Apple has introduced iOS 11 at WWDC 2017, the new version of its mobile operating system. We tell you what are all its news and amazing features.
As expected, Apple has introduced iOS 11 in the WWDC 2017. The Cupertino company has shown the features of the new version of its operating system for mobile devices at the conference, which will be available soon for developers and will reach the users by the end of this fall.
There are a number of applications which has different optimisation with new features of iOS11. Apps like Messaging, Apple Pay, Siri, Camera, Photos, Maps or the new control centre, etc. All of them are oriented to improve the user experience through new useful functions that streamline the use of the smartphone and allows us to carry out new tasks to get the most out of the devices. Here are the highlights of each of them.
Amazing New Features of iOS11 for iPhone and iPad
Let us see all the new features now.
1. Siri, with deep learning and simultaneous translation
The virtual assistant Apple will be smarter and will have useful new features in iOS 11. On the one hand, Siri’s voice has been optimised thanks to deep learning to sound more natural and expressive in all languages. It also has an improved visual interface, thanks to machine learning, it is able to offer more precise answers and multiple results to a question.
In the new version of the operating system, Siri has a new ability that is a simultaneous translation of voice, a function that will undoubtedly prove extremely useful to all users. At the moment it is in beta and is able to translate from English to French, Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Italian languages. Although the company hopes to increase the languages supported in the coming months.
In addition with Sirikit, developers will be able to make the Apple virtual assistant access to more third-party applications than ever before. Thanks to this, you will be able to manage many tasks in all types of apps using voice commands with Siri.
According to the Cupertino company, from now on Siri is much more than a voice assistant. Siri has the ability to understand the context and your interests, allowing Siri to predict what you need next. It is learning everything about you to offer you everything you expect, and is available on all your devices, both the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers, with the security guaranteed by end-to-end encryption.
2. What’s New in Messaging and Apple Pay
IOS 11 brings updates for Messages and Apple Pay. The first has a redesign of the application drawer so that now the apps are more accessible from the bottom of the screen. The great news is that it is now integrated into iCloud, so that from now on you will have the possibility to consult your conversations from any terminal connected to the Internet, and you will be able to synchronise them quickly in all your devices.
Apple Pay also presents interesting innovations in the new version of the operating system. Now, in addition to using it to pay in stores, we can also use the system in applications, on the web and also to make payments between users. To do this, it integrates with the Messages application, so that you can send and receive money in a very simple way and in a couple of clicks.
3. New Camera and Photo Features
Among the new features of iOS 11 introduced by Apple, most amazing new features are of the Camera and Photos apps. On the one hand, with the new version of the operating system, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus can record video using HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding), which provides better compression, which means that the files take up less space. In addition, the same technology applies in the case of images, replacing the JPEG with a format called HEIF (High-Efficiency Image Format) that allows you to obtain photos of the same quality that occupy half the space.
On the other hand, iOS 11 optimises the Portrait Mode of the iPhone 7 Plus by increasing the overall quality of images, especially those made in low light, using optical image stabilisation, true tone flash and HDR. Thanks to this, the photos look more professional, with more vivid colours.
Another distinctive feature of iOS 11 is that Live Photos are more expressive thanks to the new Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure effects that allow you to create videos similar to those obtained with the Instagram Boomerang app.
New features of the new version of the operating system for Apple mobile devices also come to the Photos application. Now the Memories feature is available, which scans the gallery to identify the photos and videos and automatically group them by important events, people or pets that appear and similar tags.
4. Control Center Redesign
Among the new features of iOS 11 is the redesign of the Control Center, which is now much more operative and manageable. Now you can access all the quick features, such as volume and playback controls, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity controls, flashlight power button, quick camera access, or Do Not Disturb mode.
The Notification Center has also been optimised and it is now easier to check the above notifications, which can be accessed by simply swiping your finger up the lock screen.
5. Notifications and lock screen, two in one
As Apple has shown in WWDC, the notification centre and lock screen are unified so that the user can query the iOS activity from both sections in a unified way
6. Apple Maps on iOS 11
The Apple maps are together with the new IOS 11, a new feature. That is none other than the pictures of the inner malls. However, for the moment the deployment of such images will focus on commercial galleries in cities such as Boston, Chicago, Hon Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington or Tokyo, among others.
The same will happen with airports, images that for now will be included of approximately 30 most outstanding in the world. With this implementation, Apple will offer travellers a way not to get lost in the expansive galleries of the world’s main airports.
Other improvements that mapping will receive in Maps is the do not disturb mode for those users who do have Carplay. This will avoid distractions at the wheel since our iPhone can send an SMS warning the caller that the user you are trying to contact is driving.
Similarly, iOS 11 will include a sound effect that will allow the person on the other side of the phone to interpret that the user is driving, so this situation entails any possible oversight.
6. The iPad will be even more powerful
With iOS 11, the iPad is a much more fluid and effective multitasking that allows the Apple tablet to be even more powerful. The new Dock offers quick access to frequently used apps and documents from any screen, and a redesigned application picker makes it much easier to move between the two active apps.
In addition, thanks to the new Files application, which we already knew from a filtering that occurred this morning, you can make a file management much agiler and intuitive, and with drag and drop option it is much easier than never. You can move Files from one place to another.
On the other hand, the update of the operating system improves the integration of Apple Pencil, which now has support for online drawing and has a new note function that opens from the lock screen with a simple touch.
7. AR Experiences for iPhone and iPad
Apple has introduced the ARKit, a new platform to help developers provide quality augmented reality experiences on the iPhone and iPad. Thanks to this new system it is possible to take advantage of the latest artificial vision technologies to build realistic and detailed virtual content, which developers can use for the creation of video games, industrial design, immersive shopping experiences and other applications of interest.
Other iOS 11 news
The new iOS update also affects other applications such as the App Store, Maps, carplay, Home or Apple Music. These are the most outstanding:
- App Store, which has been redesigned to give you the opportunity to discover new applications and games in a much simpler way.
- Maps add the interior maps of major shopping centres and airports around the world.
- CarPlay has a Do Not Disturb feature while driving to avoid distractions.
- Apple Music offers new options for discovering music with friends, listening to shared playlists and seeing what others are playing.
- Home now supports more accessories to automate smart home control.
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IOS 11: availability
Developers can access the iOS 11 preview from today, and by the end of the month, the public beta will be available. End users will receive the upgrade next fall.
There are only a few mobile models which are compatible to update with iOS 11. Check if your iPhone or iPad is compatible with new operating system iOS 11.
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