iOS 11 was announced by Apple on stage during its WWDC developers conference keynote yesterday. "Services in which Apple is weak are likely to drive the bulk of consumer value". Augmented reality is the blending of the physical and virtual worlds. You'll be able to open a second app right from the Dock and have both apps active side by side in Split View or Slide Over. The ARKit will be supported in iOS 11, using the phone's sensors and cameras to offer stabilization in motion-tracking and for ambient lighting estimation. As selling more iPhones becomes a tougher slog, Apple might as well try harder to sell the existing Apple device owners more digital stuff. Apple also detailed that developers can expect faster review times for applications, as well as a new phased releases feature, which will allow developers to trickle out updates to gauge user feedback, before a widespread rollout.
Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the deal at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.
About halfway through Apple's more than two-hour product demonstration on Monday was a moment that wouldn't have raised the heart rates of die-hard technologists but may be the most significant of the announcements Apple made. Navigating the new Control Center makes more sense with a 3D Touch device, as hard-pressing on an icon gets you more options like flashlight brightness or timer duration.
Siri can now speak 21 languages and is available in 36 countries, but the upgraded SiriKit in iOS 11 will not only give her a more natural sounding voice but also give developers the opportunity to access a male version.
Files is an all-new app that is the file manager we've been clamouring for since the iPad first came out. Apple will also have new tools for organizing photos and creating sharable videos.
Apple's updates to its text and communication features include a redesign to the iMessages app drawer to make apps and stickers more accessible to users.
Another, generally clear section inside the App Store was seen by a designer. In addition, Siri will be able to translate English words or phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish.
Indoor maps are coming for shopping malls and airports, and there's now Lane Guidance for when you're using the Maps app for driving.
In an onstage demonstration of ARKit's spatial recognition capabilities, Apple showed an iPhone being used to cast a cup of coffee onto the surface of a real-world table with realistic perspective. The phone will block most notifications to reduce temptations behind the wheel.