iPhone owners are just realising they’re using Siri, iMessage and Safari all wrong after Apple’s big update

NOW that Apple has released its new iOS 17, there are a number of new iPhone features to explore.

If you’re eligible for the latest major iPhone update, it turns out you’re now using Siri, iMessage, and Safari all wrong.

iPhone users can now hide their naughty Safari searches behind a passcode or facial recognition


iPhone users can now hide their naughty Safari searches behind a passcode or facial recognitionPhoto credit: © 2023 SOPA Img

Siri Lists

Siri has received a major upgrade in iOS 17, saving iPhone users tons of time.

While you can now simply say “Siri” instead of “Hey, Siri,” users can also skip the “and” when giving the voice assistant a list of tasks.

When Siri completes multiple tasks in quick succession, users don’t have to speak to the assistant more than once.

Just say “Siri” and outline your commands in a bulleted list.

Don’t combine them with “and” or Siri will get confused.


Apple’s native messaging app has also welcomed a new, potentially life-saving new feature called Check-In.

The feature notifies trusted contacts when iPhone users have safely reached a destination.

“If you stop making progress, it will contact you, and if you don’t respond, it will share helpful information with your friend, such as your iPhone’s location, battery level, and cellular service status,” Apple said.

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To use it, open the Messages app on your iPhone and tap the pen and paper icon at the top of the screen.

Then add a recipient or select an existing conversation.

Then tap Plus symbol > More > check in > Edit > Then click on one of the following options:

  • If I arrive: Indicate your destination, how you will travel (driving, public transport or walking) and add additional time if necessary.
    • This will monitor your trip and notify your friend or family member if your iPhone stops moving for an “extended period of time” or if it “does not reach your destination as expected.”
  • According to a timer: Specify a time period – for example, if you want to get to know someone.
    • If you don’t finish check-in before the time you set, the feature will notify your friend.

Secret Safari Tabs

iPhone users can now hide their naughty Safari searches behind a passcode or facial recognition.

Safari’s Private Browsing feature allows users to browse the web without saving their browsing history or cookies.

It prevents iPhone owners from being surprised by embarrassing search queries that might appear in the search bar of a regular Safari browser.

These private searches do not automatically disappear when the browser session ends.

They persist in Safari unless you close them, like regular tabs.

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But iOS 17 has ensured that these private tabs remain private and not public.

To lock the Private Browsing section in Safari, simply go to Settings > safari > Turn on the switch Face ID required to unlock private browsing.

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