New iOS 17 features could help keep you safe: How they work – USA TODAY

Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 17, was released Monday at the start of a major week for the tech giant.
The release of the operating system is the first product from Apple’s “Wonderlust” event that consumers are able to put their hands on with the iPhone 15 and Apple Watch Series 9 coming to stores this Friday.
And iOS 17 brings new features to Apple’s flagship product. While new features such as “Standby mode” and live voicemail are the most notable additions, there are also upgrades that are useful to help keep iPhone users safe.
Here are three key updates in iOS 17 that can help keep you safe.
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Apple’s iOS 17 will allow you to create a destination to send a check-in with a designated person, such as home. Once you reach the destination, the phone can automatically send a notification to the designated person.
The “Check In” feature can also be set for a duration of time. When the time is up, the phone will prompt you to tap the screen to confirm that you are safe.
If you don’t tap the screen or do not make progress toward the marked destination for 15 minutes, the feature will ask if you are all right and share information such as location, battery charge and cellular service with your designated person.
The maps feature will now be available offline in iOS 17. You will be able to get location information and routes in areas without cellular service. And it will provide estimated time of arrival data using historical traffic data.
The weather app in iOS 17 will provide more detailed information in its forecasts. The updated app will provide an hour-by-hour forecast of precipitation probabilities for 10 days as well as wind force and direction for the upcoming 24 hours.
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