iOS 17.2 RC and macOS Sonoma 14.2 RC are now rolling out to users on the public beta update channel. These release candidate beta versions of Apple’s upcoming operating system for iPhone and Mac computers will bring new features and functionality – including the Journal app on iOS and contact key verification for iMessage. Meanwhile the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 models will gain support for Qi2 chargers, but Apple Music does not include support for collaborative playlists on the latest RC version.
Apple’s release notes for the latest iOS 17.2 RC confirm that the Journal app – which is designed to help users start regularly journaling their experiences – will make its way into the final version. This was present on previous beta versions and Gadgets 360 recently spent some time with the app, which uses machine learning to prompt you to add journal entries. Apple says journal entries are encrypted, can be protected via Face ID or Touch ID, and can be synced securely via iCloud.
iOS 17.2 RC and macOS Sonoma 14.2 RC also bring new features to the Messages app. These include a new catch-up arrow in the top-right corner of the screen that allows users to quickly navigate to a previously unread message, as well as the ability to add stickers to a message via a context menu. Apple will let you customize your Memoji with additional physical features, while the Sensitive Content warning feature will also protect you from nudity in stickers.
A new security feature coming to Messages called Contact Key Verification will help users know that they are chatting with their intended recipients. Apple says it will provide contact verification codes and automated alerts for users facing “extraordinary digital threats” — similar features available on apps like Signal and WhatsApp.
Some hardware-related improvements are also coming to Apple devices. According to the company, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 series smartphones get support for Qi2 chargers, while a bug related to wireless charging in some vehicles has been fixed. Support for the “Default Alerts” setting has also been added under iOS 17.2 Adjustment , Sounds and Haptics It allows you to set a default notification tone for apps on your iPhone.
Apple Music is getting two new features – the ability to disable the use of listening history when using a playlist of favorite songs and a specific focus mode. However, it appears that Apple has not included the collaborative playlist feature on iOS 17.2 RC, even though it was present on previous beta versions.
Other features in the iOS 17.2 RC update include the ability to airdrop boarding passes, movie tickets, and more. According to the company, users can access and log in to health data using Siri, set a new digital clock widget in standby mode, and use new Weather app features and Autofill features.
Although Apple has not revealed when it plans to introduce stable versions of iOS 17.2 and macOS Sonoma 14.2 to users, these updates are expected to arrive later this month. Release Candidate versions are essentially the same builds that have been rolled out to customers, so users can expect the same features to be available on their devices when the update arrives in the coming days or weeks.
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