What’s the Story With That New ‘Journal’ App on Your iPhone?

What’s the Story With That New ‘Journal’ App on Your iPhone?

Apple rolled out a suite of new additions in late 2023 with iOS 17, many of which were connected to health and general wellness. One update we’ve been particularly interested in, however, is the arrival of Apple’s new app: Journal. We wrote about its arrival back in December, but thought it might be useful to circle back to this piece as many of you have probably noticed the new app sitting on your iPhone home screens over the course of the last month.

As you likely know, Apple doesn’t announce new apps all that often – Freeform was the last major announcement in this space – and when iPhone users notice a new app on their homepage, they’re intrigued (naturally). So, what’s the story with the Journal app, and what can iPhone users expect from it when they dive in?

What is Apple’s new Journal app?

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In the simplest of terms, Journal is the latest iPhone app, which is designed to help users ‘reflect on everyday moments and special events’.

It was announced during Apple’s WWDC 2023 event, but it’s finally coming to iPhones, so people are curious to learn more.

Using a combination of photos, notes and locations, the app is intended to help you create a record of any moment you feel inspired to journal about. Recent activity on your phone (workouts, photos and people you’ve snapped along the way, etc) can also be intelligently curated to help you create entries in your Journal app that look beautiful and capture the little details of the day you’re recording on the page.

Additionally, if you’re someone who needs a little nudge to get a habit going, you can schedule notifications to keep your journaling regular.

From what we can see, this app will be a lovely way to capture details from holidays (if you’re the holiday journal type) or even to just jot down details from days that feel special to you.

And if neither of those sound like your kind of thing, the app can also act as a pretty great mindfulness tool, too.

In terms of privacy, it’s been stated that ‘the use of on-device processing and end-to-end encryption’ will protect your privacy, so you can rest assured that no one will gain access to your journal notes if you don’t permit them to.

The Journal app landed on iPhones as of December 12, 2023.

If you want to learn more, have a read through this list of the iOS 17 updates we think are the most underrated of the bunch.

This article has been updated since its original publish date.

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