Apple's fresh developer beta release, iOS 17.2, comes packed with intriguing features, including the much-anticipated Journal app, a digital diary platform for users.
First showcased at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, the Journal app is designed for users to engage in self-reflection and embrace gratitude. However, its machine learning-powered feature that suggests entry prompts using personal data, such as photos and location, has been a talking point. While some might welcome the nudge from AI to journal, concerns arise about the potential emotional missteps this technology might make, especially when not all memories are cherished.
The Journal app is also adorned with other functionalities, including bookmarking entries, choosing writing prompts, and setting journaling routines for consistency.
iOS 17.2 isn’t just about the Journal app. Updates include collaborative playlist capabilities in Apple Music, and a nifty feature, as spotted by MacRumors, which verifies the identity of your iMessage contacts, named iMessage Contact Key Verification.
The watchOS 10.2 beta has a hands-free update allowing users to log health data via Siri. Meanwhile, for the TV enthusiasts, tvOS 17.2 beta for Apple TV is refined with a new navigation sidebar, easing transitions between search, Apple TV Plus, and other subscribed streaming platforms.