Official iOS 11 Features, Release Date And More Announced: Here’s Everything

All waiting for Apple’s iOS 11 features, release and more details have been announced today. Here is everything you need to know about Apple’s latest and greatest mobile firmware for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices Shard iOS 11 compatibility, ability and pure functionality in a brief and clean specs sheet.

While the majority of focus may have been placed firmly on Apple’s next-generation iPhone – dubbed iPhone 8. But nevertheless, the Cupertino-based company has used its WWDC 2017 developer conference, to shortly shift its focus onto the next-new platform which will power that device, iOS 11. Finally, CEO Tim Cook and his team has introduced iOS 11, including diving into details about its feature additions and public availability.

iPhone 8 has not been announced at this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference, which was the main topic everyone is talking about, rather that device wouldn’t be capable of standing ahead of the smartphone pack without a highly powerful and advanced operating system powering it. iOS 11 is that OS, and we have a preview on that knowing what is going to be offered to the public later this year. Check out the complete details below.

Features – Highlights

– Improved iPad multi-tasking

Now that there’s a customizable Dock which pins your frequently accessed apps and documents for quicker and easier access no matter where you are on the iPad screen. Gets with it a redesigned App Switcher “making it easier to move between pairs of active apps, used in Split View and now Slide Over.” Moreover, now that the Drag and Drop system is available across the entire iPad experience, though, you can easily copy text and pictures across to documents, folders, and much more.

– Files app for iPad

The new Files app brings all your files, whether stored in iCloud, Dropbox, Box etc, right under one roof.

– P2P Apple Pay payments with iMessage

Apple has finally integrated peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments directly into an iMessage app with Apple Pay Cash. The much anticipated one follows after a bunch of rumors. iOS 11 now includes a revamped Control Center with deep 3D Touch support, the ability to transfer money directly to friends with Apple Pay. “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. When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash account.” The Pay Cash account can then be used to make payments to others, or even be used to buy stuff as you would normally do with your Apple Pay account.

– Apple Pencil shortcuts

iOS 11 puts a bigger focus on apps and stickers, featuring a revamped app Touch integration of things like controlling your music and accessing shortcuts. Now, iOS 11 adds in a few neat looking Apple Pencil tricks, which brings in something more for Pencil users, with a light tap of the Pencil on the locked display of the iPad invoking the Notes app. Apple calls it Instant Notes. The App Pencil can now also be used for inline drawing.

– Scan and Sign with Notes app

With iOS 11, new features and capabilities bring iPad to life like never before ever. Users can now open a second app right from the Dock, and both apps remain active in. The new Document Scanner in Notes automatically senses and scans a document, allowing you to simply sign the document and print it out. The Notes app gains a new Scan and Sign feature which scans and makes an automatically trims documents out the sides and glare.

– Messages iCloud sync

Apple brings iMessages to iCloud this time, will soon bring updates to Siri, iMessages as well. Messages will now sync more seamlessly across all devices in a faster way, with messages stored and synced across devices over iCloud. All your messages will also be automatically synced over iCloud to optimize storage on each of your iOS device. Apple has instantly started talking about iOS 11 with some wonderful Messages app changes. Finally, after offering Messages across multiple devices, those conversations will now have iCloud syncing support so there’s now continuity between machines and devices.

– Redesigned iMessage app drawer

Messages, the most frequently used stock app, iMessages gets a revamped app drawer now. It’s also be much easier now to access Sticker Packs and iMessages apps from the bottom of the interface rather than having it hidden away.

– Siri gets machine learning and translation feature

Apple previewed iOS 11 today, bringing new experiences and more. As one or many expected, there’s also a big change coming to Siri in iOS 11. Machine learning appears to be the Apple buzz phrase of the day. CoreML gives developers on-device machine learning capabilities and that is evident in the new iOS 11 changes, Siri can now follow conversations and questions rather than offering single replies. Capabilities inside Siri now adds more and more international languages, it can translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish. A stunning new translation feature built directly into Siri with support for those languages are excellent. Though this particular feature is in beta for now, the underlying thing here is that Siri is a lot more intelligent, and is of course capable of learning on the fly to make better improvements, provide more contextual answers to questions, and is even synced across multiple devices. As an example, it can eventually offer word suggestions when you’re typing in context to any webpage of Apple News content you may have been reading. Slick!

What’s less impressive is, but a bit important, the new natural and expressive tone of both the female and male Siri voices.

– Improved Camera and Photos apps

While the iOS 11’s Photos app uses AI to make your shots better than ever. Apple promises iOS 11 to be a big upgrade for sutterbugs. It’s improving both the Camera and Photos app to take some of the headaches. Changes have been made in iOS 11 camera. “Portrait Mode images can be taken with optical image stabilization, True Tone flash and HDR”. The Photos App inside iOS 11 running iPhone will also be able to create memory movies based around memories. As iPad’s camera apps will be getting new photography filters under iOS 11.

There are significant enhancements to how photos are captured and stored with better compression techniques. The overall image quality is being improved with iOS 11, new HEVC video encoding decreases the file size of a 4K video. Similarly a newly introduced HEIF system decreases the file size of every photo taken with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

More intelligently, there’s also location tracking on photographs. Some wonderful and emotive changes to Memories in the Photos app. Live Photos now allow you to customize (trim) the clip and even set a particular frame as the key photo, or you can set a loop as well from the photo. More there to speak about, later on.

– QuickType one-handed keyboard

In this matter, iOS 11 makes typing much easier with new one-handed keyboard on the iPhone in iOS 11, making it happen on larger handsets by the way. Remember that one-handed keyboard was otherwise discovered in a beta version of iOS 10 a few months ago, then, it now with iOS 11 and Apple calling it QuickType. “Simply touch and hold the emoji key, select one-handed typing, and the keys will instantly move closer to your thumb.” On the go even easier and a new QuickType keyboard on iPad delivers quick access to numbers, alphabets etc.

– Major Control Center and Notification Center redesign

In iOS 11, Notifications and the Lock Screen are getting streamlined as well. The new and improved Control Center is now a tall widget-styled page which looks close to a remote control with all controls shown on one single page. You can use 3D Touch on the settings to access more detailed settings. The iOS lock screen and Notification Center aforementioned have also become one single entity with intelligent rich notifications.

– Apple Maps get indoor mapping, and lane guidance and speed limit

Apple by the way this time added indoor mapping and notification blocking to iOS 11. If you aren’t actually driving for instance, you can simply exit this mode. Apple also introduced indoor mapping to Apple Maps today. A new upgrade with indoor mapping support for major malls and airports with only intention to continually build out and support more locations over time. And it doesn’t originally stop there, when navigating the app will also alert you to lane changes, and the speed limits.

– DnD while driving with CarPlay

CarPlay is getting an important safety feature in iOS 11. Do Not Disturb mode while driving, which will block unnecessary notifications to your iPhone when it’s connected via Bluetooth to a vehicle. With DnD mode in CarPlay to prevent notifications from disturbing you whilst driving and keeping the screen of the device off. You can customize the latest feature to allow certain contacts to be able to get through to you even with the feature active.

“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 Favorites to let them know they are driving and cannot respond until they arrive at their destination.”

To say more, when you’re driving, Messages will auto-reply with a specific text message to those trying to reach you that you currently unable to reply to their text. Users who are passengers will be able to tell iOS 11 and grant full notification access to their iPhone.

– HomeKit + AirPlay 2

Apple announces AirPlay 2, brings speaker support to HomeKit. Apple’s AirPlay 2 is the sequel to its original wireless audio streaming kit, this could open up system-level iOS support, amazingly. There are also improvements to the relatively new Home app with a new Speakers functionality that’s being integrated with a number of known speaker manufacturers.

With the new AirPlay 2 feature you can have multi-room audio control over smart wireless speakers. Even better Apple TV owners can set up the device as a central hub for all speakers connected to it.

– Apple Music social sharing

Showed off new social features that will arrive in iOS 11, Apple Music will let you share what you’re listening to with your friends. The iOS update will allow users to create profiles and share music without some atrention being paid to Apple Music. A new friends integration to see what friends are listening to, and the ability to have Shazam automatically add songs to an Apple Music playlist. That is not all though, there’s new MusicKit framework for developers to give full access to the Apple Music experience.

Apple Music is gaining a new MusicKit SDK for developers that includes new social features for sharing what you are listening.

– Redesigned App Store

iOS 11 announced now, will see a complete overhaul to the App Store on iPhone and iPad, with a new design that looks visually similar to Apple Music’s iOS app. It also a total revamp of the App Store, happened first time in the history. As said it now looks very much like the Apple Music app with its text and overview pages, it now features a new App of the Day, Game of the Day, and The Daily List sections along with all the other App Store features. In-app purchases also gets its own section so you don’t have to drill down into the app itself.

– Improvements for developers

Registered developer are now able to download iOS 11 beta from Apple’s Developer Program. This will likely appeal to developers more than the average user, but there are huge machine learning improvements built into iOS 11, as well as the new Metal 2 framework for powerful graphics rendering, and a new core technology called ARKit which as you may have already guessed, has everything to do with Augmented Reality. Apple says, that the “ARKit allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed and compelling virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more.”

Overall, some best and important changes within iOS 11 has been made to take it to the next level rather than reinventing and overhauling the platform.

Release Date

iOS 11 developer beta 1 is available to download starting today for those members at developer.apple.com. If you are on Apple Beta Software Program, you’ll get a chance to grab it somewhere this month. As is always the case, the final version of iOS 11 will be made available to public sometime framed this fall.