iOS makes the lifeline of iPhones
iOS 11 is ranked among the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. The OS can take any challenge head on and promises to rank in the top. Like every other update, iOS 11.4 has brought new features into the armory. The introduction of augmented reality and ClassKit support has taken iOS to an all-new level.
Right now, iOS is standing at a very unputdownable turn. From iPhone 5S to iPhone X, every Apple device’s latest version is iOS 11. The Cupertino based company has recently released the newest version of its OS, iOS 11.4. With iOS 11, iPhone and iPad are the smartest devices around.
Today, I will be focusing upon all the iOS 11 features. Though some features may vary from region to region, but most of the mentioned features are supported across the Apple devices.
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Going down the lane, I will also be running through the upcoming iOS 12. Going with the flow, Apple officially announced the upcoming iOS 12 on June 4th at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). iOS is set to launch later this year but it won’t cloud the iOS 11 success. Thus it will be intriguing to see the blend of iOS 11 in iOS 12.
Files: In iOS 11, you can easily browse, search, and organize all your files in one place. Most importantly, there’s a dedicated place for your recent files, those on your iPad as well as in apps, on your other iOS devices, in iCloud Drive and across other services like Box, Dropbox, and OneDrive.
The New Dock: The new Dock is a feature that is available from any screen. So with just a swipe, you can open and switch apps instantly. And you can customize it with more of your favorite ones. You can effortlessly juggle among apps you’ve opened recently and apps that are currently open on your iPhone or Mac appear in the right side of the Dock.
Multitasking: iOS 11 makes it easier to multitask. You can open a second app directly from the Dock and both apps remain active in Slide Over as well as Split View. You can drag the second app in Slide Over to the left. And you can get back to your favorite App Spaces in the redesigned App Switcher.
Drag and Drop: Drag and Drop allow you to move text, photos, and files from one app to another. And because it’s been designed for the large Multi-Touch display of iPad, moving them around is pure magic. You can touch and move anything anywhere on the screen.
Apple Pencil: iOS 11 makes Apple Pencil for iPad more versatile and natural than ever. It’s more useful for all kinds of tasks, such as taking notes, getting work done or simply being creative.
Instant Markup: Now you can mark up a PDF or screenshot faster and more easily. Just pick up your Apple Pencil, touch it to the screen, and start writing.
Instant Notes: Simply tap your Apple Pencil on the Lock screen and start taking notes immediately. Whatever you create is saved in the Notes app.
Inline Drawing: When you begin to draw or jot down something in Notes, the text around it can automatically move aside. And now handwritten words in Notes are searchable. It all happens on your device, so your private information stays that way. You can also add inline drawings in Mail.
Scan and Sign: The new Document Scanner in Notes automatically senses and scans a document, crops the edges, and removes any tilt or glare. Further, you can fill in the blanks or sign it with Apple Pencil, then save or share it easily.
QuickType keyboard: Keyboard is now simpler than ever; no more switching back and forth. All the letters, numbers, symbols and punctuation marks are now all on the same keyboard. Just flick down on a key to quickly select what you need.
Apple made sure to bring all the wealth of iOS 11 to its other platforms also. Here, I will focus upon iOS features that were reflected on iPhone. Take a stroll.
Live Photos: This feature is one of the best of all. You can turn a photo into a fun video loop. You just need to choose an image or let Photos suggest which ones would make great loops. Once selected, enjoy the result.
New Camera Filters: Apple is always quick on adding camera filters to its devices because you can’t swim against the tide. The new filters in iOS 11 are inspired by classic photography styles. The new Portrait photos are more expressive than ever. Also, the Skin tones are more natural. Further, the next-generation compression technology lets you take new photos with the same quality as before at half the file size.
The all-new App Store: The App Store has been redesigned from the ground to help you discover new apps and games you can’t live without. You’ll see daily stories by experts, a dedicated Games tab, lists for all kinds of apps and much more.
Messages in iCloud: With Messages in iCloud, you can set up a brand-new iPhone or iPad and easily access your entire Messages history. Delete a message, photo or conversation on one device, and it’s automatically removed from all of them. As everything is stored in iCloud, it will help you to save space on all your devices.
Upgraded Siri: iOS 11 intelligent assistant is one step up. Through advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence, Siri can send a message, set a timer, and much more. It learns on your device and is able to anticipate what you want, and makes suggestions before you ask.
Apple Music: Now you can stream anything in the Apple Music collection on all your devices, that too with ads. Just download albums, tracks, and music videos to your personal library and play them offline. Furthermore, you can start your free three-month trial and cancel it anytime.
AirPlay 2: iOS 11 brings you AirPlay 2 that offers full control of your home audio system and the speakers throughout your house. You can play a song in the living room and your kitchen at the same time. The volume can be adjusted accordingly.
Control Centre: iOS 11 lets you customize the redesigned Control Centre so you can change the settings for the things you do mostly. For example, if you wish to dim the lights in the dining room, simply add Home controls or use 3D Touch in Control Centre to unlock even more commands.
Do Not Disturb: A much-needed feature in all the devices but Apple gets you first. Your iPhone can now sense when you might be driving and help keep you from being distracted by calls, text messages and notifications. People trying to message you can automatically be notified that you’re driving. That’s cool.
Maps: Wondering sometimes is cool but keep looking for signs and directions on the roads can be annoying. Apple has brought a whole lot of new features in the iOS 11 that includes detailed maps of hundreds of major airports and shopping centers around the world. Find out the nearest restaurants with ease.
QuickType keyboard: While coming out of the shopping mall, you can compromise on the dress or suit that you have bought just now, neither you want to ignore a text from your boss. iOS 11 has simplified itself for such a situation; touch and hold the emoji or globe key, select one-handed typing and the keys will instantly move closer to your thumb. Now walk with your iPhone in one hand and the shopping bags in other.
Automatic Setup: Do you have to customize everything after smartphone purchase. Invest in an iPhone and throw such a concern to the wind. Just hold your new iPhone or iPad near an iOS device to sign in with your Apple ID automatically. Many of your personal settings, preferences, and content will be quickly and securely imported.
Notifications On The Lock screen: The Lock screen is more engaging in iOS 11. To get to all your notifications, just swipe up from anywhere on the screen. At a glance, you can see both your recent and missed notifications in one place.
Now lets shift focus towards iOS 12, the new much-awaited OS from Apple. From launching the camera to simple typing, everything is going to get revolutionized. Every small change will affect the overall performance all the way back to iPhone 5s and iPad Air.
Whatever it may be, Apple will concentrate on the performance that makes the backbone of any smartphone. Let’s have a look at the features that Apple has promised to bring in the upcoming OS.
FaceTime: With iOS 12, FaceTime now supports video and audio with up to 32 people at once. To help you to stay in the conversation all through the while, the screen of the person speaking will get larger automatically. You can start Group FaceTime directly from a group thread in Messages or join an active one at any time.
Memoji: You can say, it’s like Animoji on the steroid. Through Memoji, you can easily create a picture to match your personality and mood. You can make as many Memojis to use in Messages and FaceTime.
Animoji: Thankfully, Apple didn’t forget about Animoji. Animoji got four new characters; koala, tiger, ghost or T. rex. It will assist you to inject some fun into your next Messages thread or FaceTime call on iPhone X.
Camera Effects: Camera effects can never be sidelined as people are into photography more than ever. With iOS, you can add personality to Messages and FaceTime directly from the in-app camera. Moreover, you can create and share a photo or video with Animoji, Memoji, cool filters, animated text effects, fun stickers and more.
Augmented Reality: ARKit 2 makes it possible for developers to create more immersive augmented reality experiences, even ones that multiple people can experience simultaneously. AR objects can now be sent with Messages and Mail, then viewed in the real world. And a new AR app in iOS called Measure helps you measure real-world objects just by pointing your camera at them.
Screen Time: I was missing a feature that would let us know about the time we are spending on our devices and Apple rightly tapped on it. Screen Time is a new feature that helps give you a better understanding of the time you and your kids spend using apps, visiting websites on your devices overall. So, you can make the most of how you choose to spend time on your iPhone or iPad.
Notifications: On an average, a user has five to ten apps on the device. If someone asks me about the same, my answer will be 15 (that’s more than an average user). The apps on the device are directly proportional to the number of notifications we receive on our device (apart from the one that we receives from our network operator). Therefore, keeping in mind, Apple refined the notification feature that will help the user to manage the notifications in a better way. The user can manage all the notifications from the Lock screen itself and can stay away from constant buzzing.
Do Not Disturb: iOS 12 brings you a smart “Do Not Disturb” mode. If you don’t want to get distracted by unwanted alerts, messages or calls during a particular time, set on this feature and the feature will automatically turn on as soon as your event starts or you enter that place.
Photo Sharing: This feature will change the way you browse your photo library. The newly added “For You” tab depicts great insights of the library and suggests sharing photos with the people in them. And if the recipients are using iOS 12, they’ll be prompted to share their photos from the event with you too.
Photo Search: Search suggestions are a new way to help you find the exact photo you’re looking for, or rediscover a great one you forgot about. Even before you start typing, you’ll see suggestions for recent events, people and places. And as you type, the results are smarter and more powerful, and you can refine them by adding multiple keywords.
Siri Shortcuts: Siri can now intelligently pair your daily routines with third-party apps to suggest convenient shortcuts exactly when you need them. If you pick up a newspaper on way to your office, Siri will add it to your routine and suggest you pick it up at the same time next day. You can also run shortcuts with your voice or create your own with the new Shortcuts app.
Privacy: The brightest spot in iOS 12 will be the privacy. In the recent while, many instances occurred where user privacy went up for a toss and due to the same reason, people have become better apprised about the user’s policy and how the data is going to be shared. Therefore, apart from offering standard security measures, iOS 12 brings with built-in encryption, on-device intelligence, and other tools that let you share what you want on your terms. Also, Safari now prevents Share buttons and comment widgets on web pages from tracking you without your permission.
All the devices that could run iOS 11 can also run iOS 12. Following are the devices that are covered under the new OS:
iPad Pro (10.5), iPad Pro (12.9, 2017)
iPad 2017, iPad 2018
iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4
iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7,
iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X
iPod touch (sixth generation)
Apple made the iOS 12 first preview available in the WWDC event. Currently, Apple has released the beta and pre-release testing versions of iOS 12. This help the company to make any changes prior to its official launch. After extensive trials and testings, the next version of iOS will hit Apple devices in the autumn of 2018. Till then, wait patiently.