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New Features of Messages in iOS 17: Catch-Up, Check-In, Stickers and More


Apple announced its "Wonderlust" launch event on September 12, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. PT (10:30 p.m. IST). Aside from the iPhone 15 Series, the event is expected to introduce the Apple Watch 9 Series, Apple Watch Ultra 2, and other products.

Sending and receiving messages is a basic function for a mobile phone. In iOS 17, Apple add many features of Messages. Over 10+ features have happened on it. Does Messages update a lot? What are the new features in Messages App on iPhone? Let's go ahead!

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iOS 17 Messages: Catch-Up

Do you have an experience that you fall behind in a chat with a friend or a group of people in Messages, then tens or hundreds of messages dizzy you? If you want to know what happened, you have to slide up to find the beginning. If you give up to read whole chat, you may worry about missing something important. Catch-Up is now available. Tap the arrow up, it will jump to the first message that you have not seen in the chat.

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iOS 17 Messages: Swipe to Reply

The person you are chatting with may type faster, so you may have no time and space to answer his specific message. While the topic changes, your late reply may disturb the communication. Now in iOS 17, you can catch the message, swipe from left to right to rely it, which is quicker than long press and reply.

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iOS 17 Messages: Search Filters

In iOS 17, Apple added a feature that lets you combine numerous criteria to improve the Messages search. For instance, you can search for photos from a certain person by typing "photos" and their name, then tapping to select each search option to get more specific search results.

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iOS 17 Messages: Location Sharing and Viewing

Location sharing is allowed in Messages for years. Apple updates it in iOS 17. Previously Location Sharing was from the contact info and now you also can share from contact info. But more convenient choice is to share location or request a friend's location directly in the app. You can also pin a location where you are going to be.

iOS 17 Messages: Audio Message Transcription

You may in a occasion where you cannot listen to an audio message. With audio message transcription feature, you can read it instead of listening to it.

iOS 17 Messages: Check In

Check In is a feature to let your friends or family members to know whether you arrive at somewhere safely. You can share current location, battery, and network signal in limited mode or plus route traveled and last iPhone unlock and Apple Watch removal in full mode.

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iOS 17 Messages: Stickers

New and funny Stickers features have updated in iOS 17. You can now access all of your Live Stickers, emoji, Memoji, and other sticker packs in one location thanks to the new stickers drawer.

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iOS 17 Messages: Updated Design

Apple integrates apps and tools in one "+" button in Messages iOS 17. By just simply tap on it brings up a dropdown list of options.

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  • Read text messages/iMessages on iPhone without knowing.
  • Track iPhone location and check location history remotely.
  • Check Safari searching history and Safari bookmarks.
  • See Photos and Videos on iPhone.
  • Monitor WhatsApp, Viber, Kik, LINE and so on.
Tomson Brown

Tomson Brown is interested in researching parental control and monitoring technology, and he has been focused on sharing his discoveries for more than five years.

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