iOS 11 : Everything You Need to Know About It

iOS 11 Release Date: The Beta version of the iOS 10 has already been launched. While fans are quite naturally very excited about this upcoming operating system, the critics and the tech gurus are busy finding its pros and cons. But when a new OS launches, it is more important to find out what the operating system has missed out than to find out what it offers. We are not a sceptic, but it gives us an idea what the next iteration of the OS can offer us. So in this article, we will find out what Apple has missed out on their upcoming iOS 10 and will also look for the probable iOS 11 release date, features and specs.

iOS 11 Release Date

iOS 11 Concept

iOS 11 Release Date: What’s Cooking Inside

The biggest question regarding iOS 11 is when the OS will be released globally? What will be the probable iOS 11 release date? Well, if we notice Apple’s trend, they launch a new OS in the third or fourth quarter of the year. iOS 10 Beta has been released in July 2016 while it will be officially launched in the second week of September. So, we are hopeful that the upcoming iOS version will also follow the same pattern. The iOS 11 Beta is expected to release in July 2017 while the iOS 11 release date may fall in the second week of September 2017.

iOS 11 Features: What Can be Expected in it

Huge Siri Update

With each iteration, Apple is updating Siri, the computer program which works as a personal assistant and knowledge navigator. In the iOS 10 too, Apple has incorporated some major changes in Siri. Like, for the first time Apple has launched this personal assistant on Mac. But apart from that, the US-based tech conglomerate has also opened up Siri for the 3rd-party developers. That means, users will be now able to activate the non-Apple apps and can instruct them through voice control.  Like you can instruct Siri things like “Send a WeChat to Nancy saying I’ll be five minutes late.'” Or Siri will now even understand if you order “Tell Nancy I’ll be five minutes late with WeChat,”

iOS 11 Features

Apart from WeChat, Siri is now compatible with other chat apps like Slack and WhatsApps, cab ride services like ride-hailing services like Lyft, Uber, and Didi in China. Moreover, you can now instruct Siri to search photos via apps like Pinterest and Shutterfly. You can use your voice to start, stop or pause fitness workouts with RunKeeper, MapMyRun or Runtastic. So we are expecting iOS 11 will be compatible with more apps such as Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat and much more. Even we are expecting that you will be able to play popular games like Pokemon Go.

Enhanced Virtual Reality Experience

Virtual Reality is the next big thing in the technological world and plenty of VR headsets currently ruling the market. Google has left Apple far behind in the VR-compatibility and even planning to launch the Daydream VR with the upcoming Android N.

On the other hand, Apple is still struggling to cope up with this latest technology. Even with the iOS 10, there is no sign of a dedicated VR service to come with this current operating system. So we hope iOS 11 will fully embrace the technology and will come with a VR service.

Don’t Miss: iOS 11 Compatibility Guide 

More Secured Apple Pay

Apple Pay is the digital wallet and mobile payment service launched by Apple for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone SE, and later handsets. This payment service can also be availed from Apple Watch-compatible devices, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. We have also mentioned the probable Apple WatchOS 4 Release Date in this blog, and you can feel free to read that article and give us your opinion on that.

But the biggest problem with Apple Pay is its security measure. The modern day hackers have already figured out how to steal consumer information on debit and credit cards from the PoS terminals. Although Apple Pay uses a different mechanism and does not store customer credit card information on retailers servers, it is not at all unbreachable. Apple uses tokenization technique in the Apple Pay which stores the credit card information in an encrypted form on a chip, but it is very much possible to hack. So we hope Apple will come up with even stronger security measures in the iOS 11.

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Introduction of the Doze-Mode

Google with their Android M OS, introduced the ‘Doze Mode’ which helps to save the handset’s battery when it is stationary, and the screen is off. In the Android N, Google has updated the Doze-Mode even more and now it is smart enough to notice when your phone is in your pocket or bag for a prolonged period and automatically turn on the battery saving features.

With each passing day, the battery life of a smartphone is being hailed as the most major and concerning issue. As Apple has not launched a handset with more than 3000mAh battery capacity, it is essential for Apple to welcome this Doze Mode in the iOS 11.

Switching Quick Settings

In iOS 10, Apple is going to update the Control Center to make it more customizable, user-friendly and easier to fiddle with the iPhone settings through a few taps. But the tech conglomerate is still not giving the users the full authority to personalise the handset as their wish, like on iOS 10, you will always notice the Airplane Mode first. On the other hand, Google is giving the full freedom to its users to personalise the Control Center. The Android 7 users will be able to switch the first option to Cast, Bluetooth, Flashlight or whatever the user wish to select. So we hope iOS 11 will give the users the full freedom to switch between quick settings.

Reply Directly from the Notifications

The motto of a Smartphone is to save your time and do your works smartly. Giving reply directly from the notification certainly, falls under this criterion. Google has already launched this service and now the Android users can reply directly from the notification, without opening the app. Apple has incorporated this service only for the iMessage, but we hope in the iOS 11 the users will be able to do the same for Messenger or WhatsApp too.

iOS 11 Beta

Other Possible iOS 11 Features

  • The iOS 11 may come with better Camera API which will be able to recognise code from multiple apps. Like iOS 10 is not able to recognise the Snapchat code currently, but with iOS 11 it might be possible.

  • Another major feature iOS 11 may offer to its users is the facility of multiple users to access the iPad. Currently, only one user can access the iPad, which may not be the case with iOS 11.

  • The tech gurus are hopeful that iOS 11 will facilitate the family members to share a common iCloud account.

  • Now, only one user can access an iOS device with the Touch ID fingerprint, but we hope iOS 11 will come with multiple Touch ID fingerprints for a single device.

  • iOS 11 may allow the iPad Pro to run a light version of Xcode to program in Swift and test immediately on iPad.

  • It may introduce the Smart Sleep feature along with the Lyrics Support, Equalizer Support, Custom EQ feature for each song.

  • It may decrease the number of apps on iPad and also comes with a true desktop-like interface.

  • Apple has introduced Siri-influenced QuickType keyboard which is capable of distinguishing what a user is saying and what computers usually think the user is saying, intelligently, but they have not introduced a full sized keyboard on iPad, yet. So, iOS 11 may introduce a full sized keyboard for the iPad too.

  • The user may customise the App Launchpad on the iPad run by iOS 11. The move, resize, drag to the corner for maximising options will be introduced with it.

  • iOS 11 may come with an Adaptive Dark User Interface across system and user apps for better night viewing. Also, the iOS 11 enabled iPhones may be introduced with the AMOLED display for better resolution and battery consumption.

  • iOS 11 may introduce the 3D Touch Speed Dial feature for the iPhones.

  • To tighten the security measure, this OS will ask for the Fingerprint verification to enable changes in settings.

  • It may appear with a new iCloud interface with better controls across multiple iOS devices.

  • It may come with a redesigned Spotlight search with Search API to develop custom quick search options. The Spotlight will also be enabled from anywhere using a double swipe from the top.

iOS 11 Latest News & Updates

1>iOS 11 to incorporate FaceTime Group Video Calls

If we follow the trend of the release dates of the previous iOS, we can expect that the upcoming iOS 11 will make its debut in 5th June, during the WWDC 2017 event. And Apple is shifting their focus to incorporate more ‘social elements’ in this upcoming operating system. According to the latest news and reports, the Cupertino-based tech giant is planning to update FaceTime with support for group calling in iOS 11.

Among the new features, we will witness in the iOS 11, the most prolific one would be the FaceTime group video calls. Through this FaceTime group video calling feature, multiple users can avail the video service at a time and the app will allow you to add up to five people to your call. Apart from it, there is also a possibility that the iOS 11 will let its users to start a video call from a group conversation in iMessage.

2> Apple indicates dropping support for 32-bit apps in iOS 11

It is almost sure that Apple will introduce some new features when they will launch the upcoming iOS 11 software in the coming June. But reports also suggest that they are going to omit some. According to the recent news, the US-based tech conglomerate is planning to drop support for 32-bit apps in iOS 11. Peter Steinberger, a renowned developer first break the news of Apple dropping 32-bit support and tweeted the pop-up message he discovered while using the beta version of iOS 10.3.

Even in iOS 10, a message appears on the user’s screen while opening the 32-bit apps which states that, “the app will slow down an iPhone/iPad.  The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility.” But in the iOS 10.3 beta, the message reads that, “the app needs to be updated. This app will not work with future versions of iOS. The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility.”

As the current iOS 10.3 beta is no longer supporting the 32-bit applications and displaying an error message which clearly states the app will not work anymore, we are sure that the forthcoming iOS 11 will stop supporting the 32-bit apps altogether.

Wrap Up

Folks, we hope you have liked this one stop article on iOS 11. Although it is very early to predict the iOS 11 release date and the iOS 11 features, but as we have done plenty of research on Apple and particularly on their Operating System, we are very much confident that our guesses will turn into reality, eventually. So keep glued to our website for more updates.