This year developer conference was able to surprise its audience. Starting from, removal of 32 bit apps or brand new announcement of iOS 11 update. The iOS 11 update which is now available as a Developer Beta Preview will be available for all this fall probably around the same time that Apple announces its next iPhone.
iOS 11 beta is out and developers trying it out have new reported that Apple might just have pulled the plug on 32-bit app support in its newest software iteration. Although Apple is yet to make an official announcement, developers on iOS 11 beta, are now reporting about an error message while trying to launch a 32-bit app. The pop-up box clearly mentions that the 32-bit app needs to be updated to work with iOS 11. Moreover, 32-bit apps are also not available when searching in the revamped App Store in iOS 11 beta, according to reports.
According to Apple, The iOS 11 update is a giant step for the iPhone and a monumental leap for the iPad. It brings along new features – largely to the iPad – that build upon the incumbent release creating a user experience that is supposedly a lot better for the end-user than last year’s iOS 10. At the same time, iOS 11 lays groundwork for the future, in that it “opens up to amazing possibilities for augmented reality in games and apps.”
Here are 11 major takeaways from Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote that make iOS 11 its biggest iOS update to date:
- iMessage: The new iMessage comes with a redesigned app drawer for apps and stickers, as also the ability to sync better with the iCloud so you can access it across the full range of Apple devices.
- Apple Pay: “Apple’s mobile payments app” will support person-to-person payments/transactions in iOS 11. Apple Pay will be integrated in the iMessage app itself, and, would be a one stop shop for sending and receiving money by a mere authentication of the user’s’ fingerprint. Also, iMessage would intelligently notify users to make a transaction within the app itself.
- Siri: “Apple’s virtual assistant” will be more useful in iOS 11, according to Apple, thanks to machine learning and artificial intelligence. It will be able to translate languages – English to Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish to begin with and will be able to suggest topics based on user behaviour. It will be able to learn words from articles you read online or offline, and suggest them when you type or make a calendar appointment based on what you searched on the web. Siri, in Apple Music, will also be able to “answer music trivia questions like “Who’s the drummer in this song?” according to Apple.
- Control Centre: The Control Centre in iOS 11 will see a complete overhaul in that it will be a single page affair as opposed to spanning multiple home screens in the incumbent iteration. The redesigned Control Centre will put all the controls you need in one place, and not three, as also provide more granular controls to them with Apple’s 3D Touch functionality. Also, the lockscreen and notification center will become a single entity in iOS 11. “To get to all your notifications, just pull it down like a cover sheet from the top of the screen.
- Maps: Maps in iOS 11 will offer detail floor maps of malls and airports, as well as offer lane guidance and speed limits while the user is driving. Speaking of driving, the iOS 11 will also bring in a handy do not disturb while driving feature to the iPhone and iPad.
- Camera: iOS 11 will introduce new codecs for video and still/live images so they will be met with up to two times better compression while saving storage on the iPhone and iPad, according to Apple. Live photos will be able to trimmed, as also support new loop, bounce and long exposure effects. Also Apple is offering its depth API for Portrait Mode for the iPhone 7 plus so developers can make apps around the functionality.
- Files and Dock for iPad: Yes, iOS 11 will bring a file manager to the iPad, but not the iPhone. The file manager app, called simply the Files, will be able to better organize how things are inside your iPad. “Not just the ones on your iPad, but also those in apps, on your other iOS devices, in iCloud Drive and across other services like Box and Dropbox,” according to Apple. The new Dock available from any screen will meanwhile allow users to open and switch apps instantly. It will be customizable as well. iOS 11 will also introduce a split view drag and drop functionality to allow users to drag and drop files between two open apps in split view on the iPad.
- Apple Pencil: iOS 11 in the iPad Pro will support Instant Markup. “Now you can mark up a PDF or screenshot faster and more easily. Step one; pick up your Apple Pencil. Step two, touch it to the screen. Step three, start writing,” according to Apple. Also, it will bring in the ability to take notes directly from the lock screen by simply tapping on it with the Apple Pencil.
- Notes: “The new Document Scanner in Notes automatically senses and scans a document, crops the edges and removes any tilt or glare,” according to Apple.
- App Store: Apple has redesigned the App Store from ground up for the iOS 11 update so that apps are easily discoverable. The redesigned App Store will come with separate tabs for apps, games and today’s featured apps. Also, there will be a separate slot for in-app purchases.
- ARKit: “ARKit is a new framework that brings augmented reality to hundreds of millions of iOS devices by allowing developers to easily build unparalleled AR experiences,” according to Apple. Pretty soon, users will be able to engage in AR-experiences on their iOS 11 running devices because Apple has just rolled out a developer’s kit for ARKit for them to design apps around the new platform.
The iOS 11 update will be rolled out this fall, sometime around September. For the iPhone, starting from the iPhone 5S. The iPad-starting from the iPad Mini 2. The iPod, starting from the sixth generation, probably around the same time that Apple announces its next iPhone.