Apple looks set to announce iOS 11 at WWDC next week
Apple's WWDC developers conference gets underway on Monday with the US technology giant expected to reveal its new iOS 11 operating system.
iOS 11 won't arrive on devices until the Autumn but here's eight things we really hope Apple includes in its next major update.
1. CUSTOMISABLE HOME SCREEN
Apple’s iconic home screen has been packed with apps since the first iPhone launched 10 years ago.
Although this classic design still works well, many users now want the option to customise the way their phone looks when it’s switched on.
Concepts have shown how cool this new feature could look with the ability to make certain apps and info bigger on the display.
Android users have long been able to add widgets, such as weather and web searches, to their device's home screen and we’re sure Apple users would welcome the change.
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2. BETTER BATTERY LIFE
Apple has already improved battery life in recent years and the iPhone is still one of the market leaders when it comes to power.
But many heavy users would still like to see their iPhones last a little longer.
Apple may increase the size of the battery in their next flagship phone but a software update could also add some extra hours to its life.
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Although the iPhone has a Low Power Mode some of the competition have gone a step further and now include extreme power saving.
This turns the screen black and white and switches off all but essential features.
Until a new power source is developed, battery life is always going to be an issue for smartphones, but extending it for a few hours would be a major advantage to millions of iPhone users.
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3. SPLIT THE SCREEN
Apple’s iPads and Macs all have it so why can’t the iPhone have a split screen option.
This dual display layout means you can surf the web on one side of your phone and tweet on the other.
With Apple’s 6s, 6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus now having much bigger displays it would make sense for Apple to finally let users have double the options loaded on their screens.
4. DARK MODE
The inclusion of a Dark Mode on the iPhone has been rumoured for a while.
Some thought that it would make an appearance in later versions of iOS 10 but so far Apple hasn’t revealed this option.
Dark Mode would reportedly turn the screen black, see image below, with text appearing in white on the display.
This would help people use their devices in dark places, such as cinemas and theatres, without being blinded by the bright white of the screen or disturbing others around them.
Apple could include a Dark Mode in iOS 11
5. CUSTOMISE THE CONTROL CENTRE
Swiping up to reveal the Control Centre is a hugely useful feature.
This simple command reveals a access to a number of usual functions including timers, torch and the calculator.
However, many Apple users would like to be able to customise what can be placed in the Control Centre menu and this would be a nice addition to iOS 11.
6. SWIPE TO UNLOCK
Apple ditched the ability to ‘Swipe to Unlock’ when it announced iOS 10 last year but many users miss it.
Although the Touch ID fingerprint scanner is still the fastest and most efficient way to access an iPhone, swiping to get to the home screen always felt like a natural option.
Could iOS 11 include the option to customise the Control Centre?
7. ALWAYS ON DISPLAY
Many of Apple’s Android rivals now include an always-on display and it’s an incredibly useful feature.
Showing the time, date and some notifications on the screen at all times makes real sense and it’s something many would like to see arrive on the iPhone.
Some smartphone manufacturers aren’t keen on the always-on concept as it can affect battery life but it would be nice to put the option in the hands of users.
8. MORE iMESSAGE ANIMATIONS
Apple first introduced its iMessage effects and animations in iOS 10.
This feature allows users to add a number of effects and breath new life into the standard blue iMessage bubbles
It’s a popular addition but we’d like to see more of these cool effects launching in iOS 11.