Apple is expected to announce iOS 17 during its WWDC 2023 keynote, which will take place on June 5th. As the date approaches, rumors and speculations about the new features and changes that the new operating system will bring to iPhones are starting to emerge.
Among the expected improvements are new security features, enhancements to existing apps, and increased customization possibilities.
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Next, let’s explore some of the main changes that Apple may announce according to the latest rumors.
Which iPhones will be able to install iOS 17?
This is perhaps the most frequently asked question among users, especially those who don’t usually buy the latest iPhone model.
Rumors are quite divergent on this matter. It was first said that some models would be left out. However, another rumor emerged stating that all iPhones compatible with iOS 16 would also be able to install the future system.
The problem with the latter is that the “source” is the same one that was recently discovered due to Apple intentionally leaking false information.
So, it remains an uncertainty that we will only find out on June 5th.
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Central Control Center Revamp
The Control Center may also receive improvements in iOS 17, including the possibility of greater customization.
According to information from the profile @analyst941 (who was recently confirmed by Apple as a real leaker of information), the Control Center will be more flexible and the flashlight brightness adjustment can be done freely, rather than just through four predefined levels.
The ability to freely adjust the flashlight brightness may seem like a simple change, but it’s a long-standing demand from many users.
Additionally, customization can be an important step in improving the usability of the operating system.
But… since the informant of this information was discovered by Apple, there’s always the doubt whether this is really accurate information or if it was a story invented by the company itself to find out who was leaking information.
We’ll have to wait until June 5th to find out.
Wallet App Redesign
The Wallet app is another application that may undergo changes in iOS 17.
According to journalist Mark Gurman from Bloomberg, the app is expected to receive a redesign with the inclusion of tabs and search tools.
With the new features, it will be easier to organize and access cards, tickets, and other information stored in the digital wallet.
Next Generation CarPlay
The next generation of CarPlay may also be launched in 2023, and Apple has already announced that the new version will support multiple screens, widgets, and integration with vehicle functions such as instrument panel, climate controls, and FM radio.
Apple had previously announced, at WWDC 2022, that the first vehicles with support for the new CarPlay would be launched by the end of 2023.
So, it is more than logical that this will be one of the new features of the new system.
According to information reported by The Wall Street Journal, Apple is developing a diary application for the iPhone that will compete with the popular Day One app.
There aren’t many details yet on how the app will function, but it is expected to be launched alongside iOS 17 if it is ready for use.
It is believed that the app will allow users to create digital journals with images, text, and even audio and video recordings.
With Apple entering the diary app market, it is possible that Day One may lose part of its user base.
However, competition can also be beneficial for users as it may lead to improvements and innovations in both apps.
Sideloading of Apps
Sideloading is the process of installing apps on a device without using the official app store, such as Apple’s App Store.
And to comply with the requirements of the European Union’s Digital Markets Act, Apple may be preparing a change that will allow users to install apps outside of the App Store on their iPhones.
Although this may seem like a significant change, the latest rumors state that it will only happen in EU countries and will be implemented gradually.
The functionality is expected to be available in a later version of iOS 17.
iOS 17 may also bring new tools for mood tracking and visual condition management in the Health app.
The mood tracking feature, which has already been anticipated by journalist Mark Gurman from Bloomberg, aims to help people monitor their emotions and identify behavioral patterns.
Through the Health app, users could record their mood throughout the day, either by selecting an option from a predefined list or by freely writing about how they feel.
Over time, the app would generate graphs and reports showing how the user has been feeling, allowing them to identify patterns and make adjustments to their routine to improve their quality of life.
This would be a very useful tool for people who suffer from mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. By monitoring their emotional states, they can identify triggers that cause symptoms and avoid situations that may worsen their mood.
Additionally, this tracking would be helpful for anyone looking to improve their mental and emotional health. By identifying behavior patterns, it is possible to make positive changes in one’s routine and develop healthy habits that help maintain emotional balance.
Mood tracking is a growing trend in the health and wellness world. Several apps already offer this feature, such as Daylio and Moodfit (for iPad), which allow users to monitor their mood and track their progress over time.
Unwanted Tracking Alerts
With the recent introduction of AirTag, Apple plans to expand unwanted tracking alerts to other devices with similar technology from other companies, such as Tile, to protect user privacy.
This is part of a broader effort to combat the misuse of Bluetooth devices for tracking individuals.
Brands like Tile, Chipolo, Samsung, Eufy, and Pebblebee have already expressed their support for the initiative.
Mixed Reality Support
There are increasing rumors that Apple will announce a new mixed reality headset (VR and AR). In this case, many of the iOS features could be related to this type of interaction.
The information is still very vague, and it is difficult to predict what Apple will do with this technology.
So, we’ll have to wait until June 5th to find out.
For now, everything is just speculation based on rumors. We will only know for sure about the real news in a few weeks during WWDC. And Blog do iPhone will provide full coverage of all the updates.