If you’re an Apple fanatic, you’ve probably already heard all that there is to know about the iOS 11 update. If you think that you know everything that you need to know about Apple’s latest update, this article is probably not for you, however, if you aren’t too sure what this update actually means or if you just want to refresh your memory, well, you’re in for a treat.

What’s new?

Introduced on June 5, 2017 at the Worldwide Developers Conference, iOS 11 is the next-generation version of iOS. As Apple CEO Tim Cook said on stage, the update takes the best and most advanced operating system and turns it up to 11.  iOS 11 brings subtle design changes to interface elements throughout the operating system. Text is bolder, apps like Calculator and Phone have a new look, and the Lock screen and Control Centre have been entirely redesigned.

Design

Although there are probably some tweaks expected, the new iOS update has a slightly new look and feel to it, take a closer look below.

 


Siri

The first thing that you will notice is, Siri has been given a voice upgrade! The gurus at Apple say that the main reason for this is adapting and applying the deep learning that have been able to gather over the years to make her sound more natural, Apple also demoed a new male voice.

“Siri understands context, your interests, and how you use your device,” said Craig Federighi (Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering). “What Siri learns about you on device is kept synced across all of your devices and kept completely private, readable on all of your devices.” 

Siri’s also smarter. It can learn your interests and recommend stories tailored just for you in Apple News.

Drag and Drop

Drag and Drop also debuts on iOS 11 and instantly launches apps into split screen mode when you drag them to the side of the screen. The main aim of this feature is to save time for people who are always on-the-go!

There’s also a new Finder-style Files app for managing files. Files lists all files stored locally, in iCloud Drive, and in third-party cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive.

Other updates

There’s plenty more, in fact, there is a lot we could be talking about! For example, the keyboard updates, like a one-handed keyboard option, or the “Flick” option for typing numbers and symbols more quickly on the iPad, and many of the built-in apps have new functionality.  The App Store has been completely revamped in iOS 11, and there are now two distinct sections for apps and games. There’s also a new “Today” view that features new content on a daily basis to make it easier to discover fresh apps and games.

Overall, iOS 11 is something to be very excited about, Apple are hoping to launch it in the Autumn. This is also a strong indication that we could see the new iPhone 8 around the same time, which is something all Apple lovers are eagerly anticipating! If you have any questions about the iPhone 8 or iOS 11, just give us a call and one of our Apple experts will help you!