The key competitor of the Android platform has received a major update whose details were released at the recently held WWDC in California. Yes, the iOS 11 has been previewed and with this, new features and improvements are introduced to the Apple products. iOS 11 is the biggest software update that will improve the multitasking and comes with new ways of using Apple Pencil.
Not only this, Augmented Reality to build apps and CoreML for on-device machine learning capabilities are also introduced for the developers. Some of the other features include Apple Pay, Do Not Disturb while driving, new voice recognition for Siri and improved capabilities to Photos and Camera. iOS 11 is available as a developer preview and will be available for iPhone and iPad by this year.
iOS 11 Changelog and New Features
So, below are some of the updates that you will see with the iOS 11 in Apple products.
Multitasking on iPad becomes even more powerful with a new customizable Dock which gives easy access to the frequently used apps and documents from any screen. A redesigned app switcher ease down the process of switching between the active apps.
The new Files app is your new destination for keeping all the files in either iCloud Drive or other cloud storage. The drag and drop feature further improves the process of moving the images and texts.
The functionality of Apple Pencil is also improved with iPad and now it supports inline drawing and a new Instant Notes that opens Notes on the Lock Screen by tapping the Pencil on the display.
Apple has introduced a new platform for developers that will help them in building improved AR experiences for the users on iPhone and iPad. The new ARKit allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed and compelling virtual content.
Improvements In Siri
The personal assistant now comes with more natural and expressive voice with adjusted intonation, pitch, emphasis and tempo while speaking. It can also translate words from English to Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. It has also adapted on-device learning that will help in delivering more personalized experience to individual users. Suggestions according to a user behavior will be provided by Siri in Safari and some other apps.
iOS 11 allows Portrait Mode images with optical image stabilization, True Tone flash, and HDR, to give every image a more professional look. Live Photos have new Loop and Bounce effects that create regular video loops and Long Exposure can capture time and movement.
The Memory Movies are optimized to play in both portrait and landscape orientation. A new image file called High-Efficiency Image File Format is also introduced with the iOS 11 that reduces the file size of the images and videos a user take.
Control Center Customizations
Control Center allows more customization and gives quick access to the frequently used controls all on one page. New Lock Screen gives a better way to show notifications all in one place.
Do Not Disturb While Driving
With this feature, the iPhone automatically detects when you are driving and silence the notifications to keep the screen dark and keep the driver more focused. Users can also use the auto reply option for contacts saved in Favourites to let them know that you are driving.
- iMessages has a redesigned app drawer that gives convenient access to apps and stickers. This will help in decorating the messages in a much convenient way.
- Apple Pay users can now send and receive money from each other directly.
- Apple Maps are now integrated with indoor maps of major airports and centers.
- Apple Music allows subscribers to create their profile so that friends and other members can follow them and their list of music.
- One-handed keyboard allows the user to type on an iPhone in a much convenient manner and gives quick access to numbers, symbols, and punctuation.
The iOS 11 is available to iOS developer program members at developer.apple.com and public beta version will be available for users by this month end.