The latest iOS 17.2 update from Apple introduces a range of exciting features, with a special focus on enhancing the experience for iPhone 15 Pro users. Notable additions include the much-anticipated Journal app and the capability to record ‘Spatial Video’ designed for the upcoming Apple Vision Pro headset. This update is accessible to all iPhones compatible with iOS 17, meaning owners of iPhone XS or newer models can take advantage of these enhancements.
The iOS 17.2 update also brings eagerly awaited features such as customizable Action button options and significant enhancements to the Messages application. Additionally, the update extends Qi2 wireless charging support to both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 series.
What’s News in iOS 17.2?
Unveiled at WWDC in June, the Journal app is a health and wellness-oriented feature designed to encourage users to consider both significant and everyday moments in their lives. This app facilitates reflection and the practice of gratitude through journaling on iPhones. Noteworthy features include scheduled notifications to assist in establishing a journaling habit, as well as the option to lock the app for added security. The Journal app protects user privacy by using end-to-end encryption, ensuring entries are hidden from everyone, even Apple.
Users can secure their journal entries using Face ID or Touch ID. Additionally, these entries are seamlessly synchronized with iCloud, allowing for convenient access across devices.
Spatial Video Recording
Furthermore, the update includes support for capturing spatial videos, a feature introduced alongside the iPhone 15 series in September. This functionality involves recording footage simultaneously from the phone’s ultrawide and main cameras to generate 3D videos. While there aren’t many real-world uses for this footage at the moment, it was specifically designed to be played back on the upcoming Vision Pro headset. The headset is expected to launch early next year.
Action Button Customization
Apple now enables users to enhance the customization of the ‘Action Button’ by incorporating language translation capabilities. As reported by Macrumors, pressing down the Action button activates a pop-up translation window facilitating language translation.
Updated Messages Application
A catch-up button is one of the new features added to the Messages app. This allows users to swiftly navigate to the initial unread message in a conversation by tapping the arrow icon in the top-right corner. Furthermore, Contact Key Verification is now implemented as a security feature, helping people protect themselves from online attacks.
The iOS 17.2 version comes with additional features, including a new Digital Clock widget, new Weather widgets, an added sticker option in the context menu, improvements to AirDrop, and updates to Memoji.
The iOS 17.2 update from Apple marks a significant enhancement for iPhone users, particularly those with the iPhone 15 Pro models. To install the update, navigate to the Settings app, select General, go to Software Update, and follow the provided instructions.