New iOS11 Features

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Introduced on June 5, 2017 at the Worldwide Developers Conference, iOS 11 is the newest version of Apple's iOS software. Apple CEO, Tim Cook, has said that "the update takes the best and most advanced operating system and turned it up to 11."

The software brings advances and subtle changes to the design interface throughout the existing system, such as bolder text, new looks to the calculator and phone apps, and a new design for the lock screen and control centre.

Firstly, one of the most discussed changes is the new customisable control centre which now allows a wider range of settings. Prviously, users would have to flip back and forth on two different screens, but the new updates allows users to do more without needing to access the settings app.

Siri now has a more natural human voice and is more intellectual. Users can now sync information across multiple devices, allowing Siri to know what you want, and it can now translate English into different languages such as Chinese and Spanish.

For the iPad, there is also now a larger dock at the bottom of the screen that can hold more apps, making it easier to switch between apps. There is also now a new app switcher (available by double pressing the home button), similar to Mission Control on the Mac, allowing users to see everything they're working on at a glance.

Drag and drop is a new feature that allows users to drag content like images and links, from one app to another, along with more options for screenshots and live photos.

A new one handed keyboard on iPhone is also now available along with a new flick keyboard for symbols on the iPad has been added, allowing easier use.

There is also a new “Today” section on the App Store, allowing it to be much easier to see new fresh apps added that day onto the app store.

You can also now share Wi-Fi passwords with friends and family with a single swipe, saving time and energy from typing out long complicated passwords again and again.

Lastly the most discussed feature is the new screen recording features allowing you to record what you are doing on screen. This is a highly controversial feature as it allows recording on apps such as Snapchat.

Many people have enjoyed the changes iOS11 has brought us, but some are still experiencing issues such as apps crashing unexpectedly, poor battery life and overheating. Many users and tech-geeks have said that iOS11 was rushed and it's as if the update is still in Beta. 

As Apple continues to bring out new software and new phones such as the iPhone 8 and iPhone X (November 3rd 2017), it is roumoured that iOS 12 is just around the corner, with a potential release date of June 2018.

But the question is, what will Apple bring us next?


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