WWDC 2023: iOS 17 Takes Center Stage with StandBy Mode and Journal App

A first peek at iOS 17 is being provided at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2023), which has begun in California. Numerous new ios new features and enhancements are included in the most recent software release from the iPhone makers. This time around, Apple has significantly improved the Phone and Messages apps. A new Journal app that incorporates data from other apps is available in iOS 17. When placed on the side and charging, the iPhone will soon include a StandBy mode that will turn it into an alarm clock. Along with improving AirPlay and SharePlay, iOS is getting offline maps. 

At the event, Apple also gave sneak peeks at its most recent operating systems for tablets, PCs, smartwatches, and TV boxes: iPadOS 17, macOS 14, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17.

The first ios 17 beta versions of the new operating systems will be available to developers this week, followed by a public beta the following month. Then, most likely in September, the iPhone 15 series will be released, along with ios 17 and other significant enhancements.

StandBy Mode

The iOS 17 release includes a feature that, as anticipated, allows users to view more stuff on their locked iPhone screen while charging. The iPhone screen becomes a smart display with the date and time while using the new StandBy mode for charging. In addition, details from widgets, smart stacks, and Live Activities will be displayed. When the phone lies flat during charging, the StandBy feature will automatically activate.

Journal App

The iPhone manufacturer’s own Journal app is included in ios 17. A journal of their daily lives would help users track and record their activities and ideas. It uses information from the user’s iPhone to recommend topics for their journal based on their preferences. Journals can contain activities and pictures. Additionally, it is said that this is end-to-end encrypted.


The most recent operating system also has a NameDrop-related capability for sharing phone numbers with other iPhone users, similar to AirDrop. By placing two iPhones close to one another, you can exchange specific email addresses and phone numbers.

The live transcription capability for voicemail is finally included in iOS 17. This displays a live transcript of the message that a caller is leaving. This time, offline maps are coming to iOS. Now that Apple has discontinued the ‘Hey Siri’ command, users can just say ‘Siri.’ Users can also design and add Live Stickers. 

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