We Tried iOS 17 for Ourselves and We’re Impressed So Far – Video

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Speaker 1: Turns out iOS 17 is really, really good. Do you see it? It’s an iPhone 14 Pro Max and that clock screen is there, it’s standby mode. I adore it. I’ve been running the developer beta for a few weeks now, and the public beta for iOS 17 is now available to everyone. there is. Although I recommend testing it on something other than your primary iPhone because it’s still beta and things are still being worked on and [00:00:30] Handling bugs. So you know what I want to do today? Well, aside from going to the beach, I want to show you a handful of my favorite iOS 17 features that really bring me joy. Also, I want to try some iOS 17 features for the first time, what could go wrong? So join me, okay? Now I’m not going to exhaustively go over every feature in iOS 17 <צחוק>. Speaker 1: I already did that in another video, which one [00:01:00] It’s worth watching instead. I’m going to show you the good stuff. You see almost everything in iOS 17 falls into one of four categories for me. There are delightful features in intuitive enhancements, personal additions and helpful tools. Sounds like danger categories, strong drinks for 200, please. Now these classifications are things I made up, but this all adds up to iOS being a major improvement in quality of life, but [00:01:30] Enough of my gibberish. Let’s get into it and start with some delightful features. Your iPhone has a home screen, a lock screen and always on if you have an iPhone 14 Pro and now a standby screen. So when I turn my iPhone on its side while charging the standby screen pops up, it’s basically like a giant clock, but it can display photos, calendar, widgets and notifications. Speaker 1: [00:02:00] It’s perfect for a nightstand, er, kitchen counter or in my case my desk. Oh, and the stand I use to charge my iPhone is the two-in-one Balkan Boost Charge Pro. You don’t have to use this class. Any stand with MagSafe should work. But what I really like about the wait so far is how everything flows. If I want to change the standby screen, I can swipe up to choose a different style or layout. It can display my photos and live activities too. When [00:02:30] In low light, such as when you are sleeping, the standby screen turns red. Another delightful feature is stickers and notifications. Now stickers aren’t new, but there are more of them including the ability to use emojis as stickers, which is great. When you want to express something more than a thumbs up, thumbs down, heart laugh, haha, or exclamation marks and question marks on a bubble. Speaker 1: All iMessage mini apps are no longer above the keyboard. They have their own menu. [00:03:00] Tap the plus sign button to pull it up. Then I tap stickers to get a tray of stickers and custom stickers I’ve made from my photos. And the customized stickers are really amazing. If I want to create a new one, I tap the plus sign, select an image, tap add sticker, and then the image theme is removed and becomes a sticker. I can add an effect now or edit the sticker later to have one, and it’s now in my stickers [00:03:30] stimulating. When I want to use one, I just tap and hold a sticker and drag it onto a message bubble. Just want to add a cat to the dog photo. here. We have cats and dogs that live together. And my stickers, that’s what Iowa 17 is all about. Speaker 1: And here’s the best part. You can use a live image to create an animated sticker. I mean, it’s so addictive and I foresee a future where there are hundreds, thousands, millions [00:04:00] of custom animated stickers sent between iPhones. Now let’s jump into some intuitive improvements. Left with messages. A small but powerful feature is the slide to reply. Reply to messages is nothing new, and definitely helps keep a group thread from becoming a mess. But being able to swipe to respond to a specific message seems pretty obvious, like why couldn’t I do that all the time? [00:04:30] Then there are widgets, which have been around since 2020, but were mostly used to display information that could be browsed or as a shortcut to open an app. Now with Iowa 17 widgets become interactive. So I can start or pause a podcast right from the widget. The same goes for music. And currently in beta, most of the interactive widgets are from Apple. So I’m excited to see how non-Apple apps take advantage of it. And now let’s try a new feature. It’s definitely an intuitive improvement, [00:05:00] Which is the ability to leave FaceTime messages when the other person isn’t there or doesn’t answer. Now I’m going to try a FaceTime call with my friend, Lexi. Speaker 1: OK, so now there’s ah, call again to close or record a video. I’m going to climax. The video is counting down. Hi Lexi, this is Patrick. You can see the top of my hair here. And this is a top-down camera [00:05:30] Here we are shooting iOS 17 hands-on with the public beta. I just wanted to share it with you. I think it’s a fantastic moment. I’m just having a really good day and I just want you to know that. OK, I’ll talk to you later. Bye. Speaker 1: Cool. Then it says Save, Cancel, Resend or Submit. I’m going to hit the little send button. In a moment we’ll have Lexi show us her side of things so we can see what she sees. Hope this is the video. [00:06:00] I just wanted to share it with you. I think it’s a fantastic moment. I’m just having a really good day and I just want you to know that. OK, I’ll talk to you later. Bye. Hey, that was pretty fun. Now let’s check out some custom additions. The first are contact posters. Now it basically turns your regular contact card into a little movie poster and you can choose from a few different templates, like ones that feature your initials or emoji or an image of your choice. now [00:06:30] It reminds me a lot of the lock screen customizations. We have iOS 16 and your contact card can have a contact poster and a contact picture and you can hear your contact poster using a drop name, which is kind of a cross between Airdrop and Apple Pay sending the credit card information. Speaker 1: Now I can hover my phone over someone else’s phone similar to how you activate Apple Pay at a contactless payment terminal and I can share my contact poster. Let’s try [00:07:00] It’s out. If you can choose the specific phone number or email address you want to share right now. And if you only want to receive someone’s information and not share your information, you can simply tap receive only. Another personal edition is for people with pets who don’t like The pets and photos app can now recognize and find pet photos better. Now if I tap on a cat, it brings up all the cat photos on my phone. Hmmm, only 562 would have thought [00:07:30] There were more. Apparently I really don’t like cats. Also, when you upload a photo of a cat, there’s a new visual search icon with a tiny cat silhouette and a similar icon for dog photos and an unrelated cut is that there’s now a photo widget for albums. Speaker 1: After you add the widget to your home screen, you can edit it to display photos from a specific album. Again, why wasn’t it on my phone the whole time? Next, let’s look at some helpful ones [00:08:00] dishes. Okay, this first one I’m happy to try and it’s a live voicemail transcript. Essentially, when someone calls and leaves you a message, you’ll see a live transcript of the voicemail as they speak and record it. And if it turns out to be something you want to address as soon as you receive, pick up the phone and talk to them anytime. So let’s try it out and see it in action. And for that I’m going to bully my friend and CNET’s Chief Video Producer [00:08:30] JOHN KIM, SPEAKER 2: Do you want to have lunch? Okay, Patrick, I’ve been texting you for all of 10 minutes. I don’t know why again, you catch on, but SPEAKER 1: Turns out my voice box is pretty impressive. But it is not the only useful tool. There are Idan’s messages to keep up, not to keep up like you put chips, but to keep up like I’m running behind. I have to catch up. Now this arrow is great for long threads where you need to catch up. Just tap the arrow to return to [00:09:00] First in a red message. And then there’s check-in, which lets a friend know automatically when you’ve reached your destination safely. Now I haven’t tried this yet, so let’s do it now. Hey, it looks a little different. I’m out of the studio. I’m actually on Market Street in San Francisco and I’m about four or five blocks from the office. So I just checked in with my friend and colleague Lexi. Oh, we’re going to see on her end what she’s getting and I’ll go back to the office and see what’s going on with the check-in. request [00:09:30] I’m lucky and I got to my place. It was quite interesting and easy to try the check-in. It really is an impressive tool and I think it will help a lot of people in a lot of different situations to stay very safe and feel more comfortable. And now I want to hear from you. Are you trying the public beta for iOS 17? If so, what are your favorite features? I would love to hear them. And thanks for watching.


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