Excited as the new iPhone X is here. Being the software that makes it once again apt and tick, let’s take a look at what you need to know about iOS 11. That includes upcoming version of Apple’s Smartphone and tablet OS.
So what are the devices that support iOS 11?
Here’re the following devices that are compatible with iOS 11:
- iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X
- iPad Mini 2, 3, and 4
- iPad Air, Air 2
- 5th-gen iPad
- All iPad Pro devices
- 6th-gen iPod Touch
iOS 11’s key new features
iOS 11 has an animated Emojis, new camera modes that are designed to leverage dual-lens versions of the iPhones with Face ID to replace or augment Touch ID. Let’s take a look at key features of iPad:
The iPad has now become even more like our favorite Mac
Apart from the new and enticing 10.5-inch and 12.5-inch iPad Pros, Apple has come up with variety of new enhancements to iOS 11 on iPad. And the most significant among these is the very new dock, which is very much similar in look & feel with the dock available on MacOS High Sierra.
Siri is everywhere
Everyone is very keen to know and how Apple can leverage AI as iOS 11 could showcases numerous enhancements to Apple’s digital assistant.
Harder for law enforcement officials to easily access data
The new security tweaks and enhancements have now made it harder for police and law enforcement officials to easily extract information without knowing the passcode of the device.
Siri’s voice has been enhanced, thus making it much more phenomenal and natural. Now it can say words in numerous ways. Siri will be using the right modulation exactly based on the reference and context of what it is actually saying.
Apple Pay to get more user-friendly
At Apple’s WWDC, Apple announced users could easily send money to individuals by using Apple Pay through iMessage.
However, unfortunately, the launch of this feature in iOS 11 has been delayed. According to Apple they will be releasing the feature this autumn as a future enhancements and update to iOS 11.
Redesigning of lots of apps and features
Apple has changed the look and feel of iOS 11 in various ways.
Now the Control Center is on just one screen, which allows user to use 3D Touch on very specific elements including music controls, in order to show more detailed and enhanced controls. However, it’s not clear how this is going to work on several devices especially for those devices that don’t support 3D Touch.
And the App Store redesigning includes the redesign of News and Music apps. Now it’s split into a few key tabs including Games, Apps, Today, and Updates.
You must be thinking what all “The Today tab” will include? Being updated daily that too with the different content, The Today Tab will include “App of the Day”, “Tips” for developers and publishers on how they can get their app featured among the popular apps and other crucial app news. User could keep scrolling down to check the featured apps of previous days.
Now your phone won’t bother you while driving
Apple has added a ‘Do Not Disturb while driving’ feature to its iOS 11. This feature stops alerts and notifications while driving. And if someone is sending a message while driving, then this feature will be enabled and user will be automatically sent a message that you can’t reply. Best part is mode will get activated automatically based on the user’s movement or as they get connected to a car stereo.
Maps have enticing enhancements as indoor maps could be there for a lot of international airports and for popular malls of the US.
Apple has added Sonos-style music features
This one is for users who are not satisfied with the launch of HomePod (the Siri-enabled wireless speaker). Now Apple has introduced various upgrades to its music ecosystem available in iOS 11.
Now speakers are added to HomeKit, thus allowing users to fully control compatible wireless speakers that are available from the Home app. However, HomeKit requires an extra hardware, so never expect your existing speakers to fully work with the Home app. Apple also launched the new AirPlay 2 protocol, which allows support and assistance for collaborative party playlists.
Even Music app has a lot of enhancements like user can know which shows music their friends are listening. Developers have improved and greater access to the Apple Music by using a new flawless MusicKit API.
Apple’s next big thing – Augmented reality (AR)
One of the key and biggest additions in iOS11 is the new ARKit API. It allows Apple developers to easily add augmented reality functionality and features to their mobile apps.