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The wait for the iPhone 8 might continue, but the software set to power the next-generation handset has now formally been unveiled.
Debuted during Apple’s WWDC 2017 developer conference, iOS 11 has been revealed with a number of headline-grabbing new features in tow.
Software that will formally roll out to consumers in September, iOS 11 will power a range of existing iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices as well as upcoming devices such as the iPhone 8.
Today we’re going to take the world’s best mobile operating system, and turn it up to 11
Tim Cook, Apple CEO
More than a minor annual update, the new software is filled with features set to change the way you use your devices forever.
These range from improved FaceTime and Siri features, to battery enhancements that will see your existing iPhones and iPads gain improved staying power on a single charge.
“Today we’re going to take the world’s best mobile operating system, and turn it up to 11,” Apple CEO, Tim Cook said in teasing the update.
iOS 11 includes a slew of iPad specific productivity features
As well as introducing all-new features, iOS 11 will refine and update a number of existing features.
One such feature set for an upgrade is Apple Pay, which will build on its device to store and device to online payment options.
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“With Apple Pay there was one feature we still wanted to add, Apple Pay for person-to-person payments,” said Apple’s Senior Vice President for Software, Craig Federighi.
With person-to-person Apple Pay payments, your iPhone and Apple Watch will make it easier to split bills at a restaurant or simply pay back a mate for picking up that round at the bar.
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Payments can be sent directly within the Messages app.
“It’s really simple because it’s built into Messages as an iMessage app” Federighi explained. “If you receive money it goes into your Apple Pay cash card.”
Once received, this money can be spent through Apple Pay, passed on to someone else or moved into your bank account.
Beyond Apple Pay, Siri is another feature set for a number of updates and improvements.
These include enhanced deep learning to better serve up apps and services you’re likely to need at certain points as well as gaining a new, more natural voice to more realistic intonations on certain words.
“Siri understands the context, your interests and how you use your device,” Federighi said.
“Ultimately this lets Siri understand what you’ll want next. In iOS 11, Siri uses on-device learning to learn more about you and your usage.”
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With Siri understanding some 21 languages across 36 different countries, the digital assistant is also gaining basic translation skills.
Translating English to Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish and German, selecting phrases and clicking translate will see your highlighted text read out in that native tongue.
Elsewhere, new Apple Maps tools will make it easier to find your way around shopping centres and airports while CarPlay upgrades will stop you getting distracted while at the wheel by blocking inbound notifications.
This is being backed up with new Apple Music features that let you see what tracks and albums your friends are listening too, and an all new, completely redesigned App Store.
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“The App Store is turning 9 years old and it’s going so well,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.
He added: “We are going to do something we’ve not done before, we’re going to completely redesign it.”
This new look feature will include dedicated Games and Apps tabs, as well as redesigned app pages and even guides to certain popular apps, directly within the App Store.
On top of all this, Apple announced a series of AR enhancements through a developer-focussed AR Kit.
This is backed up by a new AirPlay 2 feature that will enhance your music streaming options.
Despite teasing this mass of new iOS features, Apple won’t let you upgrade your iPhone or iPad just yet.
Instead, the iOS 11 release date has been pencilled in for this autumn, presumably to coincide with the eagerly awaited iPhone 8 launch.
For those unwilling to wait that long, a public beta will be offered up ahead of time.