iPhones and iPads have become important helpers in our everyday lives due to their diverse functions. We can use real money on the Internet or pay with SMS, dictate emails, monitor our calories burned while working out at the gym, or watch the latest episode of our favorite series on Apple mobile devices. In addition to these obvious ones, there are one or two far less well-known functions and that is exactly what this guide is about. We want to help you get to know a completely new side of your Apple mobile device.
Chapter in this post:
- 1 These secret innovations were introduced with iOS 17
- 2 1. The QR code scanner and its link area
- 3 2. Convert photos into stickers
- 4 3. You can turn your iPhone into an alarm clock
- 5 4. AirDrop can also be used in another way
- 6 5. From now on, voice messages will also be displayed in text form
- 7 6. Transfer contact details without tedious typing
- 8 7. FaceTime got an answering machine
- 9 8. Artificial intelligence improves autocorrection
- 10 Secret or not, these features definitely make life easier
- 11 Similar posts
These secret innovations were introduced with iOS 17
In September of every year, Apple presents us with its new products. The new models of the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch are particularly popular with the Keynote eagerly awaited. Unfortunately, the new operating system usually falls behind a bit.
This is a shame, especially in 2023, because iOS 17 brought with it numerous new and extremely fascinating features. Some of these are even quite secret, as they are mentioned but largely unknown among users. Eight of these new functions are particularly useful, which is why we don't want to withhold them from you.
Scanning a QR code has long been a difficult task for iPhone or iPad owners. Years ago, external apps had to be used for this, while Apple later introduced a type of notification that appeared at the top of the screen.
When the scanning function was finally integrated into the camera app, users breathed a sigh of relief. However, the joy was short-lived because when the camera was moved, the scanning function moved with it. So you literally had to chase the code. This is now over once and for all, as the scan notification now appears at the bottom of the screen, directly above the camera's capture button.
2. Convert photos into stickers
An extremely practical and visually incredibly fascinating “secret function” is creating a sticker. With iOS 17, you can "crop" a person or a common object, such as an object, from a photo and then paste him, it or her into a messenger app, for example. To do this, simply open a photo and tap on the person or object. Hold your finger on it for a few seconds and the object will be “cut out”.
3. You can turn your iPhone into an alarm clock
This secret function is probably not so secret anymore. After all, in advance of the presentation of iOS 17 The first rumors are that the iPhone will have a kind of night mode. That's exactly how it happened and the night mode even got its own name, bedside table mode.
However, what few people knew is that the mode is activated automatically. But only if the iPhone is lying vertically and charging. A clock and other information will now appear on the display.
4. AirDrop can also be used in another way
No question, AirDrop is incredibly practical. It allows us to move files back and forth between our devices. We don't have to laboriously use the cloud or a messenger service to do this. We can send photos from an iMac to an iPhone using the share function via AirDrop. However, sharing files between two Apple mobile devices just got easier. All you have to do is place the devices close to each other and they will automatically connect.
5. From now on, voice messages will also be displayed in text form
The voice message function is particularly helpful when things have to be done quickly and there is no time to type a message. An incredibly practical function for the sender as it saves him or her time. For the recipient, however, a voice message can represent sheer horror. What if you can't hear right now? With iOS 17, this problem is a thing of the past, because from now on, voice messages received will be automatically transcribed and displayed in text form.
6. Transfer contact details without tedious typing
Who doesn't know it: you met someone in everyday life and now you want to exchange contact details such as their telephone number? After opening the phone app, typing starts. Name and cell phone number must be entered and checked for accuracy. You can now save yourself this absolutely annoying process thanks to a brand new secret function called NameDrop. As soon as two iPhones or iPads are held close to each other, a menu appears asking whether the phone number or email address should be exchanged.
7. FaceTime got an answering machine
Apple is coming up with a lot of ideas to get by Android Mobile for example when logging in or surfing the Internet. FaceTime is one of those special quirks of Apple mobile devices. FaceTime itself is not a novelty, but there is something that is new. If you call someone via FaceTime and they don't answer your call, you can leave him or her a message. With this function you have the option of recording either a voice message or even a video.
8. Artificial intelligence improves autocorrection
Autocorrection is either a tool that you no longer want to be without or you would prefer to deactivate it completely. There feels like nothing in between. It undoubtedly drives us crazy on a regular basis, but that will soon be over. The reason for this is a secret function that the user is not aware of. Apple has provided autocorrection with an artificial intelligence that not only learns, but also finally recognizes swear words as such.
Secret or not, these features definitely make life easier
Some of these new features are more useful, others less. Each user must decide on this in their individual case. However, there is no question that Apple has introduced some first-class innovations with iOS 17. Some finally eliminate annoying problems, while others simply make life easier. If you would like to know more about the new functions, we recommend that you try them out in everyday life. What is undisputed, however, is that you can get more out of your Apple device thanks to the new functions.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.