iOS 11 Beta Pre­view Released: 19 Cool New Features


Soon after unveiling the features of its upcoming iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad at WWDC 2017, Apple has released the public beta programme for its operating system. Though this update is unstable, if you like being one of the first ones to try new software features, it won’t disappoint.

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Apple has made multitudes of changes to the way things work on its devices, calling this update ‘a giant step for iPhone. A monumental leap for iPad’.

The stable build for iOS 11 will be released publicly this fall and will features fresh updates to Siri, new AR experiences, better multitasking on iPad and much more.

“iOS 11 sets a new standard for what is already the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. It makes iPhone better than before. It makes iPad more capable than ever,” the company stated.

While the company had already released the developer preview alongside the unveiling at WWDC 2017, the beta software programme brings in a more stable update.

“And now it opens up both to the amazing possibilities for augmented reality in games and apps. With iOS 11, iPhone and iPad are the most powerful, personal and intelligent devices they’ve ever been,” they added.

19 Cool New Features

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  • Files App: Apple iPad gets a new Files app which lets users easily browse through all their files, not only in the internal storage but also on other iOS devices, iCloud Drive, Box and Dropbox.
  • New Dock: iPad users will be able to make use of the customisable Dock which will show the most frequently used apps or documents.
  • Multitasking: The app switcher has been redesigned, making it easier to move between active app windows using the split view or slide over on the iPad.
  • Drag and Drop: Apple has also introduced the drag and drop functionality to the iPad which allows users to move just about anything to anywhere on the screen.
  • Apple Pencil: Apple Pencil now supports inline drawing, instant markup, scan and sign for iPad. In addition to that, users will also be able to take notes directly from the Lock Screen via the Instant Notes feature which can be accessed simply by tapping on the display.
  • QuickType Keyboard: Apple has redesigned the keyboard so that users don’t have to switch back and forth between alphabet and symbol keyboards on iPad. The new keyboard offers all the keys in a single outlay. On iPhone, users can enable the one-handed typing mode via the emoji key.
  • Augmented Reality: Using the built-in camera and motion sensors, Apple is helping developers to integrate high-quality AR experience for iPhone and iPad. The ARKit offered by Apple to developers helps them use the latest computer vision tech to create immersive AR content which can be used in gaming, shopping, industrial design and more.
  • Apple Pay: Now Apple Pay users will be able to send and receive money to another number quickly and securely as the ability to send money has been integrated within the Messages app.
  • Live Photos: Apple has introduced three new features — Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure — which allows users to make the Live Photos more interactive.
  • Camera Updates: The company has introduced new filters for photos, improved the quality of portrait images, and have also integrated a compression tech which reduces the file size by half without hindering the picture quality.
  • Revamped App Store: The new app store is curated daily and now makes it easier to find new apps and games. Users will see ‘daily stories by experts, a dedicated Games tab, lists for all kinds of apps and much more’.
  • Smarter Siri: Siri is now more expressive, has a more natural voice and is integrated with advanced machine learning. Siri can also translate better, works seamlessly with Apple Music to learn and play the songs of your choice. Similarly, it learns the news topics which will interest you, predicts QuickType texts and learns about your from the Safari browser too.
  • Apple Music: Apple Music now offers additional ways to discover music — the one that your friends are listening to. Subscribers can now create profiles, which can be followed by friends and others. When you follow a profile, you’ll be able to listen to the playlists shared by them and also take a peek at their frequently played tracks.
  • AirPlay 2: Apple brings in AirPlay 2 to control your home audio system throughout the house. Now users can play the same song on speakers in different rooms and also adjust the volume for either of the rooms separately or sync all the speakers together.
  • Control Center: The Control Center on the iOS 11 has been redesigned and is now all the more customisable. Now users can add and remove the controls that are used the most and least as per their requirements.
  • Lock Screen Notifications: Users will now be able to take a glance of all their recent and missed notifications from the pull-down window on the lock screen.
  • Do Not Disturb While Driving: iPhone will automatically detect when a user is driving and will silence all notifications in order to keep the screen dark while the user drives. Users can set up an auto-reply, letting their contacts listed under ‘Favorites’ know that they’re driving and can not respond at the moment.
  • Apple Maps Update: Apple Maps has added several indoor maps for major airports and shopping centers worldwide. The app also gets real-time lane guidance.
  • Automatic Setup: Apple has made easier for users to switch to a new iPhone or iPad as with this new feature, users will be able to securely import personal settings, preferences, iCloud Keychain passwords on the new device by simply holding it nearby.

Limitations to Note

There are certain limitations to the iOS 11 beta release, as follows:

  • Searchable handwriting is available in English and Chinese only.
  • Keyboard flick isn’t available on 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
  • Apple Pay Cash and person to person payment is available only in the USA.
  • Apple Pay Cash and person to person payment only works on iPhone SE, iPhone 6 or later, iPad Pro, iPad (5th Gen), iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 or later and Apple Watch.
  • Some features, applications and services might not be available in certain regions of the world.

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