* Apple releases its much-expected iOS 11 update today from 6pm Nigerian time.
* It is expected to come with AR capabilities, improved mapping as well as a new Siri voice
* Other features include: re-designed Control Centre, addition of Files app, ‘easier, quicker, and more secure’ Apple Pay
Finally the highly-anticipated iOS 11 update is available today to everyone with compatible iOS devices. But what are the exciting things to look out for? Quite a lot actually: Siri has been given an upgrade to respond more naturally, augmented reality apps, new emoji and split-screen feature. Features like FaceID and animated emoji (animoji) also come with the iOS 11 update, specifically for the iPhone X.
When you install the update, you’ll find that some things are different from what you are normally used to. However, you should still be able to navigate around the OS as you normally do with the previous versions of the OS.
Having said all that, here is a description of the key things to look out for on the iOS 11 update
The Control Centre now offers more customisation, making easier to quickly access frequently used shortcuts, all on a single page. Users can choose which shortcuts they would like to see in the Control Centre. The Lock Screen on the iOS 11 update also brings more convenience to the way you see Notifications, all in one place.
Do Not Disturb While Driving
iOS 11 introduces a feature to the iPhone that detects when a user may be driving and automatically silence notifications to keep the screen dark, so the user can stay focused on the task of driving. This feature also allows the user to set auto reply messages for contacts listed on their Favourites, letting them know they (the user) are driving and cannot respond until they have reached their destination.
iPhone and iPad users will also be getting a new ‘Files’ app with the iOS 11 update. They will be able to access all their documents, pictures, videos and other files all in one place. Files stored on iCloud and third-party storage providers like Box and Dropbox will also be accessible through the new app.
Apple Maps has been updated with indoor maps for major airports and shopping centres around the world on the iOS 11 update. Indoor maps of Amsterdam (AMS), London Heathrow (LHR), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Philadelphia (PHL) and San Jose (SJC) airports will all be available to iPhone and iPad users through the new update.
iOS 11 offers new ways to discover music with friends. Through the new update, subscriber can create a profile and follow friends to listen to shared playlists and see the music they listen to the most. Apple Music subscribers will also get notifications for new followers and when new music has been released.
Siri, available in both male and female voices, will be more expressive and natural. The smart assistant will also be able to provide translation from English to Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. More languages are expected to be added in the future.
Payments made easier with Apple Pay
With the iOS 11 update, Apple Pay users will be able to send and receive money from friends and family “easily, quickly and securely” right through Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone using the Credit or Debit Card they have registered to Apple Wallet.
The iOS 11 update also adds AR capabilities to iPads and iPhones. Users will be able to experience AR apps which allows for virtual contents to be viewed on real-world scenes. Apple said these apps deliver ‘high-quality AR experience using built-in camera’ found in iOS devices.
Camera updates, including HEVC, HEIF, Loop and Bounce Effects and OIS
Apple is adding High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) – a new video format that offers more efficient compression – to iOS devices. HEIF – an image format also to come with the new iOS 11 update – is a technology like JPEG format that maintains some picture quality while keeping file sizes small.
Also, the iPortrait mode now uses Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), True Tone flash, and HDR (High Dynamic Range) features to produce more ‘professional-looking’ photos.
Loop and Bounce effects on the iOS 11 help create continuous video loops for Live Photos, while Long Exposure creatively capture time and movement.
Dock, Split Screens and more on the iPad
The iOS 11 update brings a raft of features and improvements to iPads. A new Dock function provides quick access to favourite and frequently used apps and documents on any screen, making it easier to work with multiple apps with Split View and Slide Over. Drag and Drop feature makes moving images, texts and files between apps easier using Multi-Touch. Apple Pencil is also more deeply integrated into the iPad Pro with supports for inline drawings.
More emojis and ‘Animojis’ for iPhone X
iOS 11 update will be ‘incomplete’ of course without new sets of emojis. Among the latest additions include: a ‘breastfeeding mother,’ a ‘T-rex,’ and vomiting smiley.
Also as demonstrated at Apple’s keynote event last week, the iOS 11 update will also come with animated emojis (animojis) for iPhone X owners.
WHICH DEVICES CAN BE UPGRADED TO iOS 11?
iPhone 6 & 6 Plus
iPhone 6s & 6s Plus
iPhone 7 & 7 Plus
iPad Air 2
iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 3
iPad Mini 4
6th Generation iPod Touch
The update will be available from 6pm UK(BST) and Nigerian time, below is a list of devices that can run the iOS 11 update. A lot can go wrong when upgrading a device’s OS, so to be sure to backup your files to avoid losing them permanently if an error does occur during the upgrade.
[Featured photo: Apple]