Among other announcements at the start of WWDC 2017, Apple has now divulged details of what to expect in the next version of the operating system. While many were hoping that the iPhone 8 would be revealed, hardware is not something that the Cupertino company spends much time in at WWDC, preferring instead to let us know what to expect in terms of software. Here’s what you can expect when iOS 11 download [ext link] is released in September.
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iOS 11 Features :
The all new iOS 11 features are now live. You can find all the detailed information of iOS 11 in the list below.
- Drag and Drop
The iPad gets a new dock that pins your most accessed documents and apps for easy access. A re-designed app switcher makes it easier to move between active apps using features like Slide Over and Split View and Drag and Drop is accessible throughout the whole experience on the iPad for easy copying and pasting of pictures and text.
- Files App
The iPhone and the iPad get a new Files app, giving users access to all their files in one place, from local storage and cloud storage
- Apple Pencil
The Apple Pencil is given a few new features, including easy access to Instant Notes by tapping the pencil on the lock screen of your device. The Pencil is now integrated in a number of apps, may be used for inline drawing, allows Markup on screenshots and a lot more besides
- Scan and Sign
Scan and Sign is a new Notes feature that scans for a document, trims the sides and the glare, allowing you to use Pencil to sign it and print it.
- Messages iCloud Sync
All messages will now be synced using iCloud to ensure continuity across devices
- Apple Pay
P2P payments are now able to be integrated in an iMessage app called Apple Pay Cash. Users can send and receive money via the app and can also use Siri to make the payments using the already stored payment details in their wallet. Money received goes straight to the Apple Pay Cash account and can be used in the same way as Apple Pay
- Messages App Drawer
Easily access Sticker packs and iMessage apps from the new Messages App Drawer, accessible from the bottom of the interface
Siri gets a couple of new features, including a translation features for several different languages, machine learning, which allows Siri to follow your conversations rather than giving single replies and also, Sri voices get a more human and natural tone
- Camera and Photo Apps
Photos taken in portrait mode can now be taken with HDR, True Tone flash and Optical Image Stabilization. Live Photos includes a few new features, including frames, and trimming. New compression techniques now allow larger photos and 4K videos to take up less space on the iPhone 7/7Plus models.
- Redesign of the Lock Screen, Control Center and Notification Center.
All three get a make-over, with the notification center and lock screens become one entity with intelligent rich notifications and the control center becomes one tall page, in widget-style and looking lie a remote control. You can use 3D Touch on the page settings to access more details.
- One Handed Keyboard Control
One-handed keyboard control becomes reality and is easily accessed through a tap on the emoji icon and selecting One-Handed Typing, bringing all the keys closer to your thumb
- Apple Maps
Apple Maps gets a couple of new features, including lane change information, speed limits and indoor mapping support for large malls and airports
CarPlay users get DnD support, or Do Not Disturb. This stops notifications from coming through and turns off the screen. If a user attempts to turn on the screen while in DnD mode, they will get a warning however, the feature can be customized to let specified contacts through.
- HomeKit and AirPlay 2
A new Speakers feature in HomeKit will allow integration with a number of the better-known speaker manufacturers while AirPlay 2 allows a user full multi-room control over smart wireless speakers. Apple TV users can also set up their device to be a hub for all the connected speakers
- Apple Music Social Sharing
A new feature in Apple Music allows you to see what your friends are listening to. You can also have songs added to an Apple Music playlist by Shazam automatically and developers can use the MusicKit framework in their app development
- App Store
For the first time in Apple history, the App Store has been completely redesigned with new features including a Daily List, Game of the Data and App of the Day. In-App purchases get their own section, so you can see them at a glance
Other Features :
- Machine learning
- Metal 2 Framework for rendering of graphics
- ARkit for development of Augmented Reality
- Automatic Setup to help set up a new device
- Apple News app gets a couple of changes
- QuickType keyboard also gets an update
iOS 11 Release Date and Availability :
Beta 1 of iOS 11 Download [ext link] is available right now for members of the development program while those on the Beta program will get access later this month. The final version of iOS 11 will be released in September.
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