AI is coming to iPhone next. Here are 5 powerful things you can already do with iOS 17

AI is coming to iPhone next. Here are 5 powerful things you can already do with iOS 17

Make your iPhone more useful now without waiting for the newest version expected to include artificial intelligence

by Ben Smith

Your iPhone can do a lot more now, thanks to the iOS 17 update. If you just bought an iPhone 15, your phone will come with iOS 17 already installed, but, if you have an older iPhone, you’ll need to update your phone to take advantage of these new features. Let’s go over our top 5 favorite features that Apple introduced with iOS 17.

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1) Downloading maps for offline use

A screenshot from Apple highlighting the download Maps feature introduced in iOS 17.

Credit: Apple

My personal favorite feature introduced in iOS 17 is the ability to download Apple maps. By downloading maps, you can now find your way and use your GPS even if you end up without phone service. Now, you can select any area on Apple Maps and save it for offline use. This is a great feature if you know you’ll be traveling through higher elevations where phone service can be spotty, making sure you can still find your way around.

 

 

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2) Live Voicemail

An Apple presskit photo showing the Live Voicemail function introduced in iOS 17. There is a voice mail shown being transcribed on the iPhone.

Credit: Apple

Apple’s Live Voicemail is one of the most exciting features in iOS 17. It transcribes what someone is saying in real-time as they leave their voicemail message. By using it, you can know what someone wants to call you about and whether it’s an important phone call or not. Best of all, Live Voicemail allows you to answer the call while the voicemail is being left.

 

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3) Visual Look Up

An Apple press release photo showing the release of Visual Lookup. The image is of an iPhone with the visual lookup feature in the Photos app highlighted.

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One of the most interesting features of iOS 17 that I’ve already gotten a ton of use out of is Visual Look Up. While you may not be able to decipher what’s in the background of your photos, your iPhone can now. Visual Look-Up allows you to take a photo and search for anything in the background of the image. A famous place, a dog breed, or even an unknown flower—Visual Look Up will tell you about anything you can see.

 

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4) Use Siri without saying “Hey”A photograph of Kurt Knutsson holding his hand towards the word "Siri" with the word "Hey" crossed out.

iOS 17 makes it even easier to activate Siri. Now, you can just say “Siri” to activate Apple’s voice assistant. While this may seem like a small change, it’s something that Siri fans have been asking for ever since the assistant came out with the iPhone 4S way back in 2011.

 

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5) Turn your iPhone into a nightstand alarm clock

A screenshot from Apple showing an iPhone in stand by mode.

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Standby is a new feature introduced with iOS 17 that allows you to turn your iPhone into a nightstand clock. While your phone charges horizontally, Standby will show you the clock face, the calendar, and the weather. You can also customize standby to show photos, widgets, or nearly anything you want on the iPhone’s screen while it’s horizontal.

 

Kurt’s key takeaways

These aren’t all the new features that Apple introduced with iOS 17, but these are our top five features available in the newest update. Apple is committed to improving iPhone users’ experience with every major update, and we’ve been more than pleasantly surprised with these updates in iOS 17.

Have a favorite feature in iOS 17 that isn’t on the list? Let us know in the comments below. 

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