Technology giant Apple, as per tradition, announced the latest iPhone recently and soon followed it up with yet another iOS update. While the iPhone launches (iPhone 8, 8Plus and iPhone X) were not much of a surprise, the iOS 11 truly brings in some amazing new features. This also raises a question, whether Apple is moving more towards software upgrades than hardware innovations? The iPhone X though supremely high priced did not bring in any revolutionary new features, save the Face ID (but other companies had already got the technology). Meanwhile, the iOS 11 is probably one of the biggest overhauls by Apple in a long time. With new features for the interface, the company has finally addressed many issues which were plaguing one of the most popular gadgets of the decade.
Apple, with the iOS 11 update has finally given the iPad the recognition it deserves. iPad, hopefully, will no longer remain a dud device, despite its potential. Meanwhile, most of the new feature in the iPhone update is boring, yet it provides enough to give your device a new feel. When it comes to the iPad, Apple has now enabled users to essentially multitask with ease and made the device more productive. While multitasking is not a new thing in the iPad, but iOS 11 is a leap ahead. Similar to the macOS, iOS lets users to simply swipe up to access a dock of apps on the screen. Swipe once more and you get all the apps popping up. While the feature may look small on paper, it provides users to reach apps in the dock as well as other apps (suggested and recently used). It completely changes the way we use the iPad on a daily basis.
The multitasking window in the new iOS enables the user to open apps and remove them with a slide. It is smart enough to figure out which type of apps you want to group at a place. For example, if you are using Apple mail and word and want to open another app, you can easily come back to the previous two as they will still be together. However, there are some issues which remain in the iOS. For example, you cannot resize apps according to you, so you will not be able to watch a video as read your messages at the same time.
When it comes to design changes, Apple iOS 11 has brought bold and beautiful fonts and the overall look is as minimalist as it gets. This feature is same all around the OS. The appearance now gives iPhones and iPads a much cleaner look which looks ultra modern. This is especially helpful in the Control Center, though at times it feels a bit clustered. But more importantly, the three-paned grid layout is gone. It has been replaced by a bubble-shaped design. While users may take time to get used to this, the change is welcome when it comes to effectiveness.
When it comes to the App Store, reports had suggested a complete overhaul but that did not happen. However, the new design shows that the previous one was becoming quite old and it gives the device a new lease of life. While there are extra features like curated content, it will be early to say if they will hamper the entire usage. Interestingly there is no change in the iTunes, which makes it rather old now.
One of the biggest disappointments is the notifications window. There have been a few changes here and there but the issues have not been addressed. This is a feature which Apple really needs to work on, as when it comes to interface, users have complained the most about it.
When it comes to other smaller changes, SIRI sounds more human now (though there is no major update on its functionality), Photos being saved in HEIF (High-Efficiency Image File Format) instead of JPEG, a new File Manager, and ARKit. ARKit was one of the most highly anticipated updates in the iPhone and iOS. However, it fell a bit flat. Though, there may be more changes to the Augmented Reality feature once developers build more apps targeting this feature.
iOS was announced in the year 2007, and it created more ripples than the iPhone itself. The Apple iOS 11 reminds us of the same. Clearly, Apple has outdone itself by announcing better changes than the iPhone X itself.