Tech giant Apple on Tuesday rolled out iOS 11 globally for iPhone and iPad customers which brings the much awaited augmented reality (AR) experiences using the built-in camera, powerful processors and motion sensors.
iOS 11 brings augmented reality to hundreds of millions of iOS devices and new professional capabilities improve images in Photos and Camera. Siri is more natural and useful and a redesigned App Store makes it easier to discover apps and games.
Your iPhone will be better than before. Your iPad will be more capable than ever before. With iOS 11, the iPhone and iPad are set to become the most powerful, personal and intelligent devices ever.
The AR apps will enable the users to view virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more.
Here are some of the highlights of iOS 11:
Apple has completely revamped their App Store for the very first time in nine years. The new-look store has several new tabs along the bottom of the screen enabling users to filter by Games, Apps and ‘Today’ – a daily changing selection of highlights from the App Store.
The Today tab will also include in-depth features and interviews with developers, as well as exclusive premieres, new releases tips and how-to guides.
Search has also been enhanced, allowing users to search by name, category, developer or topic, and receive relevant results for specific apps and games.
The overhauled version of Siri is perhaps the much-awaited and biggest new feature of iOS 11.Apple has used machine learning to create more natural voices for both the male and female versions of Siri, adjusting intonation, pitch, emphasis and tempo while speaking.
Siri has been updated to better understand context and offer results that it thinks the user will be interested in.A new translation capability will translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish, with more options coming later on.
Within their maps app, Apple has added detailed floor plans for shopping malls and airports. At first, these will cover a small selection of world cities, including London – and Heathrow and Gatwick – with more locations to be added at a later date.Speed limits and lane guidance have also been added to make navigating on the roads a little easier.
Building on its DND function, Apple has introduced a potentially life-saving Do Not Disturb While Driving feature, to ensure drivers stay focused on the road.This works by detecting when you are driving and automatically silencing notifications to keep the screen dark.Users also have the option of sending an auto reply to contacts listed in Favourites to let them know they are driving and cannot respond until they arrive at their destination.
Move over, Boomerang, Apple is introducing new Loop and Bounce effects to Live Photos, allowing users to create continuous video loops.
The updated Photos app will also automatically create “memory movies” from collections of photos on your iOS device.
Apple has improved the experience of taking photos in portrait mode – bringing them into line with landscape photos with features such as optical image stabilisation, True Tone flash and HDR.
Moreover, Apple introduces a new technology called High Efficiency Image File Format that reduces the file size of every photo taken, so they take up less space on your iPhone.
Augmented Reality had to obviously be on the agenda. Apple is introducing a new platform for developers to help them bring augmented reality experiences to iPhone and iPad using the built-in camera and motion sensors.
Apple Pay is set to become a reality, allowing users to make and receive payments with friends and family instantly on their phones.Coming fall, with an update to iOS 11 and watchOS 4, Apple Pay users will be able to send and receive money quickly and securely.
Users can send money and get paid in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they already have in Wallet.
When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash account, which they can send on to someone else, or make purchases using Apple Pay in stores, apps and on the web.
Last week, Apple unveiled iPhone “X” with facial recognition system, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, new Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K. iPhone “X” sports a unique “FaceID” facial recognition system to unlock the device.These include FaceID – a new authentication technology that can verify the user’s identity by scanning their face in 3D. FaceID replaces TouchID on the iPhone X.
iOS 11 also includes support for Animoji – 3D, live rendered emoji, which track your facial expressions and create animated characters to use in iMessages.
Last month, Apple had rolled out beta version 7 of iOS 11 for the developers.