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Apple Introduces iOS 11

A bunch of incremental updates for your mobile device

Along with High Sierra, Apple also introduced the newest update to their long-running mobile operating system: iOS 11. Just like last year iOS 11 is a collection of small improvements to the mobile operating system rather than a full overhaul, mainly concentrating on improving Siri and how your phone syncs and handles data across the board.

First off, Siri. Google’s made tremendous leaps with Assistant and its machine-learning enhancements, so it only makes sense that Apple follow suit with their own virtual assistant. Siri’s gotten smarter, and is now able to use machine learning to try and predict suggestions and language that you need when browsing and checking your messages, and also now gets automatic translation native to its voice interface.

There’s now a redesigned app drawer for iOS 11 for better discovery, and you can now use Apple Pay to send money to individuals via iMessage, not just to stores and merchants.

Apple also tweaked the camera app so you can get better snaps with the cameras on the iPhones, and added new effects to spice your photos up as you take them. You can now also get the perfect GIF thanks to machine learning, as well as get looped video that you can share to social media, similar to Instagram’s Boomerang feature. The company is also adding HEVC and HEIF compression so you can fit more photos and videos into the limited space in your phone.

Apple’s also adding more detail to its Maps software, even offering lane guidance for better navigation when driving. There’s also a new Do Not Disturb While Driving feature that blocks notifications from entering your phone unless it’s absolutely necessary, which frees you from distractions when behind the wheel.

The App Store will also be getting an update in iOS 11, with a greater emphasis on discovering new apps and slicker visuals.

The new update is scheduled to launch in the fall alongside the new iPhones.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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