It’s that time of the year again, Apple has released the next version of their popular mobile operating system — iOS 11. And with it, are some major and needed changes. Here are all the features that you need to check out:

Person-to-Person Payment

Apple Pay is taking on Venmo and Facebook by bringing a similar feature that allows you to make person-to-person payments. The new feature is found integrated in the iMessage which means that you can only do this if you friend is using an iPhone too.

Venmo is currently the most popular money-transfer service in the United States so Facebook Messenger is the most likely Apple’s direct competitor on this.

Upgraded Siri

It’s one of the most expected upgrade on the iOS and Apple delivered. The voice has improved machine learning to sound a bit more human and it can also now translate sentences into different language but that certain feature is still in beta testing.

Also, Siri will now learn from your usage patterns in apps like Safari, News, Mail, Messages and others to deliver a more personalized feedback and result.

Revamped Lockscreen, Notification Center, and Control Center

We expected major visual changes but it seems like Apple is holding back and gave us a few. One big visual change is that Apple is now unifying the lock screen and notification center. Scrolling down from the top of the screen will bring up your lock screen, but you can then swipe up to access your full list of notifications. It’s an extra step but it’s supposed to make you feel that your phone is more organized and cleaner.

Photo and Video Upgrades

Again, Photos and Videos are getting a number of upgrades:

  • Live Photos now allow you to choose the best frame to use as the featured still preview
  • Apple can now create seamless live photo loops using machine learning
  • You can also use new machine learning tools to create long exposures without the need of a tripod
  • Videos now use HEVC compression instead of the usual H.264, for”up to 2 times” compression that will lead to a huge file size reduction.
  • Photos using the Portrait mode blur effect can now use optical image stabilization, flash, and HDR for enhanced photo experience.

Smarter Apple Maps

The navigation service of Apple has been overshadowed by popular apps like Google Maps and Waze so it’s high noon for Apple to make their own app a more solid alternative to the competition. The new Maps is adding mall and airport maps complete with detailed floor plans and directories.

Also, navigation is finally adding lane guidance to help you be prepared for your next turn. Plus, an on-screen speed limit indicator to keep you safe although we’re pretty sure you’re going to ignore it anyway.

There’s also a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature that blocks incoming notifications and actually turns off your screen. You can on your display to turn it back on and personalize responses to let everyone know that you’re driving.

New look for the App Store

Finally, Apple is going to redesign the App Store. The new user interface now starts with a “Today” tab that makes it easier to look explore new apps. The individual app page has now refined to highlight the most important details and will have localized videos and screenshots for different countries.

iOS now has a File Management App

One of the biggest features for the iOS 11 but found on Android a long time ago: a File Management system. Previously, Apple wasn’t comfortable with you having a file management app and you would need to jailbreak it first to experience it.

It’s pretty much straightforward and works as you’d expect. It allows you to access nested folders, recent files, search, and a grid or list view option. It’s also integrated with cloud services like iCloud, Google Drive and DropBox.

iPad Enhancements

Apple is finally making some changes to the iPad so it won’t look like a regular larger iPhone. The most notable feature is the Dock located in the bottom of the screen that’s works similarly like macOS. You can now add as many apps that you’d like in the Dock and access it within any app by swiping from the bottom of your screen.

Also, you can now finally drag and drop in iOS. You can now drag an app from the dock to the side of your screen to open it in slide-over mode. You can then drag and drop text and content in between apps.

 

And that’s about it for the iOS 11. You can expect more features to come when tester begin to explore it as Apple doesn’t really state all the minor changes for the new operating system. It will go into public beta near the end of June at http://beta.apple.com/

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