like Pokémon Go and beyond, with characters and graphics
that interact believably with the environment.
Major Siri Upgrade
As predicted, Siri’s been taking some speech lessons.
Thanks to Apple’s machine learning magic, Siri sounds better
than ever. With more advanced inflections, both the male and
female voice options sound more natural. Siri’s also a much
better listener. As you surf on Safari, chat in Messages, search
for restaurants on Maps, or select new music from friends,
Siri will learn from your activities and use that information to
streamline your experience. Siri will also be able to remember
the names of locations to offer autofill suggestions across
multiple apps. Need a quick translation from English to Mandarin? Ask Siri and it will repeat your translation back in the
selected language. Your international trips just got a whole lot
Peer-to-Peer Apple Pay
Apple Pay is expanding its horizons to allow peer-to-peer
payments. Siri will remember conversations from synced
contacts through Mail and Messages and will recommend
amounts in Apple Pay. You’ll be able to pay your friends directly through the Messages app, either with amounts recommended by Siri or your own custom amounts. You’ll confirm
all peer-to-peer payments with Touch ID before finalizing your
Apple Music Gets Social, Plus Multi-Room
Starting this fall, you’ll no longer need the same brand of
speaker in order to string them together for stereo sound.
With iOS 11 comes multi-room audio, allowing you to play
a song on any and all of the wireless speakers around your
house simultaneously. The Apple Music app is also getting a
long-awaited update, finally allowing you to view your friends’
listening activity and playlists and control your visible content.
Your iPhone Gets Road Savvy
Driving is about to get safer with a new feature that you’ll
be able to access even without a CarPlay-enabled vehicle.
The Do Not Disturb While Driving feature allows users to
redirect calls and notifications while on the road. Your iPhone
will automatically detect when you are in transit and suggest
Car Mode so that you can drive distraction-free. You’ll be able
to allow exceptions for important phone calls and texts while
filtering out unnecessary notifications. Car Mode will even
send automated replies to texts letting your contacts know
that you’re driving and unable to respond.
Lane guidance and speed limits are now included in Apple
Maps. You’ll be able to see which lane you should be in before
you get to a busy intersection and check your speed even
when there are no signs posted in sight. Maps is also making
your shopping and air travel easier by including interactive
multi-story maps of most large malls and major airports.
Updated Messages App
With iOS 11, your messages will now sync across all your
devices, allowing you to seamlessly search, save, delete, and
share past conversations.
Since Apple released facial recognition with iOS 10, we’ve
been wishing for the ability to sync Faces in the Mac Photos
app with the People album in the iOS Photos app. We’re excited to announce that Apple has granted our wish. Syncing will
be enabled, allowing you to more easily curate your photos
and find the memories you cherish.
Speaking of memories, the Memories feature of Photos
has been enhanced as well. Thanks to machine learning, your
iPhone will be better at tracking and categorizing special occasions like sporting events and weddings, as well as broader
categories like pets, specific family members, and your favorite vacation spots. Memories will use its learning algorithm to
select the best photos and videos from each category, allowing seamless enjoyment of all your best moments.
Live Photos is also getting a performance boost. You’ll be
able to trim your Live photos and select your favorite frame,
as well as loop your images to create unique GIFs.
Control Center Redesign
Control Center is an extremely useful tool, but we’ve long
wished that the user could choose the tools that appear in it.
iOS 11 brings a customizable, more compact Control Center.
More functions will have 3D Touch capabilities, and you’ll also
be able to adjust brightness and volume with slider bars for
better fine tuning.