Apple has released the first public betas of iOS 17, iPadOS 17 and macOS Sonoma. These releases brought features like full-page screenshots, bilingual Siri, and improved SMS sorting for dual SIM mobile device users.
Apple has added Siri support for bilingual queries, starting with some Indic languages. This means users can ask questions to the voice assistant by mixing languages. It should be noted that Apple was late compared to the competition. In 2018, Google Assistant received multilingual support, followed by Amazon in 2019. This feature will be especially useful for Apple users in India as they use different languages in their daily communication.
Apple also added a full-page screenshot feature in iOS 17, which Android phones have offered for a number of years in the form of “scrolling screenshots.” Apple users can now save the snapshot as an image or PDF file. In addition, support for two SIM cards has been improved. Messages are now sorted by SIM card. Added the ability to set separate ringtones for each SIM card, as well as the ability to select a SIM card when calling an unknown number.
Along with these updates, Apple announced several other improvements for Indian users across all of its platforms:
- there was support for transliteration in iOS for 10 Indic languages;
- In iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma, users with an Apple ID can sign in using a phone number instead of an email address.
- Get definitions of words and phrases across platforms with a new built-in Punjabi dictionary.
- Users can see up to 2,000 calls in the Call History section, including calls made from FaceTime and WhatsApp;
- Filter messages by known and unknown senders on iPad.
Apple will release stable builds of iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and macOS Sonoma later this fall. The current beta versions may contain some bugs. So, if the user doesn’t want to install them on their main device, they should wait for the final public release.
The company continues to actively develop and improve its products and introduce new features and capabilities into its operating systems. Particular attention is paid to the support of the Indian market and multilingualism. Innovations in iOS 17, iPadOS 17 and macOS Sonoma to meet the needs of dual SIM users, multilingual input capabilities and improved sign-in options reflect the company’s commitment to a better user experience.