Apple’s Journal app may help you ‘practice gratitude’


Apple Journal App press images creating new entry and list of past entries
Journal can help you create personalized entries, with content from multiple apps, to help you preserve life’s memories.
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During their WWDC23 keynote, along side the introduction of iOS 17, Apple also previewed their new Journaling app. In line with previous rumors and expectations, the app is designed to make it simple to quickly capture a wide range of aspects about your day.

A Journaling experience just for you

For the last several years, Apple has continued to add new features to improve health and wellness, and with Journal, they continue that focus. During the presentation, Senior Manager of Sensing and Connectivity Adeeti Ullal emphasized the importance of practicing gratitude and cited research showing that journaling improves wellbeing.

With the new Journal app for iOS, users can record personal thoughts, document experiences, and capture special memories in a secure and highly personalized experience. Users can also take advantage of the Journal app’s on-device machine learning generated suggestions for journal entry topics based on photos, people, places, workouts, and more.

What makes Journal truly unique is the deep system integration across Apple’s apps. When creating journal entries, the app can automatically include various content snippets from photos, maps, activity, contacts, mindfulness, and more. Additionally, the Suggestions API will allow developers to prompt journal entries or include content from their apps, making your entries even more unique and personalized. Other prompts include reflections, which encourage you to journal based on a question or theme.

The Journal app will also use notifications to encourage consistent journaling. Notifications can also provide updates when there is a new suggestion or prompts to record in your journal.

Ullal also highlighted the apps security features, including the ability to lock your journal and end-to-end encryption for keeping your data safe. The Journal app is expected to release later this year in a software update.


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