iOS 17, the upcoming iteration of Apple’s operating system, is set to launch later this year, coinciding with the release of new iPhones. A recent report by the highly reliable Mark Gurman at Bloomberg ↗ provides insights into what we can anticipate from Apple’s next OS version, beyond general performance improvements. Apple plans to unveil iOS 17 during its Worldwide Developer Conference, scheduled for June 5.
One of the most captivating additions will be the ability to utilize a locked iPhone running iOS 17 as a smart display. When in landscape orientation, the device will exhibit calendar appointments, weather information, and notifications in a new and distinct style reminiscent of an independent smart display. This feature aims to enhance the utility of iPhones when placed on a desk or nightstand. Activating this feature will enable a dark background with bright text, ensuring effortless readability.
Moreover, Apple is reportedly working on a new horizontal interface specifically designed for iPads. However, the timeline for its release remains uncertain, considering the company’s recent delay in bringing new iPhone features to its tablet lineup. Speaking of iPads, Apple is also said to be developing a low-cost tablet that can be magnetically attached to walls and stands, although progress in this area has been relatively slow. In iOS 17, the Wallet app will undergo “significant changes,” and there will be improvements in location services. Additionally, a journaling app will be introduced, focusing on note-taking and fostering a stronger social element on Apple devices. Furthermore, expect new features catering to mood logging and aiding individuals with visual impairments, along with the Health app making its way to iPadOS.
Finally, AirPlay is expected to have a more prominent role in hotels and other establishments offering televisions and speakers. The upcoming version of Apple’s mobile software will see enhancements to AirPlay, although the specifics of these upgrades remain undisclosed. SharePlay is also slated for improvements in the next iOS iteration.