After months of anxiously waiting for the iOS 11 announcement, it has finally been made. During the opening keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook officially introduced the next version of iOS 11. And there are a lot of updates coming our way.
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The update won't be available until later this year, but there's a lot to look forward to. The changes will improve the "core technologies" that power the OS, and loads of new user-facing features will be introduced.
Among the updates will be a much more skillful Siri, which will have the ability to learn your interests and recommend stories tailored just for you in Apple News. Siri will be able to perform translations from English to Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish. It'll also have a new male voice, which sounds a lot like an actual human being instead of a computer.
Craig Federighi demonstrated a new feature that synchronizes conversations across iCloud, iOS, and macOS. If you delete a message on your iPhone or iPAD, the message will also be deleted on your Mac. So, no more dealing with multiple notifications or deleted messages twice.
Also, Control Center has been redesigned. While you'll still swipe up to get there, shortcut settings are in smaller units. To turn up the volume and brightness, slide up.
The App Store has also been redesigned, starting with the new Today, Games, and Apps tabs. The Apps show up as "cards," which expand when tapped to display a description.
The camera app is revamped, allowing users to take Portrait Mode images with optical image stabilization, with a flash, or in HDR. Also, Loop and Bounce effects can be applied to Live Photos, and Apple is using a High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) to lessen the amount of storage your photos will take up.
There's also a big change with lock screen notifications. Instead of seeing all of your notifications on the lock screen, they'll disappear until you swipe up to see them.
Maps will have detailed floor plans for airports and malls, and it'll offer lane guidance and will even know your speed limit.
Your phone will know when you're driving and will prevent your notifications from coming through until you've stopped.
Apple Music's iOS 11 update will allow you to see what your friends are listening to with a "Friends Are Listening To" feature.
The biggest release ever for iPAD will be happening with iOS 11. It'll have a customizable Dock, giving you quick access to frequently used apps and documents from any screen. The iPAD update will also feature a redesigned app switcher, a new Files app, a more integrated Apple Pencil, and a new Instant Notes feature.
iOS will be released in the fall, presumably alongside the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 7S. For more info on the new features, visit Apple.