Earlier this year, Apple officially unveiled its latest iOS 11 firmware to the world. While most of the world’s focus is understandably on the iPhone X and iPhone 8 but these new devices are not the same without the powerful features of the new iOS 11 software for iPhone and iPad. Next generation of iOS software is the key to enjoying the new features of the latest iPhone devices. iOS 11 for iPad also brings some of the biggest changes in the working of the tablet device to date, including many new changes designed to make multitasking and productivity tasks more fun on Apple’s tablet. Without a quality software to complement smartphone or tablet, users can extract little joy out of performing routine tasks. Here is a list of best new iOS 11 features for iPhone and iPad as promised by Apple during WWDC and in iOS 11 beta updates.
iOS 11 Features:
Here are the features that Apple has introduced for the first time in its iOS 11, or any iOS version for that matter.
A new files app on the iPhone and iPad allows users to access all iOS files, no matter whether they are saved on the cloud or on the device, from one place. There is no need to open separate apps and hop through the firmware to access individual files because all files are located in the new Files app.
In iOS 11, Siri gets the biggest overhaul since its inception. It now runs on much improved machine learning language for fast data gathering to quickly respond to queries and intelligent search result aimed at individual user’s preferences. New Siri interacts with users in the form of questions and conversations rather than just a single reply. This helps it to bring up more accurate search results. Siri can now present results in multiple languages such as English, Chinese, Italian, French, German, and more. It also offers automatic suggestion when you type queries in the context of Apple News Content. Siri’s voice is also improved to resemble more natural human tone.
Completely Revamped Notification Center
The all-new Control Center in iOS 11 marks the most radical change in the design of the control function area since the iOS 7 all those years ago. New Control Center has a page full of widgets that provide quick access to the most used functions. 3D Touch can be used on the page settings to get details. The notification area acts more like a remote control from where you can perform the basic tasks quickly. The notification center and Lock screen now feature better intelligent notifications.
App Store iOS 11
The App Store looks completely different aesthetically in the new iOS 11. It is the biggest redesign of the App Store interface yet. The new UI has a certain appeal that makes it appear like the interface of Apple Music. In the new App Store, there are features like App of the Day, Daily List and Game of the Day, along with a dedicated section for in-app purchases.
Drag and Drop
This drag and drop feature is new to both iPhone and iPad. It comes with a new dock that is customizable for easy access to frequently used apps and documents. Drag and drop has been designed with the focus on providing better multitasking experience on iPad. App switch overhaul enables users to switch between app pairs using Slide Over and Split View. Drag and drop works across the whole of the iPad that allows for easier copy and paste across apps.
Improved Photo & Camera App
Apple iPhone camera has always been ranked among the best on smartphones. New new camera app has been developed further to get the best out of the device camera. iOS 11 brings new optical image stabilization for portrait mode photos. New HDR and True Tone flash are welcome additions. Better compression allows saving 4K videos and HD photos in less space on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Other interesting changes include trimming and settings frames, tweaked Memories and Live Photos features, better location tracking, and lots more.
Messages App Drawer
Sticker packs and iMessage app are accessible from the bottom of the interface.
iCloud Syncing for Messages
Conversation through iMessage app gets automatically synced across devices when the iCloud sync for messages feature is enabled by user. This provides continuity and convenience to keep the conversation going from where you left on a different device.
The Apple Pencil gets improved functionality. On iPad, a tap of the pencil on the lock screen takes you directly to the Notes app. Updated Pencil feature now supports more apps than ever before. It can be used for inline drawing, allow Markup to be used on screenshots, in Safari browser, and many other useful functions.
Do Not Disturb feature now supports CarPlay, which disables notifications while you are driving. It keeps the screen off so that drivers are not disturbed by notifications. Any attempt to turn this on whilst in DnD mode will be met with a warning message to dissuade you. However, you can customize DnD to keep receiving notifications from the most important contacts.
Finally, P2P payments are integrated in iMessage app and Apple Pay Cash. Siri can be used to make payments using the details stored in Wallet app. Money received using Apple Pay can be used for anything that is supported by Apple Pay account.
AirPlay 2 and HomeKit
The Home app gets speaker boost feature that now incorporates support for speakers from renowned brands. AirPlay 2 allows to users to set multi-room control for audio over smart speakers. Devices linked to Apple TV can be set as central hubs for every speaker connected to them.
Tap and hold the emoji key on the keyboard to bring up the one-handed typing option, which shrinks keys to one side so that they can be reached with one thumb.
Scan and Sign
The Notes app has a new Scan and Sign feature. This feature allows document scanning, supports Pencil’s use to sign and print documents, trim documents and reduce glare.
New features in the Maps app include mapping direction and support for large malls, shopping centers, lane change information, speed limit indicators, and directions to airports.
Other Highlighted Features on iOS 11:
- New features in Apple News app
- Meta 2 Framework for graphics rendering
- New options to QuickType keyboard
- new ARKit for Augmented Reality development
- Machine Learning for more accurate search results
- Automatic Setup for linking new devices
iOS 11 Release Date and Download Availability:
iOS 11 download will be released to public sometime later tonight after the official launch event of iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X. iOS 11 global release will be after 12 September iPhone launch event. Here is a guide on how to install iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad.