This is what iOS 17 could look like! BIG leaks surface; Check expected features

iOS 17 is likely to launch within a few months and the leaks have begun pouring in. As we wait for the biggest OS update of the year from Apple, know which new features can come to iPhone users.

| Updated on: Mar 02 2023, 17:59 IST
The latest iOS 16.3 update for iPhones will transform your experience
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1/6 iOS 16.3 has some amazing new features including the Security Keys for Apple IDs. Apple has introduced the Security Keys feature, which allows you to strengthen the security of your account by requiring a physical security key as part of the two-factor authentication sign-in process.  ( HT Tech)
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2/6 Apple has introduced the Black Unity Wallpaper for iPhones to honour Black history and culture. (Pixabay)
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3/6 Advanced-Data Protection will be available globally with the iOS 16.3 update providing you a choice to activate end-to-end encryption for additional apps such as Notes, Photos, Message backups and more. (HT Tech)
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4/6 Apart from these, Apple has rolled out support for the recently launched 2nd Gen HomePod. Moreover, the update also fixes several bugs and issues such as the accidental, issue of the horizontal lines on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, the black wallpaper bug, and Siri issues in CarPlay have also been addressed. (Unsplash)
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5/6 Who is eligible to get the update? Anyone with an eligible iPhone. That means anyone with an iPhone 8 or later will be able to download the iOS 16.3 update. (Unsplash)
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6/6 How to install the latest iOS 16 update: Just open Settings and tap General. Now go to the Software Update and check for the latest available update. (Unsplash)
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Know the new features you are likely to see on iOS 17. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

iOS 16 was first announced at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June 2022. With just a few months remaining for this year's WWDC event that will announce the iOS 17, the curiosity among the iPhone enthusiasts is at an all time high. With the iOS 16, we saw an emphasis on personalization, collaborative platforms and customized user experience. And now, there are some big leaks and rumors which reveal some likely features that we could see with the iOS 17 update. Check out the expected features for iOS 17 release.

iOS 17 could bring some exciting new features

Leaks around iOS 17 suggest that the upcoming iPhone OS update is likely to focus on refinement of existing features rather than adding a lot of new features. One such report by 9to5Google believes that the theme for this year could be frictionless interactivity.

What this means is that users will get further customization tools to enhance their iPhone experience. The lock screen is likely to benefit the most from this and is expected to receive more customization tools such as new fonts, new widgets and even different lock screens with different focus modes. While unlikely, some leaks have also suggested that sharing fully customized lock screens with other users could also be possible. This could be facilitated with a marketplace app, although it does seem like a remote possibility.

Other additions could be around the Dynamic Island which is rumored to feature on all upcoming iPhone 15 devices. This means new UI elements for apps, more notification banners and more interactive tools. Further, Live Activities and Lock Screen widgets could be brought to the Home Screen. We saw the Live Activities feature being launched in iOS 16 and it could now be integrated outside the lock screen.

According to previous reports by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, iOS 17 is also expected to permit alternative app stores on the iPhone in Europe, as mandated by the Digital Markets Act. It is expected that this update will be added to a possible version of iOS 17 by mid-2024.

It should be noted that all the features discussed here are based on leaks and rumors and there is no official word on whether they will be incorporated into iOS 17 or not. For that, we will have to wait for June 2023 when the operating system will be officially unveiled.

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First Published Date: 02 Mar, 17:46 IST
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