Soon after unveiling the features of its upcoming iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad at WWDC 2017, Apple had released the public beta programme for its operating system earlier this year and now the company has announced that the latest OS will start rolling out to compatible devices on Tuesday.
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’.
“iOS 11 brings augmented reality to hundreds of millions of iOS devices and new professional capabilities improve images in Photos and Camera. Siri is more natural and useful and a redesigned App Store makes it easier to discover apps and games,” Apple stated.
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 Maps has added several indoor maps for major airports and shopping centers worldwide. The app also gets real-time lane guidance.
More Power to iPad
iPad users will be able to make use of the customisable Dock which will show the most frequently used apps or documents.
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.
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 will now support 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.
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.
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.
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.
Apple has also introduced three new features — Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure — which allows users to make the Live Photos more interactive.
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’.
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. These features will be added to Apple Pay this fall.
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.
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 cannot respond at the moment.
Apple Music Update
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.