It’s finally here – Apple just announced the next version of its operating system in the WWDC, the iOS 11. We’ve been hotly anticipating the news of the iOS 11 for a while now and Apple has finally put all us tech geeks out of our miseries.
At the WWDC 2017 conference that is happening right now, CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, officially announced the new iOS 11 onstage and later, Craig Frederighi took the new announcement up and presented live features of the operating system. Calling the iOS 11 a big development would be an understatement because this new software not only packs never-before seen features but also makes using Apple devices much more convenient and smoother.
App Changes in iOS 11
iOS 11 brought with it some important changes to certain applications making them a lot more user-friendly and versatile.
We already heard whispers of Apple planning to expand its voice-assistant, Siri in the WWDC. Now, we know those rumors were true after all. Now Siri can perform additional tasks including various translations (English to Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Italian).
That’s not all though! Siri has now an in-built system known as ‘on-device learning’. According Federighi, the on-device learning system will allow Siri to give suggestions based on the user’s personal usage of his basic apps like News, Mail, Messaging and the Safari browser. This new technology will definitely make Siri a lot more smarter.
Another area Apple has improved is its Apple Pay service which is now taking on Venmo and Square cash to include person-to-person payments. The new iOS 11 will also include an Apple Pay Cash Card in which Apple users can store their funds and can transfer them to their local bank accounts.
The Files App
A few hours before the Keynote of the WWDC, Apple accidentally put up an item on its App Store labeled ‘Files’. We assumed the company was finally finding a solution to the file organization problem Apple users face, and lo and behold, sure enough, there will be a new file managing application on the iOS 11 under the name of ‘Files’. Now users can view and organize files on their devices and on the iCloud, DropBox, OneDrive services.
The App Store
The App Store didn’t get a lot of change when it comes to functionality, but it did have a major makeover. The iOS 11 will now add new tab options to the app store including a ‘Today’ tab which will highlight all the latest releases, as well as a games tab which was surprisingly absent before. Even better, developers will now be able to directly list in-app purchases to save users from troublesome searches of the apps.
In the WWDC Apple announced the iOS 11 will sport a multi-room audio support between iPhone, iPads, and third-party speakers. Furthermore, Apple Music will now let you listen to your music privately instead of letting the world know what’s on your playlist.
The Camera App
If you thought the Apple camera couldn’t get better, it just did. With iOS 11, photography enthusiasts can now enjoy new features such as the Loop and Bounce Effects (much like Instagram’s Boomerang application). Users can also now take Portrait images with optical image stabilization, in HDR or with a flash. Another major change in the camera app Apple announced is its new High Efficiency Image File Format technology that can help save the storage space on your phone.
Apple Maps just got a lot more convenient! iOS 11 is now adding indoor maps option for the Apple Maps app that will show up maps of over 20 major airports and multiple shopping centers in certain cities including Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo and more.
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New Controls & Features on the iOS 11
Apart from completely redesigning the control center in the iOS 11, Apple has also added new drag and drop options for iPad users that will quickly allow them to shift things around their tablet. The iOS 11 will also now preserve app pairings for the iPad too. Other changes in the general features include a Do Not Disturb While Driving option to improve the safety of the user while driving. FaceTime Live Photos, password auto-fill, a one-handed keyboard are some more features the iOS 11 is said to pack.
The WWDC has paved way for an exciting new development from Apple that will be made available to us this fall. The iOS 11 will run on iPhone 5S and later, iPad Air and iPad Pro, iPad mini 2, iPad 5th Generation and iPod Touch 6th generation.