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iOS 17 and watchOS 10 introduce a new way to easily exchange contact information between iPhones, Apple Watches, or both. NameDrop, the new feature debuting for everyone this fall, lets you control what information you share via AirDrop without having to create a separate contact card.

NameDrop isn’t the only update to the contact card experience in iOS 17, however.

iOS 17 introduces a much-requested feature to the Contacts app in the form of a new pronoun field.

People often include pronoun preferences in email signatures and on social media, but saving this information in the Contacts app meant manually creating a field in the notes section. Now there is a preset field where pronoun preferences can be saved.

The pronoun field is not only useful for contact cards for others; you can also add your own pronoun preferences to your personal contact card. Once you do this, your pronoun preferences will be shared along with your other contact information when you trade cards with someone.

It’s not just a standard text field either. Apple lets you choose between a number of languages, and the app includes an explanation of how to use three forms of pronouns with grammatical accuracy.

Importantly, Apple has a useful privacy policy for pronoun entry.

“Pronouns are only used on your devices by supported Apple apps,” the company says. “They are not shared with Apple or third-party developers.”

You can now find the new pronoun field on iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and watchOS 10. macOS Sonoma will be available later this month.

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