iOS 17.2 gets NameDrop-like feature for instant digital pass sharing

Apple’s upcoming iOS 17.2 update promises a significant upgrade to how iPhone users manage and share digital passes stored in their Wallet app. This update introduces a groundbreaking NameDrop-like feature that simplifies pass sharing for boarding passes, movie tickets, and more.

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Share passes without Wi-Fi or messages in iOS 17.2

iOS 17.2 introduces a game-changing feature inspired by NameDrop. This intuitive feature allows users to effortlessly share digital passes from their Wallet app by simply holding their iPhone near the top of another iPhone. Once the connection is established, a “Share” button appears, enabling seamless transfer of the pass using AirDrop. This contactless approach eliminates the need for Wi-Fi or carrier networks, making pass sharing accessible even in areas with limited connectivity.

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This innovative sharing method offers several advantages over traditional techniques. Unlike sharing through email or text messages, the NameDrop-like approach provides a more controlled and secure environment.

The physical proximity required for sharing minimizes the risk of accidental or unintended dissemination of sensitive information. Additionally, the process is significantly faster and less prone to errors, eliminating the frustration of manually entering pass details or dealing with unreliable network connections.

While the NameDrop-like feature for pass sharing is a highlight of iOS 17.2, this update comes packed with several additional improvements designed to enhance the overall user experience.

  • The long-awaited Journal app: This integrated journaling tool provides a convenient platform for documenting and organizing personal thoughts, reflections, and experiences.
  • Spatial video recording for iPhone 15 Pro models: This feature allows users to capture immersive, 3D video experiences, unlocking new possibilities for creative expression and content creation.
  • Enhancements to the Messages and Weather apps: These popular apps receive significant improvements, offering a more streamlined and intuitive user interface, along with additional functionalities.
  • A Favorite Songs playlist in Apple Music: This user-generated playlist automatically updates with a curated selection of the user’s most frequently played songs, providing a convenient way to access personal favorites.

With iOS 17.2 currently in its final testing stages, it is expected to be released to the general public next week. Compatible with iPhone XS and above, this update brings many new features and improvements to iPhone users, ensuring a more convenient, personalized, and secure mobile experience.

(via MacRumors)

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