This iOS 17 Feature Could Help With Your Eye Strain

When Apple announced iOS 17 during the WWDC 2023 event on June 5 it shared details about what the update will offer when it ships later this year.

We’re still learning more about that update, including the fact that one of the new features could help if you suffer from eye strain.

That’s thanks to a new Screen Distance feature that will alert users if their iPhone or iPad is too close to their face when they are using it according to MacRumors.

It’s only available on iPhones and iPads that have TrueDepth technology, so those that offer Face ID. That’s because the TrueDepth camera is what is used to figure out how far away someone is holding their iPhone or iPad.

If the user is holding their iPhone or iPad less than 12 inches away from their face they’ll see a message that tells them to keep it at arm’s length to help protect their eyesight.

This will be available as part of the iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 updates that are expected to ship to the public in or around September. Both of those releases are now available to developers, and people have been testing them for the last week or so.

Apple’s iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 weren’t the only software previews to take place at WWDC. We also saw the next big software updates for the Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch as well.

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