iOS 11 Announced: Release Date, Features, And More

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Apple today unveiled the new version of iOS firmware for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. iOS 11 has been unveiled with all its new features! The longed-for day of WWDC 2017, the world conference of developers of Apple has arrived, and with it, arrives iOS 11.

 Features

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One of the new features is about the Messaging app that is now slightly redesigned to show applications and stickers more intuitive. Now synchronization of messages between devices connected to iMessage with the same account arrives. Another one is Apple Pay that will allow secure payments via iMessage: this way you can send and receive payments safely and quickly.

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Then comes Siri, which now gains a new “human” voice and allows to translate sentences into different languages ​​automatically. Thanks to the latest developments in automatic learning and artificial intelligence, new male and female voices are more natural and expressive, adjust tone, tone, accent and rhythm while they speak and can translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, Italian , Spanish or German. Siri has not only optimized voice: it uses on-device learning capabilities to offer even more personal experiences based on the use of Safari, News, Mail, Messages and more.

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Also new for Maps that in iOS 11 adds shopping malls (US only) and lane indication to follow. Then an optional feature called “Do not disturb the guide” arrives, which we will be able to activate in order to avoid disturbing the guide due to the receipt of notifications on the smartphone.

iOS 11 also comes with a new Control Center with a single page and multiple controls (including the one to activate and deactivate the cellular network!). It seems a bit confusing.

With iOS 11, the App Store is completely redesigned to make it more intuitive and “fun”. There are two new tabs: “Today” to discover all the new apps, “App” to find the best apps and “Games” to browse the list of the latest games and the most interesting ones.

Finally, iOS 11 comes with new possibilities for enhanced ARKit Reality. Developers will be able to create advanced content of increased reality. During the presentation, a whole animated sequence of characters interacting with each other on a table that, in reality, did not host anything of course.

Other iOS 11 features:

  • The App Store features a new design that further simplifies the discovery of apps and games. Thanks to extensive descriptions and interviews, the App Store editors will reveal the stories of iOS developers and the incredible games and apps.
  • iMessage has a redesigned app drawer that simplifies access to apps and stickers, decorating messages, sharing songs, and more.
  • The Control Center offers more customization opportunities with quick access from one page to frequently used controls and a new lock screen with the ability to view notifications more intuitively, all in one place.
  • The Apple Maps app now includes the plants of the world’s major airports and shopping malls, along with lane indications, so you do not lose a single exit or turn.
  • The Home app supports multiple categories of accessories, including AirPlay 2 speakers, and even more ways to automate home automation devices.
  • AirPlay 2 offers multi-room audio to control speakers via the Control Center or Siri app.
  • Apple Music offers more ways to find music with friends. Subscribers can create a profile so others can track them, listen to the shared playlists and discover the most often played songs.
  • Apple News offers top-level entertainment and information, featured articles and personalized tips from Siri, interesting stories selected every day by Apple News editors in the new Spotlight tab and the best videos.

Release Date

From today, the iOS 11 beta is available to download for registered developers, head to the Developers program member area on the Apple website. The final version will be released to the public this fall.

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