Apple has released comprehensive software updates for its diverse platforms, covering iOS 17.2, iPadOS 17.2, macOS 14.2 Sonoma, and watchOS 10.2.
A notable addition is the introduction of the Journal app, designed to help iPhone users engage in reflection and gratitude through journaling.
Unlike third-party apps, Journal offers prompts based on activities across various apps, suggesting entries tied to events like trips, workouts, or podcasts.
The app supports an encrypted environment, and users have control over which apps can provide journal suggestions.
iOS 17.2 brings more than just the Journal app. iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max users can now configure the Action button for quick spoken phrase translations, facilitating conversations across languages.
Additionally, Qi2 charging support is extended to iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 models, aligning with the 15W wireless charging speeds of MagSafe.
This enhancement is expected to streamline battery top-ups for both iPhone and Android users using Qi2-certified chargers.
On the iPhone 15 Pro, users gain the ability to capture spatial video, offering a 3D viewing experience within the Apple Vision Pro's Photos app.
An update to Siri enables voice-based access and logging of Health data. Apple Music, Messages, and Weather apps receive new features, while an AutoFill upgrade for PDFs and forms enhances user convenience.
The watchOS 10.2 update introduces health-focused features for Apple Watch Series 9 and Apple Watch Ultra 2.
Siri integration allows users to log and access Health app data, providing information on sleep patterns, step count, and exercise ring status.
Users can also instruct Siri to log details such as weight, medications, and body temperature.
These features, initially available in English (US) and Mandarin Chinese, will expand to support more languages.
Among other Apple Watch updates, users can automatically view Now Playing information from a nearby 2nd-gen HomePod or HomePod mini.
Additional features include the ability to swipe and change watch faces and the option to prioritize music volume or a trainer's voice in Fitness+ workouts.