- iOS 17 brings a bunch of changes to the Phone app
- Personalised Contact Posters look similar to the iOS lock screen
- NameDrop allows you to share contacts with a simple gesture
Apple officially announced iOS 17 at the ongoing Worldwide Developers Conference 2023 (WWDC). The updated software has many new features, with primary focuses on day-to-day apps such as Phone, Messages, and FaceTime. The Phone app gets visualising upgrades in the name of a Personalised Contact Poster. Apple says it’s “a new way for users to express themselves”.
Personalised Contact Poster:
It basically allows you to customise the entire look of a contact card, making it easier to identify calls. You can choose different treatments for photos or Memoji, as well as some punchy typography and font colours that should help you figure out the caller from a distance.
What’s more interesting is that Contact Posters will also be available for third-party calling apps — which means messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and others should also ideally be able to take advantage of this.
While these cards look quite appealing, it follows the same design language as the lock screen that was introduced with iOS 16.
Additionally, the Phone app also receives Live Voicemail, which as the name suggests, gives you the ability to see real-time transcription as someone leaves a voicemail. Apple also stressed that Live Voicemail transcription is handled on-device with the help of Neural Engine and remains entirely private.
Thankfully, Apple ensures that calls identified as spam by carriers won’t appear as Live Voicemail.
The name of the feature pretty much gives away the plot — this is AirDrop, but for contacts. With iOS 17, users can share contact details by being in close proximity to other iPhones. Doing this will share all the contact information you’ve saved which involves the phone number as well as the email address, if any.
This same thing can be replicated between an iPhone and Apple Watch. Furthermore, a similar gesture allows you to share content or start SharePlay to listen to music, watch a movie, or even game.