Ap­ple’s Big­gest Sum­mer An­nounce­ments

iPhone Life Magazine - - iPhone LIfe - by the iphone life team

Each June dur­ing Ap­ple's World­wide De­vel­op­ers Con­fer­ence (WWDC), the tech gi­ant lifts the veil to show­case all-new soft­ware fea­tures for our iPhones, iPads, Ap­ple Watches, and Macs. This year's event in­cluded not only a look at iOS 11, watchOS 4, and MacOS High Sierra, but also the un­veil­ing of a whole new line of iMacs, Mac­books, and iPad Pros. The show­stop­per, how­ever, was the HomePod, an Ama­zon Echo and Google Home com­peti­tor that's de­signed to work not only as a vir­tual as­sis­tant, but also as an in­cred­i­ble home sound sys­tem. It's safe to say that Ap­ple is aware of the great ex­pec­ta­tions upon it this year and is show­ing us that it's pre­pared to de­liver in a big way.

iOS 11 High­lights

From a mas­sive Siri up­grade to aug­mented re­al­ity sup­port, we've rounded up every­thing you've been itch­ing to know about iOS 11 and the ex­cit­ing changes it will bring to your iPhone and iPad. While iOS 11 won't of­fi­cially be avail­able un­til the fall, the ad­ven­tur­ous among you can sign up to try the pub­lic beta by vis­it­ing beta.ap­

Aug­mented Re­al­ity Ready

The ru­mors are true—Ap­ple is mak­ing its move into aug­mented re­al­ity. The tech gi­ant an­nounced ARKit at WWDC, a frame­work for de­vel­op­ers to build aug­mented re­al­ity into their apps. The new tools will cre­ate a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence in games

like Poké­mon Go and be­yond, with char­ac­ters and graph­ics that in­ter­act be­liev­ably with the en­vi­ron­ment.

Ma­jor Siri Up­grade

As pre­dicted, Siri's been tak­ing some speech lessons. Thanks to Ap­ple's ma­chine learn­ing magic, Siri sounds bet­ter than ever. With more ad­vanced in­flec­tions, both the male and fe­male voice op­tions sound more nat­u­ral. Siri's also a much bet­ter lis­tener. As you surf on Sa­fari, chat in Mes­sages, search for restau­rants on Maps, or se­lect new music from friends, Siri will learn from your ac­tiv­i­ties and use that in­for­ma­tion to stream­line your ex­pe­ri­ence. Siri will also be able to re­mem­ber the names of lo­ca­tions to of­fer aut­ofill sug­ges­tions across mul­ti­ple apps. Need a quick trans­la­tion from English to Man­darin? Ask Siri and it will re­peat your trans­la­tion back in the se­lected lan­guage. Your in­ter­na­tional trips just got a whole lot eas­ier!

Peer-to-Peer Ap­ple Pay

Ap­ple Pay is ex­pand­ing its hori­zons to al­low peer-to-peer pay­ments. Siri will re­mem­ber con­ver­sa­tions from synced con­tacts through Mail and Mes­sages and will rec­om­mend amounts in Ap­ple Pay. You'll be able to pay your friends di­rectly through the Mes­sages app, ei­ther with amounts rec­om­mended by Siri or your own cus­tom amounts. You'll con­firm all peer-to-peer pay­ments with Touch ID be­fore fi­nal­iz­ing your trans­ac­tions.

Ap­ple Music Gets So­cial, Plus Multi-Room Au­dio

Start­ing this fall, you'll no longer need the same brand of speaker in or­der to string them to­gether for stereo sound. With iOS 11 comes multi-room au­dio, al­low­ing you to play a song on any and all of the wire­less speakers around your house si­mul­ta­ne­ously. The Ap­ple Music app is also get­ting a long-awaited up­date, fi­nally al­low­ing you to view your friends' lis­ten­ing ac­tiv­ity and playlists and con­trol your vis­i­ble con­tent.

Your iPhone Gets Road Savvy

Driv­ing is about to get safer with a new fea­ture that you'll be able to ac­cess even with­out a CarPlay-en­abled ve­hi­cle. The Do Not Dis­turb While Driv­ing fea­ture al­lows users to re­di­rect calls and no­ti­fi­ca­tions while on the road. Your iPhone will au­to­mat­i­cally de­tect when you are in tran­sit and sug­gest Car Mode so that you can drive dis­trac­tion-free. You'll be able to al­low ex­cep­tions for im­por­tant phone calls and texts while fil­ter­ing out un­nec­es­sary no­ti­fi­ca­tions. Car Mode will even send au­to­mated replies to texts let­ting your con­tacts know that you're driv­ing and un­able to re­spond.

Lane guid­ance and speed lim­its are now in­cluded in Ap­ple Maps. You'll be able to see which lane you should be in be­fore you get to a busy in­ter­sec­tion and check your speed even when there are no signs posted in sight. Maps is also mak­ing your shop­ping and air travel eas­ier by in­clud­ing in­ter­ac­tive multi-story maps of most large malls and ma­jor air­ports.

Up­dated Mes­sages App

With iOS 11, your mes­sages will now sync across all your de­vices, al­low­ing you to seam­lessly search, save, delete, and share past con­ver­sa­tions.


Since Ap­ple re­leased fa­cial recog­ni­tion with iOS 10, we've been wish­ing for the abil­ity to sync Faces in the Mac Pho­tos app with the Peo­ple al­bum in the iOS Pho­tos app. We're ex­cited to an­nounce that Ap­ple has granted our wish. Sync­ing will be en­abled, al­low­ing you to more eas­ily cu­rate your pho­tos and find the mem­o­ries you cher­ish.

Speak­ing of mem­o­ries, the Mem­o­ries fea­ture of Pho­tos has been en­hanced as well. Thanks to ma­chine learn­ing, your iPhone will be bet­ter at track­ing and cat­e­go­riz­ing spe­cial oc­ca­sions like sport­ing events and wed­dings, as well as broader cat­e­gories like pets, spe­cific fam­ily mem­bers, and your fa­vorite va­ca­tion spots. Mem­o­ries will use its learn­ing al­go­rithm to se­lect the best pho­tos and videos from each cat­e­gory, al­low­ing seam­less en­joy­ment of all your best mo­ments.

Live Pho­tos is also get­ting a per­for­mance boost. You'll be able to trim your Live pho­tos and se­lect your fa­vorite frame, as well as loop your im­ages to cre­ate unique GIFs.

Con­trol Cen­ter Re­design

Con­trol Cen­ter is an ex­tremely use­ful tool, but we've long wished that the user could choose the tools that ap­pear in it. iOS 11 brings a cus­tom­iz­a­ble, more com­pact Con­trol Cen­ter. More func­tions will have 3D Touch ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and you'll also be able to ad­just bright­ness and vol­ume with slider bars for bet­ter fine tun­ing.

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