iOS 11: All You Must Know About the Upcoming OS

Apple Inc. has made it a trend to roll out their latest software updates in their yearly scheduled event in June which is the WWDC conference and this year, the expectations from the event are soaring sky high with the iOS 11 being the pick of the Apple enthusiasts in anticipation of the event. Aside from being the eleventh iteration of the iOS, the first of which was originally revealed in 2007 with the first iPhone, iOS 11 is also on its way to be rolled out in the same year the tech firm celebrates the 10th anniversary of their celebrated iPhone line of flagship devices. Now, whether the iPhone 8 will be introduced in Apple’s September event or not is hardly a factor which would decrease the hype regarding the iOS 11. Considering the fact the operating system is exclusively for the iPhone line of devices, there is this question among Apple enthusiasts as to which device would actually be the first to feature this standout new operating system from Apple Inc.

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iOS is the preferred operating system for quite a considerable number of people spanning the world and as the iOS 11 launch is nearing, people are looking back on iOS 10 and what new features Apple might incorporate in their upcoming offering.

iOS 11 Features

A Smarter Siri

Apple’s AI assistant, Siri has been one of the highlights of iPhone which the other tech giants are trying to adopt but without the same impact. With Siri, Apple has scaled heights of convenience when it comes to operating within an iPhone and with the iOS 11, Siri’s about to become smarter and much more capable than before. With iOS 10, Apple had launched the personal assistant program on their Macbook line of premium notebooks as well and iOS 11 does bring much more advancements to Siri. The US-tech conglomerate has now opened up Siri for third party applications as well. In a layman’s terms, now, Siri can be used to manage non-apple apps and perform operations with voice control instructions.

The US-tech conglomerate has now opened up Siri for third party applications as well

Siri can be used to manage non-apple apps and perform operations with voice control instructions.

An incredibly convenient upgrade to the personal assistant feature, applications like Whatsapp and Wechat will be used like never before now in the latest devices in which iOS 11 is rolled out. Apart from the social networking applications, Siri can also be used for a wide range of necessary applications like Uber and Lyft as well as fitness apps in the likes of RunKeeper, MapMyRun or Runtastic.

Virtual Reality Technology

One of the most striking technological advancements of today is definitely Virtual Reality. Apple is yet to make an entry to the market as the iOS 10 didn’t have the compatibility to run this piece of technology. With the other big tech firms in the likes of Google making huge prowess in the VR field, it is quite unprecedented that Apple will enter the Virtual Reality competition soon enough and the next iOS 11 will bring in advancements to support this striking piece of technology.

An improved Map Application

The Cupertino, California-based company is reportedly assembling a team of robotics and data-collection experts that will use drones to capture and update map information faster than its existing fleet of camera-and-sensor ladened minivans. In terms of the maps, Google has already advanced miles in front of Apple and perhaps with the new iOS, Apple is desperate in getting back in ranks to be in contention with Google. According to a company spokesperson, Apple wants to fly drones around to do things like examine street signs, track changes to roads and monitor if areas are under construction, the person said. The data collected would be sent to Apple teams that rapidly update the Maps app to provide fresh information to users. Well, in theory it does seem to be quite a smart advance on their part in order to heighten the user’s iPhone and iOS 11 experience.

The Power-Saving Doze Mode

We are in an age where smartphones are equipped with 4G internet facilities as well as quite a number of high-end apps which consume a whole lot of data as well as device battery charge. And this keeps on getting a bigger deal for iPhones as the premium line of devices from Apple offer nothing but high-end output. Increasing the battery capacity of a device is a limited option but what the iOS 11 can bring to the table is the Power Saver/Doze mode. Google with their Android Marshmallow OS, introduced the ‘Doze Mode’ which helps to save the handset’s battery when it is stationary, and the screen is off. And something quite similar is expected from the iPhone makers with their upcoming operating system.

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Built-in iOS 11 Emojis

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Last September, Apple rolled out their latest iOS 10 whose beta version featured emoji support initially having an option of 37 emoji characters at the time of release. Over the months, the OS had more than 600 emoji updates in subsequent version alterations and something quite similar was already expected of iOS 11. However, Apple is looking to change things up a bit and iOS 11 is slated to feature all emojis during the first version itself with the further updates to the device not slated to include any more emojis. Considering the fact that iOS 11 is set to store all the emoji characters in the database all ot once ditching the updates, we are quite sure that the number of options available to iOS 11 users once it is rolled out will be quite huge.

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FaceTime Video Calling

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The iOS 11 will be fulfilling a long-standing request from fans by bringing in ‘group video calling’ functions. As per industry reports, the next iOS will be introduced to the world in June 2017, and this year, the operating system will have a special focus on social elements like FaceTime video calling. Sources have revealed, up to five people will be able to participate in the group calling. June is typically when Apple hosts the Worldwide Developers Conference where the company often focuses on OS, handing out details for the benefit of developers.

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SnapChat Like Video App

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Reports have claimed that Apple is planning to introduce a SnapChat-like video app that the smartphone giant has been developing. Using the video sharing and editing application, users will be able to record videos, edit, draw, apply a filter and instantly share with social media sites. The video could be shot, edited and uploaded under 1 minute, according to people familiar with the development. It’ll be an exciting feature, to begin with.

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Major iMessage Update

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According to rumors, Apple is developing iMessage for Android that they’ll be launching by the end of 2018. Perhaps Apple was inspired by BlackBerry who launched BBM for iOS and Android. While this is great news, even better is a rumor that suggests Apple will be rolling out major iMessage updates with iOS 11. As the nature of the update, nobody has a clue, so we’ll leave at that.

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Killing 32-bits Apps Support

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There are definite indications that Apple is killing support for 32-bit apps. The company has announced app makers to bring out apps supporting 64-bits. Over the last couple of months, several users have tried opening 32-bit apps, only to encounter a message popping out telling out, telling the app won’t work on future versions of the OS. When trying to open the 32-bit Waterslide app, 9to5Mac encountered the following message: “Waterslide Needs to Be Updated. This app will not work with future versions of iOS. The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility.” They had tried launching the now defunct app, iOS 10.2.1 and iOS 10.3 beta 1 but without success.

Back when the 64-bit framework was rolled out in 2013, along with iPhone 5s. One year later, Apple made it mandatory announced its compulsory fro app to be supportive of the 64-it framework.

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In-Camera Augmented Reality

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Throughout 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been taking about Augmented Reality enthusiastically. “I think AR is that big,” Cook said, “It’s huge.” He feels, people will prefer AR over VR, because “most people don’t want to lock themselves out from the world . . . With AR you can, not be engrossed in something, but have it be a part of your world, of your conversation. That has resonance.” As per rumors, the iOS 11 will support Augmented Reality where users can point a camera at an object and software will recognize it and provide information. So if you need to know the name of a flower, simply take a picture and the operating system will do the rest.

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Extra Security for Apple Pay

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The new iOS will reduce the risk of using Apple Pay mobile wallet. Sources have revealed that Apple is aiming to replace the wallet and will be introducing one-step payment process. Apple Pay is accepted anywhere where NFC-based contactless payments are accepted because the wallet is built on existing NFC technology. Reportedly, Apple Pay may expand allowing users to do person-to-person payment. These apart, according to insiders, Apple is talking to banks about launching a new mobile-to-mobile payment service.

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Huge Cloud Update (Security)

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The iOS 11 could be bringing in free iCloud backup, something that people had been clamoring for ages. Adding more security will undoubtedly will be a huge win for users of the new iOS 11. It’ll make device baking easier, cost efficient and not-to-mention time-saving. The user will no longer have to depend on iTunes on Windows or Mac to backing their stuff.

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Function Bar

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While we continue to imagine, what the next operating system might have in store, the iOS 11 could have a new and exciting Function Bar. A fan has designed renders of iPhone 8 with a display that features a new function bar. The home screen’s function area shows a home button while the lock screen displays a fingerprint scanner for Touch ID scan. Although it’s a fan-made mockup, the one gets a general idea of how the new function bar might look and work.

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iPad Specific Features

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The iOS 11 will house some specific iPad specific features like a new app switcher within the spilt-view feature. In the present, set up, it’s fairly difficult to search for specific apps. With the new feature, we expect such problems will be taken care of.

iOS 11 Wishlist

The highly anticipated platform for the Apple iPhone and iPad line-up will definitely have a whole lot of takers once it is rolled out and enthusiasts have already started speculating about what striking features the new operating system will bring to the table. With Apple, wishlists are never too limited as the company is already known for the prowess when it comes to the latest technologies.


Return of Swipe-to unlock Feature

​The swipe to unlock feature had been the standard iPhone unlocking method in the iOS 9 since before the fingerprint scanner came into play. In iOS 10 this feature was removed and this, wasn’t one of the appreciated facts of many iPhone users. We sincerely hope that iOS 11 will bring back the Swipe-to-unlcok feature as designated fingerprint scanners limits access to the device to only one specific person which could prove to be quite an inconvenience for certain people in certain situations.


Dark Mode

One of the most anticipated developments which was expected from iOS 10 was Dark Mode which was sadly not rolled out in the last iteration. However, fres new hopes of a Dark Mode have resurfaced in anticipation of the iOS 11 and this time, the feature might as well appear as soon as the operating system is released in September next year. Apple did add Dark Mode to tvOS, but there is no way to switch to a dark theme for apps. This would be useful at night or when using your phone in subdued lighting quite like the Apple Watch, which predominantly black interface to facilitate night viewing or low-light viewing.


Search by Typing

Using iOS 10, searching something specific on an iPhone or an iPad requires voice commands to Siri instead of typing which can prove to unafforadable or socially unacceptable in some situations. Microsoft’s Cortana has introduced the Search by type feature and our iOS 11 wishlist does include the same, with users having the facility of typing their requirements instead of using voice commands to the artificial intelligence personal assistant program.


Touch ID Lock

One of the features that’ll make the iOS 11 should absolutely sport is a Touch ID Lock that’ll protect the phone and data no matter who’s trying to access it. Although currently, the iOS 10 allows users to lock individual documents but not apps. So when someone unlocks your phone, s/he can easily access your app and extract crucial information. To solve this problem, iOS 11 needs to support Touch ID Lock.


Changing Video Resolution In-App

With the latest iPhone, one can record 4K resolution at 30fps, and 1080p at 60fps or 30fps. Evidently, this is one of the best selling points of the device, but there’s drawback. In order to switch between the resolutions, you have to exit the camera and go to Setting>Camera. Having a way to change the resolutions from the camera setting will make our life easier. Since videography or photography is all about capturing the right moment, exiting the app to change settings runs the risk of ruining the moment.


Concept Video & Images

Jacek Zięba of the MyApple YouTube channel has rolled out a concept video for the iOS 11. Such videos are already doing rounds on YouTube for several weeks, but Jacek work stands out in the crowd. The video is pretty well-made and constructed with care focusing on some of the most substantial rumors surrounding the operating system. Showcased in the video, the system-wide Dark Mode is something we look forward to.

Here a concept image of iOS 11. As you can see, it sports the ‘function bar’ we mentioned above. There’s no news on whether the OS will actually feature a bar, the image does look pretty rad!

iOS 11 Compatibility

Needless to say, the iOS versions are a topic of huge anticipation for iPhone owners who wait every year for significant improvements to their device’s operating system. iOS 11 is expected to bring a huge number of advancements but with the catch being that not all iPhones will be compatible with the new software. What does this mean? It means that the lower iPhone models, specifically the models before the iPhone 5S will miss out on the iOS 11 update. Now there have been specific reasons for this keeping in mind the compatibility of the device itself, the chipset incorporated as well as the necessary hardware requirements for iOS 11 to run.

A complete list of iPhones that would be iOS 11 compatible....

  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone SE
  • ​iPhone 6 Plus
  • ​iPhone 6
  • ​iPhone 6S Plus
  • ​iPhone 6S
  • ​iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus

Nevertheless, the nest in-line devices by Apple are also pegged to come out running the iOS 11 out-of –the box. Also, Apple’s premium tablet series will also feature a number of devices for which the iOS 11 will be rolled out. By the looks of it, the both the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch versions of the Apple iPad Pro are going to be compatible with the new iOS version. The upcoming Apple iPad Pro 2, which as of now sports a September 2017 release date will also be the first iPad to come with pre-installed iOS 11.

A complete list of iPads that would be iOS 11 Compatible....

  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Mini 4
  • ​iPad 4th Generation
  • iPad Air
  • ​iPad Air 2
  • ​iPad Pro (both 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch versions)
  • iPad Pro 2

iOS 11 Beta Version

The iOS 10 has since got a number of updates and is currently on its fifth update with the iOS 10.2. But as 2017 is knocking on the doors, the anticipation revolving around iOS 11 is increasing by the day. Traditionally, Apple makes the Beta versions of their upcoming softwares available a few months prior to the actual release date. All Apple users can participate in the public beta program and provide valuable feedback to the company while using the Beta, and the iOS 11 Beta is pegged to follow the same suit.

For the beta version of iOS 11, interested users can begin their participation in the Apple Beta Software Program by signing up for it on Apple's official page. After you sign up, there is a need to enroll your Apple device (with the help of its unique identification code) to be granted access to all the public betas of the macOS or the iOS.

iOS 11 Release Date

It has not been very long since the release of iOS 11, which was rolled out by Apple in September earlier this year and Apple enthusiasts are already awaiting the launch of the next operating system by Apple for its flagship iPhone line-up. The tech giants have maintained quite a consistent timeline when it comes to the iOS version launches and it seems that very little deviation from it will occur in the launch of iOS 11 as well. Starting from the iOS 4 to the iOS 8, all these softwares were launched at the WWDC conference in June. However, the last two iterations of the iOS had their announcement in the WWDC in June but were rolled out in Apple’s scheduled September event where the company usually launches their flagship devices.

For the iOS 11, September seems a probable launch date again although much of the operating system’s functionality will be unveiled in Apple’s June event when the company unveils the software.

Wrap up...

The iOS 11 is slated to be oen of the highlights of next year keeping in mind that it is Apple’s 10th anniversary of both the iPhone line as well as the iOS list of operating systems and there isn’t a shred of doubt that the Cupertino based firm will strive to make it big. And by the looks of it, the operating system, irrespective of when it is finally rolled out, is worth the weight.

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