"Screen Distance": A small but extremely useful feature

Do you know about the new Screen Distance feature on iOS 17? This is a feature that helps protect your eyes from strain and nearsightedness by alerting you when you hold the device too close to your eyes for a long time. If you want to know more details about this feature, how to turn it on and use it, its advantages, as well as some frequently asked questions about it, follow the article below right away!

Overview of iOS 17

iOS 17 is the latest version of the operating system for iPhone, introduced by Apple in June 2023 at WWDC 2023 event. iOS 17 brings many new features to enhance the communication, sharing and creativity experience of users. 

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iOS 17

One of the notable features of iOS 17 is ScreenDistance, a feature that helps protect eyes from strain and nearsightedness by alerting users when they hold the device too close to their eyes for a long time. Use TrueDepth camera to measure the distance between eyes and screen, and send notifications to users when they hold the device too close to their eyes for a long time. 

New features on iOS 17

iOS 17 also has many other new features to make your iPhone more awesome. Here are some new features on iOS 17 that you should not miss: 

  • Contact Posters: Allows you to customize what others see when you call, such as a picture, a video or an emoji. Use Contact Posters to share your contact information with others using NameDrop. 
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Contact Posters
  • NameDrop: You can share your contact information with others by placing two iPhones close together. What information you want to share, such as phone number, email or address. NameDrop uses NFC technology to transmit data securely and quickly. 
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NameDrop
  • Live Voicemail: You can also leave audio or video messages when someone misses your call. Help you see a transcript of the audio message and reply right on the lock screen. 
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Live Voicemail
  • Journal: Track your mood and emotions in a new app. You can write a diary, take pictures, record audio and use analysis tools to understand yourself better. Journal can also sync with the Health app to let you know your health status. 
Tính năng Journal
Journal
  • StandBy: Can stand iPhone horizontally while charging to watch live activities on full screen, such as score of a match or delivery progress of food. You can also see Siri results with rich graphics from afar. StandBy can also display interactive widgets for you to perform actions with just one touch. Interactive
Tính năng StandBy
StandBy
  • Widgets: You can add interactive widgets to your home screen to do more things. You can turn on a flashlight, call FaceTime, play games, watch news, listen to music and more with just one touch on a widget. You can also customize the size and position of widgets.
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Interactive Widgets

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How to turn on Screen Distance

As a new feature in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, part of Screen Time of iPhone and iPad. This feature helps protect users’ eyes from eye strain and prevent nearsightedness by alerting users when they hold the device too close to their eyes for a long time. 

Use TrueDepth camera to measure distance between eyes and screen, and send notifications to users when they hold the device too close to their eyes for a long time. To turn on this feature in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, you need to do the following steps: 

  • In the Settings app, select Screen Time in the second section. 
  • Under the Limit Usage section, select ScreenDistance. 
  • You will see some screens explaining about this feature, and you can select Continue and Turn on on each screen. 
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How to turn on the Screen Distance feature

Currently, this feature only supports iPhone and iPad Pro devices with Face ID. Other devices do not have TrueDepth cameras so cannot use this feature.

Advantages 

The new features on ios 17 has many advantages for users, especially children. Some advantages of this feature are: 

  • Helps reduce eye strain and protect vision when using a device for a long time. 
  • Prevents nearsightedness in children by encouraging the habit of viewing screens at a safe distance. 
  • Users are aware of the optimal distance between eyes and screen, which is about 40-45 cm. 
  • Helps users adjust distance easily with full notification and continue buttons. 

Questions about Screen Distance feature

You may have many questions about this feature on iOS 17 and iPadOS 17. Here are some frequently asked questions about this feature: 

  • Does it affect Face ID? No, this feature does not change how Face ID works. You can still unlock your device with your face securely and quickly. This feature only uses TrueDepth camera to measure distance between eyes and screen, but does not affect face recognition process of yours. 
  • Does it work on an iPad? Yes, but only on iPad Pro devices with Face ID. Currently, this feature only supports iPhone and iPad Pro devices with Face ID. Other iPad devices do not have TrueDepth camera so cannot use this feature.
  • Does it cause annoyance when using it? Maybe, depending on your habits. If you often hold the device too close to your eyes, you will receive many notifications from this feature. This may interrupt your work or entertainment. However, you can also consider this as a helpful reminder to protect your eyes. 
  • Can it be turned off or on at any time? Yes, you can adjust this feature in the Settings app, select Screen Time → ScreenDistance, and switch toggle on right. You can also customize notification time and minimum distance in this Settings section.

Hope you have found useful information about new features in this article. This is a new and unique feature on iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, which helps you protect your eyes from strain and nearsightedness. If you have any questions or suggestions, please visit Website or Fanpage for support! And if you find this article useful, please share it with your friends so they also know about Screen Distance feature.

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