Apple recently announced the release of iOS 17.2 beta 4, which suggests that the official iOS 17.2 release is just around the corner, expected sometime in December. This upcoming software update is a major one for iOS users, as it introduces several important new features and reinstates others. Here’s a look at what to expect from iOS 17.2:
1. Journal App: The highly anticipated Journal app will allow users to write about their daily experiences and reminisce about photos, videos, contacts, and significant locations. The interface is simple and straightforward, making it easy to navigate and use.
2. Default Alerts: iOS 17.2 will finally allow iPhone users to customize the default notification sounds in the Sounds & Haptics menu. This feature lets users modify default notifications for texts, mail, calendar events, and more.
3. Apple Music Changes: The default playlist “Favorite Songs” will be automatically populated based on previously liked tracks. Apple Music will also add any favorited songs to the user’s music library. Additionally, Apple Music History will not count towards music recommendations if a Focus Mode is enabled.
4. Spatial Video: iPhone 15 Pro Max and iPhone 15 Pro will receive the spatial video recording feature, allowing videos to be viewed on the Apple Vision Pro virtual headset.
5. Messages: Free-form emoji reactions, new translation options for the Action Button, and new widgets are some of the additions to the Messages app in iOS 17.2.
6. Contact Key Verification: This new feature enhances iMessage security by enabling users to verify that they are messaging with the intended recipients.
7. Software Update in the Box: iOS 17.2 will lay the groundwork for future iPhones to receive the latest iOS software update, even while still sealed in the box.
As for when iOS 17.2 will be available, it’s expected to roll out to all eligible iPhones before the end of 2023. However, those eager to try it out can access the public beta channel, though it’s worth noting that beta releases may have some stability and bug issues. For a more stable experience, it’s recommended to wait for the official release.