iOS 11 Brings AR, a Redesigned App Store, and a Ton of Other New Features


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The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system brings a ton of enhancements and new features from aesthetics to function. Let’s take a look:

For iPad

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Photo: The Verge

The new “Files” app makes it easier for you to browse, search, and organize your files in one place. It even lets you manage those that are in remote file storage services such as iCloud and Google Drive.

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Photo: The Verge

The new dock can now be opened from any screen and can be customized with your favorite apps. It also intelligently suggests apps based on what you’ve recently used, and displays the corresponding icons on the right side.

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Photo: The Verge

Multitasking in iOS 11 is so much more efficient and intuitive. You can now open a second app right from the dock, and both apps will remain active in Slide Over or Split View. You can also drag the second app in Slide Over to the left, and get back to your favorit App spaces using the redesigned App Switcher.

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Photo: The Verge

Drag and Drop for iPad lets you move text, photos, and files seamlessly from one app to another.

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Photo: The Verge

Letters and symbols are now all on the same keyboard. All you have to do is flick down on a key.

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Photo: The Verge

Apple Pencil is now more versatile, powerful, and natural than ever.

  • Scribble over a PDF file or a screenshot by simply tapping the screen with the Apple Pencil.
  • Write a quick note by tapping the Apple Pencil on the lockscreen.
  • Add inline drawings in notes and mail. Handrwitten notes are now also searchable.
  • The new Document Scanner automatically in the Notes app takes out any tilt or glare.

Augmented Reality

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Photo: The Verge

iOS 11 introduces ARKit, a new framework that brings Augmented Reality into millions of iOS devices by letting developers create unmatched AR experiences. By mixing and matching digital information and objects along with the environment, AR allows you to interact with the real world creatively new ways.

iPhone and iPad

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You can now use Apple Pay in Messages.

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Live photos can now be turned into a looping video plus new professional filters for the camera. Next-Gen compression also lets you take beautiful photos with half the file size.

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Photo: Apple

A redesigned App Store

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Photo: Time

Swipe across the redesigned App Drawer to quickly share sticker, emoji, or games to your friends.

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Photo: The Verge

Siri has a new voice with a more natural tone, and can now voice out translations of several languages.

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Photo: Time

Apple Music knows what you like based on your usage, so when you ask Siri to play a song, chances are you’ll hear one that you love. It can also answer music trivia questions. It also lets you see your friends’ playlists, as well as albums and stations they listen to often

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Photo: The Verge

AirPlay 2 lets you control your home audio system and speakers installed throughout your house.

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A redesigned Control Center.

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The lock screen now displays your recent and missed notifications. All you need to do is pull it down like a cover sheet from the top of the screen.

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Photo: Time

iPhone can now intelligently prevent you from being distracted by texts and calls while driving.

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Detailed maps of hundreds of airports and malls.

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Siri learns and now suggests news that are more important to you.

Other Changes:

  • One-handed typing option moves keys closer to your thumb for easier one-handed operation.
  • Hold your iPhone or iPad close to an iOS device and majority of your personal settings, prefrences, and iCloud Keychain passwords will be automatically imported.

iOS 11 arrives in Fall and is compatible with iPhone 5s and later, iPad mini 2 and later, and the 6th generation iPod Touch.

Sources: The VergeApple, Time

Photo: Time







Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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