Apple announced iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad at its annual developers conference today. The new Apple iOS 11 includes a new app drawer for finding iMessage apps and stickers, new integrations for Apple Pay, a Siri translation beta, and more.
The app drawer is now redesigned with a scrolling view. Messages also work with iCloud now so messages stay in sync including deleted messages and more. This new feature also works with macOS and still includes end-to-end encryption. Apple Pay also now works with iMessage to enable peer-to-peer payments as an iMessage app as rumored.
Siri updated with a new voice created by deep learning. The new machine learning improvements apply to both the female and male voice. Siri now supports translation in beta including translated feedback and a new visualization. The virtual assistant will now work with task management apps and more, offer contextual aware responses based on on-device learning, and more.
Photos and Memories
Apple’s Camera app now supports new features like a new Depth API for dual camera iPhones. The app is also doing better video and photo compression to optimize storage during capture without breaking sharing compatibility.
The Photos app will use machine learning to find new Memory categories like sporting events and anniversaries, and portrait orientation Memories, as well as Live Photo improvements like choosing the, still shoot and looping clips.
Control Center in iOS 11 has been redesigned with a single page layout for the first two panels on iOS 10. 3D Touch is used to expand panels with related controls. The lock screen and Notification Center have also been redesigned to be a single interface.
New floor plans for malls across a handful of cities comes to Apple Maps. Airports are also supported for indoor mapping. Speed limits and lane guidance are also now available.
Do Not Disturb
Do Not Disturb feature brings CarPlay-like alert muting to all iPhones based on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more to suggest the new muting feature to make driving safer.
HomeKit now supports speakers using AirPlay 2 with multi-room audio. Apple TV makes connected speakers AirPlay 2 compatible.
Apple Music and App Store
Apple Music is gaining a new MusicKit SDK for developers and includes new social features for sharing what your friends are playing recently. The App Store now has faster app review times, expanded free trials, and a new design. Phased releases will be a new option for developers releasing apps this year.
The new App Store design will include a new Today view for discovering brand new apps with featured cards with editorial content. Games get its own tab now with a dedicated section for gaming apps. In-app purchases can also be highlighted in this section. Apps have its own separate tab from Games with classic App Store features.
Augmented reality features ARKit uses iPhone sensors to determine a plane, lighting, scale estimation, and more. According to the company, ARKit will make iOS the largest AR platform in the world.
Drag and drop are also now supported between Split Screen apps. The keyboard on iOS 11 also includes swipe up support to access more characters. Files for iOS is a new app that works with iCloud Drive and other cloud providers like Dropbox.
Apple Pencil now has more functionality throughout iOS including Markup in Safari, editing screenshots, Instant Notes access from the lock screen, searchable handwritten text, inline drawing within typed notes, and much more. Notes also gain a new document scanner and Mail gains an inline drawing markup feature.
Apple iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad will be available in beta to developers today, public beta testers later this month, and all customers later this fall.