iPhone updates: 7 things to know about Apple’s new iOS 11


Apple is revealing details about its new operating system, iOS 11, which will include “hundreds of new features” for the iPhone 8 that’s expected to be released later this year.

The company gave a preview of the major upgrades coming to new and many existing iPhones in just a few months.

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Big changes coming with Apple’s iOS 11

Developers are currently previewing iOS 11 and a public beta program will start later this month. iOS will be available this fall as a free software update for users of the following devices:

  • iPhone 5s and later
  • All iPad Air and iPad Pro models
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad mini 2 and later
  • iPod touch 6th generation

There’s been a lot of buzz about ARKit, an augmented reality platform for developers to build apps that let iPhone and iPad users place virtual content on top of real-world scenes.

We’ll have to see what developers come up with, but there are plenty more things to look forward to!

Use Messages to pay friends and family: With iOS 11, you can use Apple Pay with your credit or debit card to send money (or request it) right through Messages.

Indoor maps and lane guidance: Getting around will be easier with indoor maps of major airports and shopping centers, plus lane guidance so you don’t miss another exit.

Do Not Disturb while driving: Your iPhone can detect when you may be driving and automatically silence notifications.

Take even better photos:

  • Portrait Mode images can be taken with optical image stabilization, True Tone flash and HDR
  • Live Photos are more expressive with new Loop and Bounce effects that create continuous video loops
  • High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) reduces the file size of every photo taken with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Siri becomes more helpful: With a new, more natural voice, Siri will translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Type with one hand easily: When you select the one-handed typing feature, the keys will instantly move closer to your thumb.

New App Store: The App Store gets a redesign to make discovering apps easier. Users will see daily stories by experts, a dedicated Games tab and lists for all sorts of apps.

We can’t forget about the iPad!

Apple says iOS 11 is the “biggest software release ever for iPad.” Top features include an improved dock, new Files app and drag-and-drop support for all your multitasking needs.

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