Apple Introduces Native Journaling App in iOS 17.2 Update

Apple releases iOS 17.2 and macOS Sonoma 14.2 release candidate betas with new features, including a native Diary app and enhancements to Messages, Memoji, and more. The updates are expected to roll out to users later this month, bringing these new features and improvements to devices.

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Apple Introduces Native Journaling App in iOS 17.2 Update

Apple Introduces Native Journaling App in iOS 17.2 Update

Apple has released the iOS 17.2 and macOS Sonoma 14.2 release candidate beta versions to public beta testers, bringing a host of new features and enhancements. The most notable addition is the Diary app, a native journaling tool that allows users to chronicle their experiences and memories.

The Diary app leverages machine learning to prompt users to create journal entries regularly. Apple emphasizes that all entries are encrypted and can be secured using Face ID or Touch ID authentication. The app also syncs seamlessly and securely via iCloud, ensuring that users can access their journals across their Apple devices.

In addition to the Diary app, iOS 17.2 introduces several other enhancements. The Messages app gains a catch-up arrow for quickly navigating to unread messages and the ability to add stickers via a context menu. Memoji customization options have been expanded with new physical attributes, and a Sensitive Content Warning feature protects users from nudity in stickers.

iOS 17.2 also brings Contact Key Verification to iMessage, helping users ensure they are communicating with their intended recipients. iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 models now support Qi2 wireless chargers. Users can set default notification tones for apps and enjoy new Apple Music features like a favorite songs playlist and the ability to disable the use of listening history for specific Focus modes.

Other notable additions in iOS 17.2 include the ability to AirDrop boarding passes, movie tickets, and certain passes, access and log health data using Siri, set a new digital clock widget in StandBy mode, and take advantage of enhanced Weather app and AutoFill capabilities.

While Apple has not provided a specific release date for the stable versions of iOS 17.2 and macOS Sonoma 14.2, the updates are expected to roll out to users later this month. As the release candidate versions are essentially the same builds that will be made available to the public, users can anticipate experiencing these new features and improvements on their devices in the coming days or weeks.

Key Takeaways

  • Apple releases iOS 17.2 and macOS Sonoma 14.2 release candidate betas.
  • New Diary app allows users to chronicle experiences and memories with encryption.
  • iOS 17.2 introduces features like catch-up arrow in Messages and Memoji customization.
  • Contact Key Verification and Qi2 wireless charging support added to iOS 17.2.
  • Stable versions expected to roll out later this month with new features and enhancements.