Apple iOS 11 will launch later this year
Apple’s all-new iOS 11 has just been revealed at the company’s WWDC developers conference in San Jose.
This major update, which will be available to download this autumn, features a swathe of improvements including updated Maps, Messages and more intuitive Siri voice search.
There’s also a new way to send money to your friends via Apple Pay and the camera app gets new filters and easier ways to edit images.
But there’s an even better feature to do with photos on your Apple device and it could be one of the most popular extras when iOS 11 gets its official release.
During yesterday’s keynote, Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, revealed that iOS 11 will be able to compress images to much a smaller size than the current the jpeg format.
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Using a new compression called High Efficiency Image Format, the images can be squeezed down in size by almost 50 per cent which not only removes space on the phone but also in the cloud.
In fact Apple states on its website that, ”next-generation compression technology lets you take new photos with the same quality as before at half the file size.”
Along with images, Federighi also announced that videos will also be compressed in iOS 11 reducing even more space that's taken up with content.
Apple is clearly excited about this upcoming release with CEO Tim Cook saying: “Today we’re going to take the world’s best mobile operating system, and turn it up to 11.”
There’s no official release date for iOS 11 although a beta version will be made available later this month for anyone who wants to test it before it’s pushed out for real.
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Craig Federighi revealed that iOS 11 will be able to compress images to much a smaller size
HERE'S SOME OF THE TOP NEW FEATURES IN iOS 11
iPad Becomes Even More Powerful
iOS 11 makes multitasking on iPad even more powerful with a new customisable Dock that provides quick access to frequently used apps and documents from any screen, and a redesigned app switcher makes it easier to move between pairs of active apps, used in Split View and now Slide Over.
The new Files app keeps everything in one place, whether files are stored locally, in iCloud Drive or across other providers like Box, Dropbox and more, and with Drag and Drop available across the system, moving images and text is easier than ever.
Apple Pencil is more deeply integrated into iPad with support for inline drawing and a new Instant Notes feature opens Notes from the Lock Screen by simply tapping Apple Pencil on the display.
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Siri is Even More Useful & More Natural
Siri is now active on 375 million devices and this personal assistant is set to get even more useful.
Using the latest advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence, new male and female voices are more natural and expressive, adjusting intonation, pitch, emphasis and tempo while speaking, and can translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish. Siri extends beyond voice, using on-device learning to deliver more personal experiences and offers suggestions based on personal usage of Safari, News, Mail, Messages and more.
For example, as Siri learns topics or places a user is interested in while browsing Safari, they will be suggested when typing in Mail, Messages and other apps.
Professional Camera & Photos Features
With iOS 11, Portrait Mode images can be taken with optical image stabilisation, True Tone flash and HDR, so every shot looks even more professional.
Live Photos are more expressive with new Loop and Bounce effects that create continuous video loops, while Long Exposure can capture time and movement.
In Photos, Memory movies are optimised to play in both portrait and landscape orientation, and more memories, such as photos of pets or birthdays, are automatically created.
With iOS 11, Apple introduces a new technology called High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) that reduces the file size of every photo taken with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
Pay Friends with Apple Pay
Apple Pay users will be able to make and receive payments with friends and family quickly, easily and securely.
They can send money and get paid right in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone, using the credit and debit cards they already have in Wallet.
When users get paid, they receive the money in their new Apple Pay Cash account. They can use the money instantly to send to someone, make purchases using Apple
Pay in stores, apps and on the web, or transfer it from Apple Pay Cash to their bank account.
Do Not Disturb While Driving
iOS 11 introduces a new way to help drivers stay more focused on the road with Do Not Disturb while driving. iPhone can detect when you may be driving and automatically silence notifications to keep the screen dark.
Users have the option of sending an auto reply to contacts listed in Favourites to let them know they are driving and cannot respond until they arrive at their destination.