makes us feel that way. It’s a way to reflect and become aware of what we can improve and how. In terms of visual health, our watch will now detect how much time we spend outdoors thanks to the ambient light sensor.

tvOS 17

In tvOS 17, Apple redesigns the Control Center to allow us easier access to options. FaceTime also arrives on Apple TV, which, thanks to the continuity camera feature of our iPhone, allows us to make calls from the comfort of our living room.

Overall, Apple has presented a highly anticipated update for its operating systems. With various details spread throughout the system and across different devices, we are looking at a truly comprehensive update. The beta cycle for these updates begins today, and in September, after the release of the new iPhone 15, we will be able to install them on our iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches.

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David Bernal Raspall

David Bernal Raspall

Architect | Founder of | Apple Technologies Trainer | Writer at Softonic and iDoo_tech, formerly at Applesfera

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