iOS 16 vs iOS 17

iOS 16 vs iOS 17

Apple's iOS operating system has been at the forefront of mobile innovation, delivering seamless user experiences and cutting-edge features. With each new release, Apple aims to enhance the performance, security, and usability of its devices. In this blog post, we'll compare iOS 16 and iOS 17, exploring the key differences and improvements in Apple's latest mobile operating systems.

User Interface and Design

iOS 16 introduced a refreshed and refined user interface, building upon the clean and intuitive design principles Apple is known for. The focus was on smoother animations, improved visual cues, and increased accessibility options. However, iOS 17 takes it a step further by introducing customisable widgets, redesigned app icons, and new UI elements that offer more personalisation options to users. The Control Center has also been revamped, providing quick access to frequently used settings.

Enhanced Privacy and Security

Privacy and security have always been paramount for Apple, and both iOS 16 and iOS 17 continue to strengthen these aspects. In iOS 16, Apple introduced App Privacy Report, which provides users with insights into how apps use their data. It also expanded the use of on-device intelligence to protect user information. iOS 17 takes privacy to the next level by introducing Mail Privacy Protection, which hides users' IP addresses and prevents senders from knowing when an email has been opened. It also introduces enhanced anti-tracking measures, offering more control over user data.

Performance and Efficiency

iOS 16 brought significant performance improvements, optimising device speed and responsiveness. It included a range of under-the-hood enhancements, reducing app launch times and improving overall system performance. With iOS 17, Apple focuses on refining these optimisations further, ensuring smoother multitasking, faster app installations, and improved battery life. Machine learning algorithms have been fine-tuned to enhance the performance of various system features, including Face ID and Siri.

Communication and Collaboration

Both iOS 16 and iOS 17 aim to enhance communication and collaboration among users. In iOS 16, FaceTime received several updates, including support for spatial audio and the ability to schedule calls. It also introduced SharePlay, allowing users to watch movies, listen to music, or share their screens during FaceTime calls. In iOS 17, Apple takes collaboration to the next level with features like SharePlay for FaceTime, allowing users to co-watch or listen to content together. Additionally, new updates to Messages and FaceTime provide richer experiences for group conversations.

App Store Improvements

iOS 16 introduced App Privacy Labels, enabling users to understand an app's data collection practices before downloading it. It aimed to increase transparency and empower users to make informed decisions. In iOS 17, Apple expands on this by adding more detailed information in the App Privacy Labels, including data types collected and linked to users. It also introduces App Privacy Report, giving users an overview of the privacy practices of all the apps installed on their device.

Five Coolest New Features coming to iOS 17

Live Voicemail

One of the big new additions in iOS 17 may not sound that impressive on the surface, but it’ll be a boon for many users. It’s called Live Voicemail, and the idea is simple; as a recipient leaves a voicemail on your iPhone, you’ll see it dictated on screen in real-time. This helps you find out the purpose of the call without having to answer – ideal if you want to avoid scam calls or if you get a call during a busy work meeting and can’t answer – and, if you decide it is worthy of your time, you can connect to the call there and then. The recipient will then be reverted from your voicemail inbox to the call.

Apple Music

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The Journal app

The Journal app is essentially a new digital diary app making its way to the iPhone in iOS 17 later this year. The app aims to be the one-stop-shop for your memories, goals, affirmations and practically anything else that you want to write down at the beginning or the end of your day.
The app allows you to import photos, videos, music, text and more, with the app able to prompt you with specific questions to help you write about your experiences more accurately. This allows you to preserve specific events or memories as well as do things like practice gratitude and daily affirmations, and you can set up alerts to remind you to fill it out on a daily basis.

Standby Mode

Standby Mode introduces an entirely new way to use your iPhone when not in active use. It’s essentially a mode that’ll turn your iPhone into something akin to a smart digital display when on charge and in horizontal orientation. The display will show recent photos, the time in a larger format, popular widgets and live activities and more.
The big problem? It sounds like a feature that’d be ideal on iPad, but as of the time of writing, it’s a feature exclusively available on iPhone.



Name Drop is a new AirDrop-related feature that allows for easier contact sharing amongst iPhone users in the same location as you.
The concept is a simple one; bring your iPhone near to someone who you want to share your contact details with and they’ll automatically be sent over. You’ll also receive their contact details at the same time. It includes information like names, contact images, email addresses and more, and also works between iPhones and Apple Watches as long as they’re both up to date with the latest software.If you like to network and mingle at work events, this could be a real game-changer and finally put those annoying NFC business cards to bed once and for all.


We’ve all been in that scenario where we promise a friend or family member that we’ll let them know that we got home safe (usually after a raucous night out) and totally forgotten once we got home, right? It’d be much easier if there was an automated way to do it – and apparently, Apple agrees.With iOS 17, Apple is introducing new Check-In functionality to iPhone that essentially automates that process for you. In essence, the feature will send automated updates to preselected contacts in your Messages app to let you know when you arrive home. The functionality tracks the route you took on your journey, and will alert your contacts if you’re delayed, deviate from that route or don’t make it home at all. It’ll also share vital information like the battery level of your smartphone, helping provide peace of mind for concerned loved ones the world over.

iOS 16 and iOS 17 represent Apple's commitment to continuously improving its mobile operating system and providing users with a seamless, secure, and personalised experience. While iOS 16 focused on refining the user interface and enhancing performance, iOS 17 takes it a step further with more customisation options, improved privacy features, and enhanced collaboration capabilities. Whether you're an avid Apple user or new to the ecosystem, both iOS 16 and iOS 17 offer compelling reasons to upgrade and enjoy the latest advancements in mobile technology.