iOS 17 will remind you to keep your iPhone at arm's length

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iOS likely has more features designed to help or protect the user. Some of them are useful, while others are of more dubious use. The Fall Detection for the Apple Watch leans more towards the former, but what about a Screen Distance feature in iOS 17?

Earlier this month, Apple released the preview for iOS 17 on beta.apple.com. One of the new features in the latest iOS version is "Screen Distance". It helps reduce eye strain by sending notifications when you hold your iPhone or iPad too close to your eyes. This optional feature can be enabled in the Settings menu (Settings -> Screen Time -> Screen Distance), then tapping on Continue and "Turn On Screen Distance".

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Based on the description, Screen Distance will "help reduce eye strain, and risk of myopia in children". The feature will alert users if they hold an iPhone or iPad with Face ID too close for an extended period. In other words, it's compatible with iPhone XS and newer models or iPad Pro models from 2018 onwards.

At the moment, we don't know how effective this feature can be. So if you've managed to get the beta version of iOS 17, let us know how well the Screen Distance feature worked for you on our Facebook page. And as always, stay tuned to TechNave for more news like this.