Along with new iPhones, iOS 17 will be released later this year.
A new story from Bloomberg, authored by the typically trustworthy Mark Gurman, provides some details on what to expect from Apple's upcoming OS update, beyond generic performance enhancements.
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The ability to virtually use your locked iPhone running iOS 17 as a smart display is arguably the most exciting new feature.
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It will display calendar events, weather data, and notifications in a novel manner like a standalone smart display. According to reports, this view will only be seen when the iPhone is held in landscape mode.
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Making the handsets more useful while they are on your desk or bedside is the obvious motivation for this. When this function is turned on, there will be a dark background and bright text for simple reading.
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Given that Apple has recently been hesitant to port new iPhone capabilities to its tablets, it is unknown when the company would release a new horizontal interface for iPads.
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In iOS 17, there will be "significant changes" made to the Wallet app, as well as improvements to location services and a new journaling app that "adds note taking and a stronger social element to the device."
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Along with the Health app moving to iPadOS, expect new tools for tracking your mood and managing poor vision. Finally, AirPlay will be improved (though it's not clear how) in the upcoming version of Apple's mobile software along with SharePlay.
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AirPlay may start to show more frequently at hotels and "other places that offer TVs and speakers". On June 5, Apple is anticipated to present iOS 17 at its WorldWide Developer Conference.