iOS 17.2 arrives with Journal app, and big Apple Music changes

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in iOS edited December 2023

Apple has released iOS 17.2 to the public, with the update adding the long-awaited Journal app as well as Apple Music changes.

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The second main update to iOS 17 since iOS 17.1 was introduced on October 25, iOS 17.2 has finished its run of beta tests and can now be installed by the public onto their iPhones.

The biggest inclusion in the release is the Journal app, which didn't make it to the original iOS 17 release. The Journal is intended as a way for users to make posts about their day, including adding photographs, audio snippets, and locations, which they can reflect on in the future.



Apple also introduced Spatial Video recording in the betas for the iPhone 15 Pro. The feature enables users to record footage using their iPhone, which could then be viewed on the Apple Vision Pro once it is released in early 2024.

Apple Music has a few changes. Songs favorited by the user are collected together in a new Favorites playlist. Meanwhile, a Focus Filter for the Apple Music Listening History is available, which turns off Listening History so songs you or someone else plays don't get added to the list.

The Messages app gains a new sticker response, which users can use instead of a tapback reaction. Users can select a sticker or emoji that gets appended to the corner of a message. iMessage Contact Key Verification is also joining the app, so users can verify each other and ensure communications are secure and private.

The Action Button on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max gains a new option, with Translate now able to be triggered by it.

The Apple TV app has undergone changes, with the removal of Movies and TV shows tabs from the Store. New Weather Widget options including Details and Daily Forecast are added, as well as a new Digital Clock widget.

In other changes, the Books app get a new Fast Fade page-turning animation, Memoji adds Bodies, the News app adds Live Activities support, and Contact Posters add a rainbow-colored text option.

To update devices to iOS 17.2 manually, users must open the Settings app then select General, then Software Update. If the update is available for the device, tap it and follow the on-screen instructions to install it.

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Comments

  • Reply 2 of 11
    No watch update?
    williamlondon
  • Reply 3 of 11
    My mistake Watch 10.2 is available. Took forever to populate in the watch app on phone.
    williamlondon
  • Reply 4 of 11
    Did Spatial Recording make the cut or not? i.e. (in the release version).
  • Reply 5 of 11
    They also released 16.7.3.
    maltz
  • Reply 6 of 11
    Sure hope bug fixes include the buggy Books app. Trying to highlight a selection while reading has been a mess since first iOS 17. 
    williamlondon
  • Reply 7 of 11
    dewmedewme Posts: 5,274member
    Maybe it’s just me but the selection of the text insertion point using touch in iOS 17 seems to be changed in an undesirable way. I find it extremely difficult to set the cursor at a text insertion point without it selecting an entire adjacent word even when I’m trying to land in between words. This leads to insertions turning into overwrites, which kind of sucks. Maybe it’s just my fingers getting fatter or my eyesight getting worse, but I find myself using the spacebar cursor control a lot more than I used to. This doesn’t bode well for me trying the journal app. 
  • Reply 8 of 11
    dewme said:
    Maybe it’s just me but the selection of the text insertion point using touch in iOS 17 seems to be changed in an undesirable way. I find it extremely difficult to set the cursor at a text insertion point without it selecting an entire adjacent word even when I’m trying to land in between words. This leads to insertions turning into overwrites, which kind of sucks. Maybe it’s just my fingers getting fatter or my eyesight getting worse, but I find myself using the spacebar cursor control a lot more than I used to. This doesn’t bode well for me trying the journal app. 
    No it’s definitely gotten worse. 
    I personally have a lot of issues with text fields in social media and forums not properly behaving, where longer text starts to cut off from the screen and me having to fight unpredictable UI behavior to get to the copy I want to edit, paired with the exact problem you are describing.
    Sometimes I long for the magnifying glass that popped up while moving the cursor, from the early iOS days.  
    I don’t think it’s always Apple’s fault, but a combination of factors, including the app or web framework being used and how the element is placed in the total hierarchy of elements. I know as a developer there are ways to minimize that but often it’s being overlooked by engineers solely focused on “it should work” rather than “it should be delightful to use”.
    edited December 2023 williamlondondaviator
  • Reply 9 of 11
    I can verify that the default notification sounds can be changed up by the user in the setting with this update. 
    edited December 2023 zeus423
  • Reply 10 of 11
    I don’t get this journal app. What’s the point? Just AI BS scanning your device? 
    williamlondon
  • Reply 11 of 11
    dutchlord said:
    I don’t get this journal app. What’s the point? Just AI BS scanning your device? 
    Yes that's exactly it, you guessed it, genius.
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