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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) has historically been the perfect opportunity for iOS to shine, and although it might be overshadowed by the possible announcement of a mixed reality headset, iOS 17 is rumored to boast some of the “most requested features” by users. Here’s what we’re expecting from iOS 17.
Apple Continues to Focus on Health and Wellness
According to the Wall Street Journal, the iOS 17 update may include a journaling app that allows users to record their thoughts and activities to monitor daily habits. Apple is also adding new features to its Health app, such as a mood-tracker and an update to manage vision conditions like nearsightedness. These potential iOS 17 features may lay the groundwork for Apple’s rumored coaching app for Apple Watch, which is expected to be announced later this year.
Your iPhone Could Become Your Smart Home Display
Gurman reports that Apple is working on an iPhone lock screen interface that incorporates functions of a smart home display. The interface would display information like calendar appointments, weather updates, and notifications when held horizontally. The Control Center may also receive a revamp, which hasn’t been updated since 2017.
Apple Wallet May Receive an Update
Gurman says that Apple Wallet will receive updates, although the details are scarce. Apple has made an effort to add financial services to its devices, such as Tap to Pay and the recently launched Apple Pay Later. These features, as well as any others Apple is developing, may be announced at WWDC alongside iOS 17.
Support for XR Headset
All eyes are expected to be on the XR headset, Reality Pro, at this year’s WWDC. Apple’s rumored headlining hardware is paired with its own operating system, xrOS. If Apple unveils Reality Pro, it is likely that iOS 17 will integrate xrOS.
Apple recently previewed new accessibility tools like Assistive Access, Live Speech, and Detection Mode, designed to help people with cognitive and visual disabilities. Apple stated these tools would be available “later this year,” and WWDC may reveal more details.
Developers May Finally Achieve Sideloading
To comply with the EU’s Digital Markets Act, third-party apps must be available for download outside the App Store by 2024. Gurman reports that Apple is planning to enable third-party app downloading (sideloading) ahead of this requirement with the release of iOS 17.
Possible Entertainment Features
Gurman reported updates to SharePlay, Apple’s collaborative feature that debuted in iOS 15, and possible upgrades to AirPlay, allowing users to beam content at hotels.