iOS 11 was released on September 19, 2017. Apple announced a number of new features and modifications at WWDC 2017 this year . Improvements to Messages and Apple Pay via multitasking and file management on the iPad, here are the best new features.
iMessage applications are easier to access and messages are synchronized between devices
The Messages application has a redesigned application drawer to make applications and stickers iMessage easier to discover and use. These apps were added in iOS 10, but were hidden behind a button, which was pretty boring. The new provision makes things much more accessible.
Your messages will now be stored in iCloud as well. All your conversations will be synced between your devices when you sign in with your iCloud account. This way you can delete a message on a device and it disappears everywhere. The messages remain encrypted end-to-end, even when they are stored in the cloud.
This also allows Apple to optimize the storage of devices. Because your messages are stored in the cloud, they should not all remain on your device. This means more free space and smaller and faster backups.
Pay your friends on iMessage with Apple Pay
Apple Pay will now allow person-to-person payments. It is integrated directly into Messages as an iMessage application, making it easier to send money while chatting. The money you receive goes into your Apple Pay payment card and you can send it to someone else, make a purchase with Apple Pay or transfer it to your bank account. You will need to authenticate with Touch ID before sending money, such as when you make purchases.
It will even try to detect when you want to use it. If you receive a message in iMessages stating that you owe money, for example, the keypad will automatically offer Apple Pay as an option and will automatically fill in the amount of money.
Finally, 50% of US retailers will accept Apply Pay in the US by the end of 2017, according to Apple.
Siri gets a more natural voice and other improvements
Siri's voice is being improved: Apple has used "deep learning" to create a more "natural and expressive" voice. Siri has a voice both male and female, and he can even say the same word in different ways for a more realistic conversation experience.
The virtual assistant of Apple also gains integrated translation functions. Siri will speak the translation aloud for you, so you know exactly how to pronounce it. It will support the translation from English to Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
In addition to suggesting applications, and when you should leave for a work based on the traffic, Siri will use on-device learning to better understand the topics that interest you. Siri can suggest news topics that may be of interest to you, respond more easily to your position in messages, or create calendar events after booking hotel reservations in Safari on the Web, for example. example. The keyboard will learn the words you could use depending on what you read. All of this is done on your device, not in the cloud.
Finally, developers can now take advantage of SiriKit to integrate Siri with other types of applications, from task management to bank notes. I hope Siri will be able to do more as developers get on board.
Camera improvements mean that videos and photos take up less space
iOS 11 will use HEVC video encoding, which means that the videos you capture are up to two times smaller in storage size. Apple also shoots JPEG to HEIF snapshots for compression up to twice as much, so the photos you take on your device use up to half as much space. You can still share these photos with people on other devices.
Enhanced Memories and Live Photos
The Memories feature of the Photos application can now use automatic learning to identify activities such as birthdays, memories of your children, your pets or sporting events. It uses computer vision to identify photos and automatically choose the best videos and photos. It can also work in portrait or landscape mode, so you can view the image format you prefer.
There are also improvements for live photos. You can now edit live photos more easily, crop them, and mark any frame of the photo as the "key photo" of the live photo. It can also turn a live photo into a perfect loop using computer vision technology.
The control center consolidates to a single unified 3D touch page
The Control Center that appears when you slide your finger from the bottom of the screen has been redesigned. This is now a single page that includes all the features – you do not need to swipe left and right to use them (which is sure to be less confusing for many people) .
In addition, you can now touch an option in 3D to access more controls. For example, you can touch the 3D music control to see more information and playback controls.
The control center is also customizable. You can choose the controls that appear in Settings> Control Center> Customize Controls, and you can also rearrange the order of the controls in the pane.
If you do not want the Control Center to appear when you slide your finger from the bottom of the screen in applications, you can now disable this feature. The Control Center will still be available if you slide your finger from the bottom of the home screen.
The lock screen and notification center were combined
The lock screen and notification center are now the same screen. When you slide your finger from the top of the screen, all the notifications appear. You can always swipe to the left to access your widgets or access your camera.
Apple Maps improves navigation and adds interior maps
Apple Maps improves navigation once again. Apple Maps will display the speed limit and guide you in the appropriate way during navigation.
In addition, Maps obtains interior maps of malls and airports, with directories and a search function. Apple starts with many malls and airports, but will add more over time.
Do not disturb will automatically activate while driving
iOS 11 includes a new "Do not disturb while driving" feature that uses Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to determine if you're driving. It will automatically hide your notifications if you are (although you can tell the iPhone that you are not driving if you want the notifications to display).
The Messages app can even automatically automatically reply to people who send you messages, stating that you are driving and that you can not respond immediately. They can send you a text message saying that it is urgent that they need to answer you as soon as possible.
AirPlay 2 is part of HomeKit and brings multi-room audio
HomeKit now supports speakers, allowing you to set up and control your speakers at the same time as your other devices. Apple has a new AirPlay 2 protocol that also allows multi-room audio. You can finally listen to music on different speakers throughout the house from iOS apps – no need for iTunes on the desktop.
You can now play audio on your Apple TV from your iOS device or Mac, allowing speakers connected to your media center to become AirPlay speakers.
Apple Music gets some social improvements
Apple Music will now show you what your friends are listening to, so you can more easily discover new music that you might want to listen to. You can create a profile, make it public or private, and follow people with the same taste.
Developers will have a MusicKit for Apple Music API that they can use to access Apple Music. For example, Shazam can automatically add songs that it identifies to your Apple Music collection, and DJ apps can give access to the entire Apple Music library.
The App Store has been redesigned
The App Store is completely redesigned to facilitate the discovery of new applications and new games. Launch it and you will see a new tab "Today" that offers a better discovery of the application. Every day there is a new application of the day and game of the day, and you can also see how-to guides with information about the apps you already use in the Today tab. You can also scroll down to see past information from previous days.
At the bottom of the page, you will see that applications are now sorted in "Games" and "Apps", which allows you to easily browse games or applications that are not games.
Apple has improved many basic iOS technologies
Parallel to the enhancement of the Metal 2 graphics API and HEVC video encoding technology, iOS will acquire automatic learning and augmented reality features on which the developers will be able to support it.
iOS also facilitates machine learning for developers with Core ML. There is a vision API that gives developers an easier way to recognize faces and landmarks, for example. There is also a natural language API for understanding the text. Again, all this is happening on the device, not in the cloud.
Augmented Reality (AR) features will be easier for developers to use. ARKit will make it easier for developers to make augmented reality features in their apps – Pokemon Go used AR to show Pokemon superimposed on a real-world video, for example. Apple showed an improved Pokémon Go application that showed that Pokéballs was bouncing more realistically on the ground.
Apple also introduced a development application that allowed you to add virtual objects to a table. The application used surface detection to place the objects. Apple says it will make iPhones and iPads "the biggest AR platform in the world" overnight.
The iPad gets new multitasking features
There are many new features in iOS 11 that make iPads more powerful. The dock at the bottom of the screen can hold a lot more apps, and you can now drag up from the bottom of the screen in any application to more easily pass D & D One application to the other. You can drag an application icon from the dock and position it on your screen to easily start multitasking. There is also a new application selector.
iPads will now support drag-and-drop for text, images, and application links. You can select multiple things and drag them too. You can drag the multitasking interface or drag the content from the dock.
In addition, the iPad's keyboard allows you to flick the keys to access punctuation and numbers, which speeds up typing.
A file management application finally comes to the iPad (and iPhone)
There is a new iPad and iPhone Files application that supports nested folders, list view, bookmarks, search, tags, and recent files. It supports not only iCloud, but also third-party storage providers such as Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive. When you search for or view recent files, all your files are displayed in the same place. A new "Save in Files" replaces the old "Add to iCloud Player" option in the quick action menu.
You can also drag and drop file attachments to the Files application to save them as well. You can also press and hold the Files application on the Dock, then drag and drop files from the Files application into another application.
Apple however has not forgotten iCloud. You can now use iCloud sharing to share any file found in your iCloud file storage with someone else. Previously, you could do this with documents in applications such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Apple also offers 2TB of iCloud space for $ 10 per month (up from the old 1TB), and a new family sharing feature that lets you share the plan space 2TB or 200GB with other members of your iCloud family.
The iPad Gets More Tagging Features for the Apple Pencil
Apple offers more markup capabilities on iOS 11, making the Apple Pencil more useful. When you take a screen shot, you can tap a thumbnail that shows up and use an Apple pencil to mark and draw on those screenshots. Anything you annotate can be saved as a PDF. You can also draw emails.
The Markup feature is integrated at a fairly deep level. For example, you can open a sharing sheet on a web page and convert it to a PDF for marking. You do not even need an apple pencil to use the markup functions – you can use your finger, but it's much better with a pencil.
Your handwritten text is now searchable, thanks to machine learning that detects what you are writing, allowing you to find handwritten notes with Spotlight search.
Notes now includes an integrated document scanner that can scan paper notes. You can then mark them with your pencil, so it's a convenient way to digitally fill in paper forms. You can even draw in the notes you type in Apple Note.
Many more features
Apple also mentioned some features targeting users in China, including a built-in QR code reader app in the main Camera app and built-in lock screen. This feature should be useful for anyone who has ever needed scan a QR code .
There are many other features that Apple has not mentioned in its presentation, however. The slide above reveals that it will contain a one-handed keyboard, information on flight status in Spotlight, a 3D key to change tab in Safari, and much more. Many of these features are only smaller improvements, but here are some of the most interesting features we discovered in the beta:
App Offloading to Free Space : If you enable Settings> iTunes & App Store> Offload Unused Apps, your iPhone or iPad will automatically "unload" applications that you do not use not frequently to free up space. necessary. The documents and data remain on your iPhone or iPad, and the app's icon is dimmed on your home screen. Touch it and your device will automatically download the application.
Simple Wi-Fi Sharing : If an iPhone or iPad running iOS 11 tries to join your home Wi-Fi network, a prompt asks if you want to share your Wi-Fi on your own iOS system. device. Press "Send Password" to allow this unit to access your Wi-Fi network without having to give it your password and enter it.
More control over access to location : When you provide an app with access to your location, you can select "Only while using the app" "," Always allow "or" Do not allow "for any application. Previously, some applications, like Uber, did not provide the "Only using the application" option and required you to always allow access to the site. A blue bar displaying "[App] Use Your Location" appears at the top of your screen whenever an application in the background uses your location, which makes use of this background much more obvious .
A smaller volume indicator : When you adjust the volume, you will see a smaller volume indicator in the upper right corner of the screen. Previously, a large volume indicator appeared in the center of your screen, covering videos that might show up.
Auto-copy passwords for apps : When connecting to apps, iOS 11 now offers passwords in your iCloud keyring to make it easier to enter passwords. However, this feature does not work with third-party password managers such as 1Password and LastPass.
A redesigned podcast application : Apple has redesigned the Podcasts application in iOS 11 with a new interface and support for seasons in podcasts. "Podcast Analytics" will provide information on what listeners listen to, how much they listen, and when they stop listening to a podcast to creators.
Screen recording without Mac : You can now save the screen of your iPhone or iPad without plugging it into a Mac first. The new Control Center allows you to add a screen recording button so you can start saving quickly from anywhere on your phone.
End of support for 32-bit applications : On iOS 10, launching a 32-bit application displays a message "This application will not work with future versions of iOS. The developer of this application must update it to improve its compatibility. "On iOS 11, these applications will not be launched at all.
Health Data Synchronization via iCloud : Data stored in Health App will now be synchronized between your devices using iCloud. Previously, you had to create an encrypted iTunes backup and restore it because there was no way to synchronize health data online. Your health data can now track you on devices such as your other data.
Control which Wi-Fi networks your device automatically joins : It is now possible to choose the Wi-Fi networks to which your device automatically connects. Go to Settings> Wi-Fi, tap a Wi-Fi network, and you can enable or disable auto-login for each network.
Applications will not harass you as much for classifications : iOS 11 requires that app developers use the new Apple API to request a rating. You will not see constant requests to rate an app while you're using it, as developers can only apply three times a year. You can also choose to disable these prompts and you will never see an evaluation request again.
Surely there are even more small things that appear or change as iOS 11 gets closer to the release, and we'll be sure to update this post when that happens.