Apple has unveiled its latest operating system (OS), iOS 11, at its Annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) held in California. It is expected to be rolled out for iPhone5sand later, all iPad Air, and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod touch 6th generation in Septemeber.
As expected, the iOS 11 comes with new features and improvement over it’s older version. Itincludes features like iPhone-to-iPhone payments, do not disturb while driving mode which appears to be similar to Bike Mode by Samsung, multitasking features, the Files app and additional channels to use Apple Pencil with your iPad.
At the event, Apple also confirmed that the new OS would support for Augmented Reality and they have also introduced a new platform for developers to work on same touted as ARkit.
ArKit allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more.
Craig Federighi, Senior VP of Software Engineering, Apple said in a statement “With iOS 11, we’re delivering the biggest AR platform in the world, and it’s available today for developers to begin building AR experiences using ARKit for hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users.” This statement hintsthatthe next iPhone may come AR and VR capabilities.
Apple’s virtual assistant Siri has also got a makeover. Now it will have more natural male and female voices and translate speech, starting out with English, French, German, Chinese, Spanish and Italian as per the statement issued by the company. Additionally, it can also be used for task management and to scan QR codes.
In the camera department, a new compression technology calledHigh-Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) has been introduced toreduces the file size of photographs and videos. It can lead to better management of storage in the devices.Also, a new feature has been added which will let users click stills while shooting live videos.
- Redesigned App Store and Control Center which offers more customisation, enabling quick access to frequently used controls in a single page.
- Apple Maps gets features like indoor maps for major airports and shopping centres around the world and lane guidance to avoid missing a turn or exit.
- One-handed keyboard mode on iPhone to make typing easier and a new QuickType keyboard on iPad to give quick access to numbers, symbols and punctuation.
Developers can start working with the iOS 11 beta from today itself, and a public beta program will be available to iOS users later this month.