Apple iOS 11 features, release and more details have been announced. Here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s latest mobile firmware for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.
The majority of recent focus may have been placed firmly on Apple’s next-generation iPhone – dubbed iPhone 8 – but the company has today used its annual developer conference, WWDC 2017, to shortly shift its focus onto the next-generation platform which will power that device, iOS 11. In front of a captive and excited audience, Tim Cook and his team have finally introduced iOS 11, including diving into details about its features and public availability.
iPhone 8 may be the topic everyone is talking about, but that device wouldn’t be capable of standing ahead of the smartphone pack without a highly powerful and advanced operating system powering it. iOS 11 is that OS, and we now know everything that we need to know about what is going to be offered to the public later this year. Check out all the details below.
Apple has instantly started talking about iOS 11 with some wonderful Messages app changes. Finally, after offering Messages across multiple devices for quite some time, those conversations will now have iCloud syncing so there’s now continuity between machines and devices. It’s also now much easier to access Sticker Packs and iMessages apps from the bottom of the interface rather than having it hidden away. Apple has also integrated peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments directly into an iMessage app with the Apple Pay Cash Card.
As expected, there’s also a big change coming to Siri in iOS 11. Machine learning appears to be the Apple buzz phrase of the day, and that is evident in the new iOS 11 changes. Siri can now follow conversations and questions rather than offering single replies. There’s also stunning new translation features built directly into Siri. The underlying thing here is that Siri is a lot more intelligent, and is capable of learning on the fly to make better improvements, provide more contextual answers to questions, and is even synced across multiple devices.
The camera has always been a big thing for Apple, and changes have been made in iOS 11. There are significant enhancements to how photos are taken and stored with better compression techniques. There’s also more intelligent location tracking on photographs, some wonderful and emotive changes to Memories, and fantastic improvements to the usability and visuals within Control Center. The iOS lock screen and Notification Center have also become one single entity with intelligent rich notifications.
Apple Maps has been somewhat of a labor of love for Apple, but it’s also new had a new upgrade with indoor mapping support for major malls and airports with the intention to continually build out and support more locations over time. And it doesn’t stop there, CarPlay now has a Do Not Disturb mode to prevent notifications from disturbing whilst driving. There’s also improvements to the relatively new Home app with a new Speakers functionality that’s being integrated with a number of well-known speaker manufacturers.
An iOS update wouldn’t be an iOS update without some attention being paid to Apple Music. There’s a wonderful new MusicKit framework for developers to give full access to the Apple Music experience. There’s also a new friends integration to see what friends are listening to, and the ability to have Shazam automatically add songs to an Apple Music playlist. That would all represent a wonderful iOS 11 updates, but there’s also a total revamp of the App Store, which is the first time this has happened in its history. In fact, it now looks very much like the Apple Music app with its chunky text and overview pages.
Overall, some really interesting and important changes within iOS 11 which take it to the next level rather than reinventing and overhauling the platform.
iOS 11 beta 1 is available to download starting today for registered members of the Apple Developer Program. If you are on Apple Beta Software Program, you’ll get your hands on it in early July. As is always the case, the final version of iOS 11 will be made available to public sometime this fall.
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