Apple’s 2017 WWDC keynote today unveiled iOS 11, a major update that brings new experiences and hundreds of features to iPhone and iPad this Fall 2017.
iOS 11 is the biggest software release ever for iPad, with powerful multitasking features, the Files app and more ways to use Apple Pencil. Augmented reality is coming to hundreds of millions of iOS devices with a new platform for developers to build apps that let users place virtual content on top of real-world scenes.
“With iOS 11, we’re delivering the biggest AR platform in the world, and it’s available today for developers to begin building AR experiences using ARKit for hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. ARKit allows developers to tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed and compelling virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more.
Additional updates include the ability to pay friends using Apple Pay, and Do Not Disturb while driving to help users stay more focused on the road.
Even more intelligence and a new voice for Siri, as well as new professional capabilities to Photos and Camera have been added, such as Long Exposure to capture time and movement, and new Loop and Bounce effects that create continuous video loops. Furthermore, Memory movies in Photos are optimized to play in both portrait and landscape orientation, and more memories, such as photos of pets or birthdays, are automatically created.
Other notable iOS 11 features include:
App Store is redesigned to make discovering apps and games easier than ever before.
App Store for iMessage has a redesigned app drawer for more convenient access to apps and stickers, so it’s easier to decorate messages, share a song and more.
Control Center offers more customization, enabling quick access to frequently used controls all on one page, and a new Lock Screen delivers a more convenient way to see Notifications all in one place.
Apple Maps adds indoor maps for major airports and shopping centers around the world and lane guidance to avoid missing a turn or exit.
Home supports more categories of accessories including AirPlay 2 speakers and more ways to automate your home with new triggers.
AirPlay 2 offers multi-room audio enabling users to easily control speakers using Control Center, the Home app or Siri.
Apple Music offers more ways to discover music with friends. Subscribers can create a profile so their friends can follow them, listen to playlists they’ve shared and see the music they listen to most.
Apple News is even better at keeping readers informed and entertained with personalized top stories and suggestions from Siri, stories curated daily by Apple News editors in the new Spotlight tab and the best videos of the day in Today View.
One-handed keyboard mode on iPhone makes typing on the go even easier and a new QuickType keyboard on iPad delivers quick access to numbers, symbols and punctuation.
Now, check out the all-new iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever.