ios 11 New Features and Updation


1. Siri Is Even More Useful and More Natural

Siri is the most popular personal assistant in the world with more than 375 million active devices accessing Siri each month across 36 countries. Using the latest advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence, new male and female voices are more natural and expressive, adjusting intonation, pitch, emphasis and tempo while speaking, and can translate English words and phrases into Mandarin, French, German, Italian or Spanish. Siri extends beyond voice, using on-device learning to deliver more personal experiences and offers suggestions based on personal usage of Safari, News, Mail, Messages and more. For example, as Siri learns topics or places a user is interested in while browsing Safari, they will be suggested when typing in Mail, Messages and other apps.

2. Pay Friends with Apple Pay

Apple Pay users will be able to make and receive payments with friends and family quickly, easily and securely. They can send money and get paid right in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they already have in Wallet. When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash account. They can use the money instantly to send to someone, make purchases using Apple Pay in stores, apps and on the web, or transfer it from Apple Pay Cash to their bank account.

New Features

1 iCloud Voicemail Will Leave Beta

Though it’s not heavily promoted, there’s a feature in iOS 10 that transcribes voicemail messages you receive and then show you the transcribed message with a tap of a button. As BI says: “Apple’s proposed solution is both incredibly simple and incredibly clever: People like to leave voicemails (it’s often quicker to orally deliver your information than it is to type it in a text message). But they don’t like to receive voicemails (it’s a lot quicker to read a text than it is to listen to the person talking to you). The new product will also bridge a generation gap: Older users like voicemails. Young people do not.” Right now, the feature doesn’t work too well, which is why Apple has the “BETA” label slapped all over it. Yet they are certainly to make it work much better, so expect it to be a key feature in iOS 11.

2 Improved Maps Using Drone Data

Another possible inclusion in iOS 11 is continued improvement to its Maps app. Bloomberg has come out with a report saying that Apple is set to start using a fleet of drones to get better mapping data in hopes of catching up with Google.

“Apple Inc. plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch longtime leader Google, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Cupertino, California-based company is assembling a team of robotics and data-collection experts that will use drones to capture and update map information faster than its existing fleet of camera-and-sensor ladened minivans, one of the people said.

Apple wants to fly drones around to do things like examine street signs, track changes to roads and monitor if areas are under construction, the person said. The data collected would be sent to Apple teams that rapidly update the Maps app to provide fresh information to users, the person added.”

But beyond street level data, Apple also wants to improve indoor mapping too:

“Apple is also developing new features for Maps, including views inside buildings and improvements to car navigation, another person familiar with the efforts said. The people asked not to be identified talking about private projects. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.”

3 Snapchat-like Video Sharing App

iOS 11 could also see Apple try to directly take on Instagram and Snapchat with a new social media app that lets users share video, another Bloomberg report says.

“Apple Inc., seeking to capitalize on the popularity of social networks, is developing a video sharing and editing application and is testing new related features for its iPhone and iPad operating systems.

The early plans are part of a newly directed focus to integrate social networking applications within Apple’s mobile products and are a response to the success of social media-focused companies such as Facebook Inc. and Snapchat Inc., according to people familiar with Apple’s strategy.”

“Now Apple is starting to develop a video sharing app that allows users to record video, apply filters and drawings to the media — much like Snapchat does — and send it to contacts or via existing social networks such as Twitter Inc., according to the people familiar with its development. The software is currently being designed to be used mostly with one hand and with the intention that video could be shot, edited, and uploaded in less than 1 minute, the people said. At least one of the prototype designs for the app would shoot video in an Instagram-like square shape, one of the people said.”

4 More Natural Sounding Siri

Apple will also apparently look to improve Siri in iOS 11. This Siri update will feature a more natural sounding voice, however. Apple reportedly has a team in Cambridge working to make Siri sound more natural as a source told Business Insider: ”Those working inside are aiming to make Siri talk more naturally, according to a source that knows a number of Apple’s Cambridge employees.”

5 Dark Mode

Dark Mode already exists in iOS 10, but it just hasn’t been unlocked to allow people to access it. This probably means Apple thought it wasn’t ready for prime time when iOS 10 was released. But as Apple has recently been more receptive to dark modes (the Apple TV has it now), expect to see Dark Mode to be a big feature in iOS 11.

6 Contact Availability Status

A patent reveals iOS 10 might be able to show us when our friends are available and when they are away. As MacWorld notes, the patent could be “summarised as a system that detects where your friends are, and whether they’re available and the operating status of their iPhone (such as silent or Airplane mode), and presents that information in the Contacts app. If you’re thinking that has the whiff of surveillance about it – well, it does, but only to the same extent as Find My Friends, and it would presumably be optional for both parties.”

App Store is redesigned to make discovering apps and games easier than ever before. Through in-depth features and interviews, App Store editors will uncover the stories behind iOS developers, and the incredible apps and games they create.

App Store for iMessage has a redesigned app drawer for more convenient access to apps and stickers, so it’s easier to decorate messages, share a song and more.

Control Center offers more customization, enabling quick access to frequently used controls all on one page, and a new Lock Screendelivers a more convenient way to see Notifications all in one place.

Apple Maps adds indoor maps for major airports and shopping centers around the world and lane guidance to avoid missing a turn or exit.

Home supports more categories of accessories including AirPlay 2 speakers and more ways to automate your home with new triggers.

AirPlay 2 offers multi-room audio enabling users to easily control speakers using Control Center, the Home app or Siri.

Apple Music offers more ways to discover music with friends. Subscribers can create a profile so their friends can follow them, listen to playlists they’ve shared and see the music they listen to most.

Apple News is even better at keeping readers informed and entertained with personalized top stories and suggestions from Siri, great stories curated daily by Apple News editors in the new Spotlight tab and the best videos of the day in Today View.

One-handed keyboard mode on iPhone makes typing on the go even easier and a new QuickType keyboard on iPad delivers quick access to numbers, symbols and punctuation.

iOS 11 for Developers

At the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple demonstrated the power of bringing new AR experiences to iPhone and iPad and introduced additional tools to help millions of talented developers around the world bring new features and experiences to over one billion active Apple devices.

Core ML makes it easy for developers to create smarter apps with powerful machine learning that predict, learn and become more intelligent. Designed for iOS, this new framework for machine learning lets all processing happen locally on-device, using Apple’s custom silicon and tight integration of hardware and software to deliver powerful performance while maintaining user privacy.

HomeKit is even more accessible, with easier ways for developers and hobbyists to get started and new ways to authenticate devices using software — a great way for existing accessories to support HomeKit.

SiriKit gives developers the ability to integrate Siri into their apps, and with iOS 11 it expands to support more categories, including to-do lists, notes and reminders; banking for account transfers and balances; and apps that display QR codes.

MusicKit allows developers to integrate Apple Music features into their apps, providing access to over 40 million songs, recommendations, featured content and recent search.

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