1. WWDC 2017: Apple unveils iOS 11; top 5 new features for your iPhones and iPad

WWDC 2017: Apple unveils iOS 11; top 5 new features for your iPhones and iPad

Apple CEO Tim Cook has just announced the iOS 11 at the WWDC 2017. The company, at the Worldwide Developers Conference, has announced a big update to the operating system which runs on a huge number of iPhones and iPads.

By: | Published: June 6, 2017 12:41 AM
The launch of iOS 11 was the least surprising thing at WWDC, as Apple has been unveiling new versions of its mobile operating system at the developer conference for many years now. (Reuters)

Apple CEO Tim Cook has just announced the iOS 11 at the WWDC 2017. The company, at the Worldwide Developers Conference, has announced a big update to the operating system which runs on a huge number of iPhones and iPads. With an aim to upgrade its core technologies, Apple has unveiled numerous features for the iOS 11. The first feature introduced by Apple was synchronised messages between iOS and macOS. Following the digital payments’ success, Apple Pay has expanded the person-to-person payments, which has positioned Apple among various such services.

The launch of iOS 11 was the least surprising thing at WWDC, as Apple has been unveiling new versions of its mobile operating system at the developer conference for many years now. While the final version of the new operating system will not be available until September this year, most of its features have been demo’d at the event. At the WWDC 2017, Tim Cook started by saying that iOS 10 is installed on 86 percent of iOS devices. Craig Federighi then introduced us to iOS 11’s new features. While Siri is one of the big new updates in iOS 11, here is a look at the top 5 features announced in the latest iOS.

SIRI
Apple has made a few interesting changes in Siri. The virtual assistant’s voice will now sound more natural. Also, Siri can now perform translations in various languages like English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish. According to a new ‘intelligence’ feature, Siri has been enabled to make suggestions which might be of interest to its particular users, like a news article on the internet. The assistant will be more predictive about its next steps. Apple has described it as ‘on-device learning’, which can sync with your system and yet remain ‘private’.

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Driving guidance
Apple in its OS 11 has also added new improvements to Maps which can be used while driving in a car. Lane guidance and speed limits should help the users to navigate the unknown road. Additionally, there will be a new Do Not Disturb While Driving, which can help commuters to avoid possible distractions when your eyes should be focused on the road., There are options for ‘urgent’ cases too.

Control Center
The control centre has completely been revamped with a totally new look its the interface which you use to access frequent settings.

Airplay 2, Homekit 2 and Multiroom Audio
Apple’s Craig Federighi said on the WWDC stage that iOS 11 will be introducing support for multi-room audio between iPhones, iPads, and a slew of third-party speakers. Apple had introduced the new Home app for controlling HomeKit-compatible smart home gadgets when it launched the iOS 10. The company had begun to work for opening Siri to software developers during the iOS 10 launch.

Indoor maps at Airports and malls
Apple Maps has introduced indoor maps for airports and shopping centres in a few cities. Mall layouts will be available for the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Jose, Tokyo, and Washington DC.

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