Apple iOS 11 launch today: Here are the features, compatibility details

The new iOS 11 will begin rolling as an OTA update today to compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices

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    • Apple iOS 11 launches today
    • The new mobile OS roll out in India will start at 10:30 PM IST
    • The new iOS brings a redesigned App Store, Control Centre & iMessage app

Apple last week unveiled its much-anticipated tenth-anniversary iPhone edition, iPhone X alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The Cupertino tech company at its special event said that its new mobile operating system, the iOS 11 will be released on September 19. For those unaware Apple shared a glimpse of its latest iOS 11 a few months ago at WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) 2017.

Starting Tuesday, iPhone and iPad customers around the world will be able to update their devices to iOS 11, a major update to the world’s most advanced mobile operating system and the biggest software release ever for iPad,” Apple wrote in its blog post.

For those iPhone and iPad users who are planning to upgrade their devices to the new iOS, here are some of the features that you may want to look upon

Camera app (Capture better images, add new effects)

With iOS 11 users will be able to capture Portrait Mode images with optical image stabilisation, true tone flash, or in HDR mode. The new iOS will bring Loop and Bounce effects to enable creating continuous video loops for Live Photos. Apple during WWDC 2017 introduced a high efficiency image file format (HEIF) that is said to reduce the amount of storage every photo taken on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.


Siri will now be more natural

The new iOS 11 will bring improvements on Apple’s voice-based assistant Siri. With the use of latest advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence, the assistant’s voice will sound more natural while responding to user and become more contextually aware. Apple in its blog post noted that Siri will be able to translate US English into five languages that include- Mandarin, French, German, Italian or Spanish. The iOS 11 will also support Hindi dictation. With implementation of on-device learning the voice-based assistant will deliver more personal experience and offer suggestion based on personal usage of Safari, News, Mail, Messages etc.

A redesigned App Store

The latest mobile OS will bring a whole new App store, enabling users to discover apps and games more easily. App Store editors will be able to uncover the stories behind iOS developers with the new in-depth features and interviews.

Also Read- iOS 11: Top 5 features that make the Apple iPhone X special

Augmented Reality-ARKit

iPhone and iPad users will now be able to experience virtual content “on top of real world scenes” with AR apps. The AR-Kit being rolled out to developers will let them use built-in camera, powerful processors and motion sensors in iOS devices for better AR experience.

With the new iOS 11, users will be able to experience AR app on iPhone & iPad devices

Do not Disturb feature

One of the most notable addition to iOS 11 is the ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature that is essential for users who use their devices while driving. The mode can be activated via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and it will help users from getting distracted while driving. The notifications will be disabled but you can auto reply to contacts listed under favourites so that users on other end get notified that you cannot respond.

The all-new Dock for iPad

With the new iOS 11 multitasking on iPad will now become more easier with a new customisable Dock. The Dock will provide quick access to those apps and documents that are frequently used from any screen. Users will also a see redesigned app switcher where they will be able to move between pairs of active apps, used in Split View or Slide over. The new Files app can be synced with other providers like Box, Dropbox and more. A Drag and Drop feature added across iOS 11 on iPad will let users move text and image.

iOS11_iPad_splitviewBesides this iPhone and iPad users will get a redesigned iMessage app and Control Centre. Apple Maps will now bring indoor maps for airports, shopping centres in select cities and it will show ‘detailed floor plans’ of malls as well.

The list of compatible devices

The new iOS 11 will be available on the following compatible Apple devices-

iPhone-  iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, and iPhone 5s.

iPad- 2.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation, 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, and iPad mini 2.

iPod- iPod touch 6th generation.

The new iOS 11 roll out will begin in India at 10:30 PM IST on September 19 i.e., today.

iOS 11 will bring a redesigned iMessage app, App Store
iOS 11 will bring a redesigned iMessage app, App Store