9 new and updated iPhone, iPad, and Mac features I’ll probably never use


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Apple’s Vision Pro might have been the focus of WWDC 2023, but Apple also announced several updates for its operating systems. That includes iOS 17, iPadOS, macOS Sonoma, watchOS, tvOS, and HomePod Software. These features will reach the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and AirPods/Beats/HomePods later this year, with some of them available already via beta releases.

As with every major operating system update, there will be plenty of new features I’ll hardly use. For some of them, I’m certain I’ll never want to use them. That doesn’t mean they’re bad, and some of the OS features I’ve highlighted below are brilliant additions to Apple’s ecosystem. They might change how you use the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other devices. I just know I don’t want to get my hands on them at this stage.

Contact Posters in iOS 17

This is one of the first new iPhone features Apple unveiled at WWDC. Available in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, Contact Posters will let you set up your appearance for calls to your contacts. You can use photos or Memoji as well as text that appears on the screen while you call your family and friends.

I’m not interested in doing any of that. I won’t spend time customizing my appearance, just as I don’t customize the iPhone’s Lock Screen either (more on that later). And I don’t really care if any of my contacts do it. Come to think of it, it’ll be interesting to see how many of them take advantage of Contact Posters when iOS 17 rolls out this fall.

iOS 17's new personalized Contact Poster feature.
iOS 17’s new Contact Poster feature. Image source: Apple Inc.

I won’t make my own iPhone stickers

If you’re big on using stickers in chat apps, you’ll love iOS 17. You can now create unique stickers from your photos, which means your instant messaging experience will get a significant upgrade.

But I’m just not into stickers. Default one or customizable. I won’t spend time capturing great stickers from my photos or videos so that I can use them sporadically. Because chances are I’ll forget to use them most of the time.

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