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iOS 17.2 Update Features Personalized Journaling App


After an extensive period of public testing, Apple is now releasing iOS 17.2 to all compatible devices, along with iPadOS 17.2, macOS 14.2 Sonoma, and watchOS 10.2, all featuring many similar features. The significant addition in this update is the introduction of a new core app called Journal.

Apple aims to assist iPhone users in reflection and gratitude practice through journaling with this app. Distinguishing itself from third-party alternatives like Day One, Apple has the unique capability to provide suggestions for journal entries based on activities in other apps. For instance, your iPhone might recommend documenting a trip with photos from your camera roll, accompanied by a writing prompt such as “what will you remember most about your day out?” The device may also suggest creating a journal entry after a workout or to note a podcast episode you’ve listened to.

Third-party developers now have access to a Suggestions API, allowing them to encourage users to create journal entries based on activities within their apps. Apple emphasizes that the Journal app is end-to-end encrypted, and all data is stored locally, although users have the option to sync everything to iCloud if desired. Users retain control over which apps are permitted to offer suggestions within the Journal app.

iOS 17.2 brings more than just the Journal app. Users of iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max can configure the Action button to function as a rapid translation tool for spoken phrases, facilitating conversations with individuals who speak different languages.

Additionally, Apple is introducing support for Qi2 charging on all iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 models (already present on iPhone 15 models). Qi2-certified chargers are reported to match the 15W wireless charging speeds of MagSafe. As Qi2 chargers become more widespread, both iPhone and Android users should find it easier to quickly recharge their phones’ batteries.

iPhone 15 Pro users can now capture spatial video, offering a 3D viewing experience in the Apple Vision Pro’s Photos app (once the headset is available for use). A Siri update enables the access and logging of Health data using voice commands. The Apple Music, Messages, and Weather apps are receiving additional features, and an AutoFill upgrade for PDFs and other forms brings added convenience.

In parallel, Apple is releasing watchOS 10.2, introducing new capabilities for Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2. These devices can now log and access Health app data through Siri, with both devices processing Siri requests on-device for enhanced privacy. Siri can provide information on sleep duration, step count, and exercise ring closure, and users can instruct Siri to log details such as weight, medications, and body temperature. Initially available in English (US) and Mandarin Chinese, support for additional languages is expected.

Other Apple Watch features include automatic display of Now Playing information from a nearby 2nd-gen HomePod or HomePod mini playing content from Music or Podcasts. A new setting allows users to swipe and change watch faces, and the option to prioritize music volume or a trainer’s voice is now available in most Fitness+ workouts.

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