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iOS 11 announced, coming this fall

Christian Jay Magowan  —  3 weeks ago ( Jun 07, 2017 )    |    Mobile, News, Technology

Things are changing for the next Apple iOS as it finally touches down to version 11. Enough with the nostalgic rendition of the old iOS, the new mobile operating system from Apple brought a lot of improvements internally and numerous UI revamp that may further improve the user experience.

One of the first thing you’ll notice in iOS 11 is the new Action Center where all the controls are now fitted in a single page. The familiar controls from the current iOS version are now arranged into a widgetized manner where each are housed within its own corridor. It now also respond to 3D Touch, meaning you’ll get extended options when deep pressing a particular control widget.  Screen brightness and your Volume controls now are accessible by sliding up and down from the confines of their widget item.

Another minute, yet important feature in iOS 11 is the unified Lockscreen and Notification Center. Swiping down from the tap of the screen will bring down the Lockscreen while showing all recent and missed notifications in one place.

Do Not Disturb feature in iOS 11 now disables all notification when you’re driving only leaving those VIP contacts that can get through your device in case of emergency. With iOS 11, iPhone devices can detect when you are driving and will automatically enable DnD feature for you using bluetooth connection on your car or through a WiFi doppler effect to detect that the user is driving, However, passengers though can disable this feature as they pleased.

Built-in apps comes with an updated UI and are uncluttered to further ease of use. Labels are now more prominent while controls are placed where you’d expect them to be.

While there are a ton of new features in iOS 11 but this time, the focus is more on the new iPad Pro with features like the new split screen, a multitasking functionality that enables apps to run side by side, contents from one app may be dragged to the other using drag and drop feature. The App dock has been change on the iPad and can now be accessed anywhere on any app by swipe from the bottom of the screen up. iOS 11 also remember apps that you’ve used previously and the system will easily bring them back for you.

With iOS 11, Apple finally brings basic yet fairly native file management system to the OS, this feature has been wanted by many for years and the request is finally granted. The new Files app enables users to search and organize their files and contents together. Besides the on device contents, it can also do the same with your cloud storage space including but not limited to iCloud, OneDrive, Dropbox and other Cloud services that you may have.

iMessage

With the increasing support of Apple Pay from different retailers and stores not only in the US but in other regions as well, iMessage on iOS 11 now supports the feature and enables users to easily send and receive money straight from the messaging app. The system works with your proper TouchID authentication and money goes to the Apple Pay cash card where you could then use to purchase good through your phone or perhaps transfer that to your bank account.

Photos + Videos

One of the thing you could do with your iPhone is taking photos. No doubt, iPhone devices takes one of the best photos in the mobile market with more than a billion photos taken each year from an iOS device. Apple is taking a few quiet steps to make taking photos and videos more productive and in high quality than ever by embracing a new imaging format called HEIF. The new format is developed by Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) based on HEVC design to replace our favorite JPEG image format at half the file size. For video recording, new iPhone devices will also record videos on HEVC format or commonly known as aka H.265 with 2x better compression while maintaining high quality images.

More intelligent Siri

Apple’s own digital assistant Siri has been improved over time and was made even more intelligent in iOS 11. You can literally ask Siri about anything and thanks to advancement in AI, Siri now sounds more human and can change how it pronounces words in a given sentence. You can also ask Siri to directly translate words for you. You can speak to Siri in English and it will translate them for you either in Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Besides the audible improvements on Siri, it also comes with an improved user interface. Intelligently, it understands context and can provide suggestions based on your browsing habits, your frequently apps used or it will set appointments for you and sync itself with all your iOS devices to further improve itself.

New App Store

With iOS 11, Apple also revamp its built-in App Store and primarily separate apps in two categories : Apps and Games. With tabs for each category plus a new Today Tab which lists hot pick apps available in the App Store. The Games tab lists in-app purchases information below the description of each game you’ve downloaded. The Apps tab list all other apps available from the App Store that you might be interested in.

Apple Music + AirPlay 2

Apple Music becomes more socially inclined than just music. You can create your own profile and share your favorite playlists, albums and even the stations that you often listen to with your friends. having your profile also enables your friends to see what music, songs, albums or artists that you are interested in. Apple Music can also be controlled by third-party apps where compatible apps can either sync or even create a playlist for you.

AirPlay 2 enables you to further and easily control your connected home audio system. set the volume on each speaker from your room, living room or in the kitchen. It could also turn your Apple TV into a music player too through your iPhone. Cue songs and play them on one of your connected speakers or have your music play on all your speakers around the house.

Availability

These are just some of the features that we’ll be seeing when the new iOS 11 rolls out to this fall but today, developers can get a first hand look at iOS 11 by signing up at Apple Beta Program. The iOS 11 will be a free upgrade for all compatible iOS devices including: iPhone: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6 and iPhone 5s, iPads: 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation, 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3. iPad mini 2, iPods: iPod touch 6th generation.

Christian Jay Magowan A Medtech by Profession and a big fan of gadgets and whatever technology has for the world. I scour for anything technology and science to provide you with what's hot in this side of space.