Apple Unveils iOS 11 with Powerful New Features for iPhone and iPad

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In addition to an all-new App Store on iOS, Apple also previewed the upcoming iOS 11 today during the WWDC 2017 keynote, with tons of powerful new features for iPhone and iPad, including a new Files app, advanced multitasking features for the iPad and Apple Pay in messages. Additional features include, Do Not Disturb while driving to help users stay more focused on the road, a new voice for Siri and new capabilities in Camera and Photos app.

“With iOS 11, we’re delivering the biggest AR platform in the world, and it’s available today for developers to begin building AR experiences using ARKit for hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “iOS 11 gives iPad users the powerful app functionality they need to take advantage of everything iPad is capable of, and brings hundreds of new features and incredible updates to the iOS apps iPhone and iPad users enjoy every day.”

Below is a brief run down of what’s new in iOS 11:

Apple Pay in Messages

Apple Pay users in the US will be able to make and receive payments with friends and family quickly, easily and securely. They can send money and get paid right in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they already have in Wallet.

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When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash account. They can use the money instantly to send to someone, make purchases using Apple Pay in stores, apps and on the web, or transfer it from Apple Pay Cash to their bank account.

Do Not Disturb While Driving

iOS 11 introduces a new way to help drivers stay more focused on the road with Do Not Disturb while driving. iPhone can detect when you may be driving and automatically silence notifications to keep the screen dark. Users have the option of sending an auto reply to contacts listed in Favourites to let them know they are driving and cannot respond until they arrive at their destination.

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Professional Camera & Photos Features 

With iOS 11, Portrait Mode images can be taken with optical image stabilization, True Tone flash and HDR, so every shot looks even more professional. Live Photos are more expressive with new Loop and Bounce effects that create continuous video loops, while Long Exposure can capture time and movement.

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In Photos, Memory movies are optimized to play in both portrait and landscape orientation, and more memories, such as photos of pets or birthdays, are automatically created. With iOS 11, Apple introduces a new technology called High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) that reduces the file size of every photo taken with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

All-New Control Center

Apple has also redesigned the Control Center in iOS 11, which is the panel that users can swipe up to access frequent and important settings or change songs when listening to music.

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AR Experiences for iPhone & iPad

Apple is introducing a new platform for developers to help them bring high-quality AR experiences to iPhone and iPad using the built-in camera, powerful processors and motion sensors in iOS devices. ARKit allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed and compelling virtual content 

Siri is Even More Useful & More Natural

Siri in iOS 11 gets new male and female voices are more natural and expressive, adjusting intonation, pitch, emphasis and tempo while speaking, and can translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish. Siri now extends beyond voice, using on-device learning to deliver more personal experiences and offers suggestions based on personal usage of Safari, Mail, Messages and more

iPad Becomes Even More Powerful 

iOS 11 makes multitasking on iPad even more powerful with a new customizable Dock that provides quick access to frequently used apps and documents from any screen, and a redesigned app switcher makes it easier to move between pairs of active apps, used in Split View and now Slide Over.

Apple Pencil is more deeply integrated into iPad with support for inline drawing and a new Instant Notes feature opens Notes from the Lock Screen by simply tapping Apple Pencil on the display.

New Files App

The new Files app keeps everything in one place, whether files are stored locally, in iCloud Drive or across other providers like Box, Dropbox and more, and with Drag and Drop available across the system, moving images and text is easier than ever.

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Other new features in iOS 11 include a redesigned App Store drawer for iMessage apps, ndoor maps for major airports and shopping centres around the world in Apple Maps, new ways to discover music with friends in Apple Music, one-handed keyboard mode on iPhone and much more.

The developer preview of iOS 11 is available to iOS Developer Program members at developer.apple.com starting today, and a public beta program will be available to iOS users later this month at beta.apple.com. It is compatible with iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod touch 6th generation.

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  • sarge

    Incredibly disappointing. Still have to use iTunes for Ringtones etc, we basically got a new App Store, a new iTunes icon and a better control center.

  • Olley

    that new control centre is UGLY as FACK… must be an android user that designed it.

  • Nilay

    Biggest upset is no change to home screen.

  • Kamran

    Is Apple Pay in iMessage available for Canada too?

  • sarge

    Confirmed USA only

  • Ned K.

    I don’t think so. Even Apple Map is horrible in Canada comparing to Google Maps.

  • Ned K.

    I can now see how Apple is falling after Jobs’s death. No change in horrible UI, still absolutely no customization, and there is absolutely no appeal of new iPad Pro 10.5 to general public. It’s really for Arts ppl with the stupid pen.

    The most disappointing WWDC in history. Bye, Apple. Buried with Jobs.

  • FragilityG4

    How would it be different with Jobs? Jobs refused to make a screen size bigger than 3.5″ for many years. Jobs didn’t want iPods on Windows. Jobs thought MobileMe was the future.

    Jobs was a brilliant man, but he was still a man. Apple had fired him once before… he wasn’t without faults as you are depicting him to be.

    Apple under Cook has proven to be more than successful. Apple is richer than all their competitors, most likely combined, and they keep growing.

  • FragilityG4

    You were expecting them to say “we don’t want to make anymore money on ringtones so you can now use YouTube for ringtones?”

    With all due respect, your comment could be one of the most illogical post of disappointment I have ever read.

  • sarge

    Like every other phone out there…Why should I be forced to use iTunes to load my media? Illogical post of disappointment because I was hoping they would remove a restriction? That’s being a bit dramatic

  • Kamran

    🙁

  • FragilityG4

    They have a vested interest in music/ringtones. Why would they want to lose money? Android isn’t vested at all.

  • hlna55

    A FILE EXPLORER…. wow. Top class