Apple’s newest operating system iOS 11 is out today – exactly one week after the launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X – and is available for iPhone and iPad customers around the world. Apple had initially teased the launch at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
The new update which Apple describes as the “biggest software release ever for iPad” comes with major developments with augmented reality, camera quality, Siri, and the App store.
Here’s a rundown of the biggest new features on iOS 11.
‘Immersive Augmented Reality’
iPhone and iPad users can now experience AR apps on both devices and view virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more. These apps deliver AR experiences using the built-in camera, processors and motion sensors in iOS devices.
‘New Additions to Camera’
The Portrait mode on iPhone and iPad camera app now uses optical image stabilisation, True Tone flash and HDR, to enhance photo quality.
The camera update also comes with Loop and Bounce effects which creates continuous video loops for Live Photos, while Long Exposure captures time and movement.
Siri’s New Voice
Siri’s New voices are more natural and expressive, adjusting intonation, pitch, emphasis and tempo while speaking, and can translate US English into Mandarin, French, German, Italian or Spanish. Siri uses on-device learning to deliver more personal experiences and offers suggestions based on personal usage of Safari, News, Mail, Messages and more.
‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’
iOS 11 introduces a new way to help drivers stay more focused on the road with Do Not Disturb while driving. iPhone can detect when a user may be driving through vehicle movement or Bluetooth connections, and automatically silences notifications to keep the screen dark. Users have the option of sending an auto reply to their favourites, contacts or recents to let them know they are driving and cannot respond until they arrive at their destination.