On Monday, Apple hosted the first day of its keynote event at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 in San Jose, California. The event went on for over two hours and top executives from the company, including CEO Tim Cook, spoke at length about all the new things which Apple has been working on. From MacOS to iOS 11 to other hardware updates, the Cupertino giant made a slew of announcements at the WWDC 2017. But, given the duration and the number of launches, it was not possible for the company to speak about each and every feature. Also, there was a need for Apple to showcase its focus on AR and machine learning, which appears to be the new direction the company is moving to. So, interestingly, at one point during the event, Apple SVP Craig Federighi threw in a lot of new iOS 11 features on the screen. There are many key features which Apple did not talk about at the event, including 3D tab switching for Safari browser and providing flight status, which will help Siri compete with the Google Assistant. Here is a list of top 5 such features.
While QR code is not famous in countries like the US, it is being widely used on many other nations. Apple, since it is no longer just a US company, has decided that it cannot just ignore this feature on the iPhones and iPads. The Cupertino major has finally added QR code support to the iOS 11 as probably a native camera application. So, you will now be free of the bother to download third-party apps every year when you need to scan a QR code.
Type to Siri
From Siri to Cortana to Google Assistant, voice-based digital assistants can help us in various aspects in today’s world, but at times it can be a burden to use. So, if a company takes effort in making the interaction with the virtual assistants easier, it is always a welcome move. Apple users and fans have long been demanding this feature on Siri, where they will be able to type to Siri in iOS 11. So, if you are a socially awkward person who cannot talk to a virtual assistant everywhere you go, you might as well type it.
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Apple had enabled developers to provide third-party keyboards with the erstwhile iOS 8. From that time, the company has been adding hugely popular features to its iMessage application. The latest one to arrive in the iOS 11 is the one-hand mode. We have no other information on how the new feature works, but according to other rival smartphones, users will be enabled to get the keyboard to their preferred side (as a box or an arc). Additionally, Apple has also mentioned ‘one-hand zoom in Maps’, which is an interesting addition to Apple’s mapping service.
The Cupertino giant has decided to completely revamp the full App Store in iOS 11. This means that an overhaul of the Podcasts app was in the pipeline. Podcasts app in Apple is a major feature with massive possibilities if Apple has finally got it right.
After rival companies like Samsung decided to allow screen recording as well as GIF creation on its Galaxy devices, even Apple seems keen on introducing that functionality in iOS 11. We hope that the company will let users capture and create GIFs, as well.