Who Will Benefit from the Update?
If your iPhone can run iOS 17, you’re all set for iOS 17.2 when it’s released. This includes all iPhones from the iPhone XS and XR, which were launched in 2018 and later. In essence, if you own a Face ID-enabled iPhone, except for the initial iPhone X, you’ll be able to update to iOS 17.2. Furthermore, both the second and third-generation iPhone SE models are also compatible with this update.
Update and its Features
The headline feature is Journal, and it’s immediately apparent why it’s so significant. This is an entirely new app created to allow you to document the events in your life. It’s designed to facilitate the practice of gratitude and enhance your overall well-being.
With Journal, you can effortlessly record your experiences and even set up notifications to encourage regular use. Security is a top priority, with Face ID or Touch ID protecting your entries, and iCloud encryption ensuring their privacy. What sets it apart is its seamless integration with the iPhone and its content, setting it apart from the numerous standalone journaling apps available.
An exciting addition to the Action Button is on the horizon, exclusively available for iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max devices. This new feature introduces a direct shortcut to the Translate function, making it convenient for you to engage in conversations in different languages or translate phrases seamlessly. The beauty of it lies in the ability to translate without the necessity of launching a separate app.
Prepare yourself for the Apple Vision Pro, a new capability that allows you to capture spatial video using your iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max. This means that the videos you record will appear as standard footage when played on your iPhone but will transform into 3D content when viewed through the Vision Pro headset.
What makes this feature so impressive is that, having experienced the mind-blowing capabilities of 3D video with the Vision Pro during testing, the ability to pre-capture content for it is quite exciting.
Additionally, in the realm of camera enhancements for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, there will be an improved telephoto camera focusing system. This improvement is worthy of applause as it enhances the capability to capture distant objects effectively, further enhancing an already outstanding camera.
In the upcoming updates, Messages will introduce a helpful arrow feature, which will swiftly guide you to the initial unread message within a conversation, making it easier to catch up.
Moreover, Memoji customization is getting an upgrade with the ability to adjust body shapes, offering users more options to personalize their Memojis.
To enhance security and protect against digital threats like spyware, Contact Key Verification and Contact Verification Code mechanisms will be available. These features will help ensure that you’re communicating with the intended individuals when faced with unusual digital threats, providing an added layer of verification for your messaging contacts.
The Weather app is set to receive enhancements, including the addition of rainfall and snowfall information for the upcoming ten days, as well as the ability to customize details like rain forecasts, sunrise times, and air quality, among other features. Furthermore, it will introduce an interactive moon calendar.
The significance of these improvements lies in the idea that knowledge empowers us, and the more access we have to fascinating weather details, the more informed decisions we can make.
But that’s not all. AirDrop will see enhancements that simplify the sharing of boarding passes and cinema tickets, making it as convenient as NameDrop. Apple Music will introduce improvements to playlists, and a new digital clock widget will be available. Additionally, there will be enhancements in autofill capabilities for fields within PDFs.
Furthermore, all iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 models will now support Qi2 charging. Lastly, if you’ve experienced wireless charging issues in specific vehicles, those issues should now be resolved.
Update’s Release Date
The most exciting part is that it’s almost here, just a matter of hours away. As for the specific time, it’s scheduled for release at 10 a.m. Pacific Time or slightly later. Regarding the exact day, there’s a possibility it might shift, but my bet is on Tuesday, December 12. Although there’s a slight chance it could be on Monday, December 11, I lean towards Tuesday, as Apple typically prefers Tuesday releases.
I’ll be providing coverage of the launch as soon as it occurs, so please return to stay updated.