iOS 11 Update: What To Expect

It’s hard to believe, but this will be the eleventh iteration of iOS. And 2017’s iPhone are shaping up to be rather spectacular. Word on the street suggests there will be three new models in total; the most expensive will be where all the big changes happen, such as OLED panels, advanced imaging technologies and improved screen resolutions.

iOS 11: Preview & Release Dates

It’s almost certain iOS 11 will be previewed in June 2017. Why? Because Junes is usually when Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference kicks off. Like clockwork every year Apple has previewed the new version of iOS during the keynote of each WWDC.

Developers can expect to get their hands on the first beta of iOS 11 on the day of the keynote. As for consumers: usually they need to wait until mid-September when development has wrapped up completely.

iOS 11: The End of 32-Bit Support?

The arrival of iOS 11 could spell bad news for those running 32-bit iPhones. Apple might stop supporting 32-bit applications inside iOS 11, meaning those with anything older than an iPhone 5s WILL NOT be able to download the software.

iOS 11 – Group FaceTime Calls

FaceTime has, of course, become successful in its lifespan, but it has yet to truly rival Skype. Perhaps one of the reasons for this has been a lack of group video chat in any previous versions, but rumors now suggest that Apple will indeed include this function in iOS 11.

These murmurings have come out of Israel, with sources familiar with the iOS development process citing the fact that Apple is working on including this in the operating system right now.

iOS 11: Dark Mode

App developer Andrew Wiik has already identified a so-called Dark Mode for the settings app running in iOS Simulator. This suggests that the feature will later migrate to the iOS 11 operating system. Dark interfaces could help reduce the power consumption of the display, which coupled with the new OLED technology could result in significant performance improvement.

iOS 11: Video-Sharing App

Bloomberg previously reported that Apple is working on software that would enable video-sharing and editing within iOS. This would be a pretty big deal were it to emerge in iOS 11, yet the smart money is on precisely this occurring. The team behind iMovie and Final Cut Pro are believed to be centrally involved in delivering this functionality, and the finished product is expected to have a particular emphasis on social networking.

iOS 11: Contacts

iOS 11 will also introduce new integrated social features into the Contacts application. Central to this will be enabling users to view text messages, emails and social media interactions with contacts within a single window.

iOS 11: Media Continuity

The Continuity feature for Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple Watch enables Apple users to switch seamlessly between devices. While this is compatible with the vast majority of inbuilt Apple software, it is not currently possible with Apple Music, Podcasts or iTunes. But reports from close to Apple suggest that this will become a major feature of iOS 11.

iOS 11: Voicemail transcription

All consumer electronics technology is increasingly being focused on smarter working, with Samsung finally unveiling its own artificial intelligence software for release in 2017. With this in mind, Apple will step up the transcription of voicemail in iOS 11, with this having previously been labelled as a beta feature in iOS 10. iOS 11 will deliver increased accuracy in this software, improving its viability in real world settings.

iOS 11: Drone And Indoor Mapping Data

The technology landscape is becoming increasingly varied and complex, and part of this diverse picture is the introduction of drones and navigation technology. Apple has been assessing this developing technology carefully, and is now ready to utilize its own drones to improve the Maps app.

According to reports, Apple plans to fly drones in order to monitor changes in roads and to determine construction zones. Data will be continually updated in the navigation app by the team working on Apple Maps. Although Apple still has some catching up to do with Google in this area, it seems committed to delivering the best software possible, and this process will continue to develop with iOS 11.

iOS 11: Siri updates

Siri is undoubtedly one of the jewels in the Apple crown, and it is this which has prompted the aforementioned Samsung program Bixby. But it seems that the Californian corporation is working on improvements to the software for iOS 11, and essential to this will be ensuring that it includes a more natural sounding voice. Additionally, iOS 11 will also add support for voice commands to a wide range of social apps, with the likes of Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat benefiting.

iOS 11: Control Center Customization

This was anticipated for iOS 10, but it failed to come to fruition. Many consumers will hope that Apple follows through and adds Control Center customization in the eleventh version of iOS.

iOS 11: iMessage For Android

Finally, one of the most intriguing rumors linked with iOS 11 is the idea that Apple will release the iMessage software for Android. The advantages of this will be manifold for the consumer electronics giant, but above all else it will make it easier for iPhone and iPad users to communicate with friends that utilize other Android-driven platforms.

Google Hangouts can be set as the default messaging app for Android and this is also compatible with both iOS and web-based technology. This, it is clearly plausible for this to be achieved with the eleventh version of iOS, and it is indeed expected to occur.