IOS 11: Apple's Familiar Yet Wildly Futuristic OS

New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

- iOS 11 will be released later this year, with the main improvements being a new control centre and updates to Siri.

A passenger in the vehicle can bypass the new Do Not Disturb While Driving in iOS 11.

The new Apple iOS 11 feature, Do Not Disturb While Driving (DNDWD) will be deployed to all compatible iPhones and iPads when the operating system rolls out later this year.

In addition, Apple has introduced some iPad-centric features to iOS 11 that'll allow users to multitask better and utilize the full potential of Apple's hardware. Once you install that profile on your phone, iOS 11 beta 1 will be available as a simple over-the-air (OTA), behaving just like a regular iOS update. Expect it to launch this autumn, maybe even around September.

What's new in iOS 11? Will the upcoming WWDC keynote present us with some early treats on the new wearable? Siri also has a male voice and some new voice tones for its female version. For now, translation will be available from English to Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish, and more will added in due course of time. Users can drag and drop apps into the dock, which is always a swipe from the bottom of the screen away.

But Apple is late to the game on VR. It silences notifications and stops the screen from lighting up when they arrive. Last May, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was asked at Recode's Code Conference why they don't sell on Apple and he said that the two sides couldn't find "acceptable business terms". It's no surprise, but there's integration with the Apple Music online subscription. Other navigation apps, like Google Maps, will also work, although not quite as easily.

Automatic replies and urgency tags for messages are a step forward to providing peace of mind for people like myself, and would also let family members know you're busy.

Apple has also given Siri a major makeover. In other words, you'll be able to place items like a cup on your table.

All of this has heightened the expectation that the iPhone 8, expected later this year, will also be a more AR-centric device, as many are already anticipating.

One announcement generating a lot of buzz is Apple's new HomePod. There's also a new long exposure effect. Portrait mode gets HDR and image stabilization. There are a few new watchfaces, including some new animated Toy Story watchfaces, a kaleidoscope watchface and a Siri-enabled watchface, featuring machine learning to surface reminders and information that's relevant to you at the time. Anything that you can screenshot can be automatically marked up with Pencil.

The big news, though, is the App Store redesign. The idea is to get outside software programmers geared up to write apps for Apple products.

Camera is getting HEVC as the new file format for video, which gives better picture quality with less storage. (Make that seven: CDN managing editor David Frith commands Siri to set an alarm clock - much easier than fiddling with finger taps).

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