New iOS 17 features can help keep you safe: How they work

Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 17, was released on Monday at the start of a big week for the tech giant.

The OS release is the first product from Apple’s “Wonderlust” event that consumers can get their hands on as the iPhone 15 and Apple Watch Series 9 arrive in stores on Friday.

iOS 17 brings new features to Apple’s flagship product. While new features like Standby Mode and Live Voicemail are the most notable additions, there are also useful upgrades to help users keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

Here are three major updates in iOS 17 that can help keep users safe.

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Check-in upgrades.

iOS 17 will allow users to create a destination to send a check to a specific person, such as the person’s home. Once the user reaches the destination, the phone can automatically send a notification to the designated person that the user has reached his destination.

The Check-in feature can also be set for a period of time. When the time is up, the phone will ask the user to tap the screen to ensure it is safe.

If the user doesn’t tap the screen or make progress toward their designated destination for 15 minutes, the feature will ask the user if they’re okay and will share information such as location, battery charge, and cellular service with the designated person.

Offline maps

The Maps feature will now be available offline in iOS 17. Users will be able to get location and route information in areas where cellular service is not available. ETA data will be provided using historical traffic data.

Improved weather forecast

The Weather app in iOS 17 will provide more detailed information in its forecast. The updated app will provide hour-by-hour forecasts of rainfall potential for 10 days as well as wind strength and direction for the next 24 hours.

What are the other new features in iOS 17?

  • Live voicemail screening: The new operating system will allow users to read the text of a voicemail in real time and decide whether or not they want to answer the call.
  • standby mode: iPhone users will be able to put their phone in standby mode while charging the phone on its side. In this mode, the phone can act as a watch, scroll through photos or launch widgets.
  • FaceTime update: Users will be able to send calls to the AppleTV. Your iPhone or iPad will act as the outgoing camera, but the incoming video will be seen on the larger screen.
  • Drop name: This new feature, a product of AirDrop, will allow iPhone users to exchange contact information by keeping their phones close to each other.
  • Adaptive sound: This mode was introduced in the AirPod Pro, and will adjust media volume and noise cancellation to match the user’s surroundings.
  • Conversation awareness: iOS 17 will also include a Conversation Awareness mode, which will customize the volume of what’s playing and amplify the voices of the people in front of you.

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