What the hell? Listen to the new ringtones on iOS 17


By JAMIE TUCKER Consumer Technology Reporter

iOS 17 is available to the public and while many people know about most of the new standout features, there is one key change that Apple didn’t mention. I’d argue that it’s a change that iPhone users and everyone around them will be happy to hear.

Apple has released new ringtones and alarm tones for the first time in a decade. Two dozen of them!

Why is this such a big deal? Default ringtones are monotonous. If you’ve been using the same default ringtone for years, it’s probably time for a change. Maybe you’ve scrolled through the selection a few times and haven’t found anything that you want to listen to multiple times throughout the day. Now is a good time to check it again.

Apple’s new ringtones are really adorable. Or maybe it’s because they are something different. Whatever you think about it, you have to agree that it’s nice to have more choice. Some of the new ringtones, blobs and arpeggios sound like they were produced by an EDM DJ.

The “Unfold” ringtone sounds like the beginning of an Adele song.

Some of the new ringtones are “lo-fi” ringtones with crackles and pops.

Which ringtone is best depends on individual taste. When it comes to an excellent wake-up alarm, Chalet is bright and pleasant and stands out while playing. Even the default “Reflection” sound has an updated sound.

And it’s not just ringtones, there are also around a dozen new sounds for text messages and notifications.

It’s definitely worth listening to. However, if you’re old school and prefer early 2000s ringtones, classic options include Apex, Bulletin, By the Seaside and Ascending.

On behalf of your Android-loving colleague, please don’t use By the Seaside and update it. To find the new Apple ringtones, you’ll need to update your phone to iOS 17, which was released to the public on September 18th.

Brian Ashcraft

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