Today morning at the Apple WWDC 2017, the Cupertino based giant announced the launch of a iOS 11. The new iOS upgrade brings in a range of interesting features to iOS powered devices. This is by far the largest iOS upgrade for iPad machines ever.
Some of the key mentions that were announced with the launch of iOS are discussed here: ApplePay, ARKit that brings in a powerful augmented reality platform with iOS, DND mode while driving, improved Apple Pencil integration on the iPad, Files app to make file management easier on the iOS, improved Siri, improved photography experience on the iPhone devices and redesigned App Store.
Apple Pay for person to person payments in the US
Apple is launching Apple Pay for person to person payments in the US this fall. Apple Pay is a person to person payments system that integrates deeply within iMessage and will be accessible via Siri commands too. This will be powered by Apple Pay Cash.
Apple Pay Cash will be available in the US on iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and later, iPad Pro, iPad 5th generation, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. This is a free service and will enable users to send and request money between friends, family or other iMessage users.
ARKit with powered augmented reality platform for iOS
Apple wants developers to take advantage of the AR platform built by them and wants to innovate AR experiences on the iPhone and iPad devices.
With iOS 11, we’re delivering the biggest AR platform in the world, and it’s available today for developers to begin building AR experiences using ARKit for hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users. - Craig Federighi, Apple.
ARKit will be available for developers and will allow them to build catchy, interactive gaming experiences, immersive shopping experience and industrial design among many other creative choices.
DND mode while driving
Users can now enable Do Not Disturb mode while driving. Apple wants users to stay off notifications and alerts while they are on the road, and can now sense their status and act accordingly. If you are driving, iOS 11 will automatically mute all your alerts and notifications, helping you stay safe while on the road.
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Users have the option of sending an auto reply to contacts listed in Favorites to let them know they are driving and cannot respond until they arrive at their destination.
Improved Apple Pencil integration on the iPad
One of the most exciting announcements with the iOS 11 is the improved Apple Pencil integration on the new iPad devices. iOS 11 features deeper integration with Apple Pencil with Instant Markup, inline drawing and more.
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Apple Pencil now boasts of a 20ms latency, a far more impressive feat when compared to the pencil touch on the Microsoft Surface devices. This will possibly enable users to experience a more fluid Apple Pencil experience. Apple Pencil is more deeply integrated into iPad with support for inline drawing and a new Instant Notes feature opens Notes from the Lock Screen by simply tapping Apple Pencil on the display.
Files app on the iOS devices to make file management more easier
_Well, this leaked on the App Store before the official announcement though as a placeholder listing. Bummer. _Anyway, Apple is finally making files management easier for users with the launch of a new app in Files. It is not available as of yet and will be available with iOS 11 during the launch in fall.
Files will help you manage all your documents, multimedia and pretty much every other files on the iOS devices with ease. It will integrate with your Box or Dropbox accounts too and help you manage your cloud files on the go.
Siri has been Apple’s most powerful bet for long. With iOS 11, Apple is taking Siri one notch further and is making Siri even more powerful with new features and new voices. It is being used across 36 countries with over 375M users using Siri every month.
Siri can now translate from English to Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish. It can now learn from your usage and offer suggestions as and when it might be needed.
Siri’s getting huge voice makeover with the advancements in natural learning. It can now offer the same sentences in multiple tones. Like Apple demoed it, Siri can say _Sunny, sunny, sunny - _all three in three different tones. Quite impressive.
Improved photography experience
Photography is getting a push too with iOS 11. Apple Photos will now feature enhancements of sorts on the app. With iOS 11, give a professional touch to the photos you take - Portrait Mode images can be taken with optical image stabilization, True Tone flash and HDR.
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Apple also announced the launch of HEIF - High Efficiency Image File format - that will considerally lower the file size for photos. A 4K video can now go down to 170MB per minute from 340MB per minute.
App Store’s getting a redesign too
Another fundamental announcement with the iOS 11 is the redesign that Apple Store is getting. App Store launched 9 years back and has millions of apps. App Store will now offered must-read stories, expert recommendations, carefully crafted lists and helpful how-tos for users to have a beautiful experience.
Apple wants to explore new ways for users to find apps, and this is now possible the redesigned App Store. This will be available for users starting this fall.