Apple’s iOS 17 update is expected to bring a host of new features to the iPhone, including some small but significant changes that will improve the overall user experience. While there won’t be a major tentpole improvement like in previous updates, the sum total of these small tweaks will make a big difference.
One of the most anticipated changes is the ability to create custom categories in the App Library, which organizes all of your iPhone’s apps by category for ease of discovery. Another improvement is the heavily improved search/Spotlight, which will make navigating your iPhone even easier. Control Center is also set to receive a revamp, with more customization options and improved functionality.
Focus modes, which allow you to fine-tune notifications and alerts for specific activities, will also be getting some new pre-written filters. However, the most controversial change is the addition of sideloading, which will allow users to install software via non-official channels. While this could lead to increased competition and lower prices on the official App Store, it remains to be seen how user-friendly this feature will be.