For the casual, non-nerdy users the Apple WWDC 2017 drew the most attention for the all-new iOS 11 – the next iteration of the iPhone and iPad OS. For the latest edition of the operating system, Apple has brought in a slew of improvements and features (some of which have existed on the rival platform since ages), enhanced support for the new Apple Pencil, along with a radical new ARKit framework that supports augmented reality-based apps and experiences. Here are all the necessary details you need to know before the iOS 11 is rolled out to the masses. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
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The Developer Preview of iOS 11 has been released and the public beta will be available later this month. The more stable version of the iOS 11 will be rolled out this fall as a free update to compatible iOS devices. Also Read - Apple sells more iPads in early 2021 than ever, grows along with Samsung
With every new iteration of the iOS, older models of hardware become incompatible. The upcoming iOS 11 will also function with a select number of devices. In smartphones, the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus,
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, and iPhone 5s are compatible. As this year marks the anniversary of the iPhone, it is possible for the upcoming iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and the rumored iPhone 8 to run the newest iOS 11. ALSO READ: WWDC 2017: Here are the top features of iOS 11
As for the iPad, the iOS 11 will be supported on 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro
1st generation, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, and the iPad mini 2. It will further be supported on the iPod touch 6th generation.
Smarter Siri: With the iOS 11, Apple has made Siri even smarter. The voice-based digital assistant now gets a translation feature for different languages including Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. It will further offer contextual suggestions for Safari, News, Mail, Messages, and more. ALSO READ: Apple iMac Pro: Top features that make it the most powerful Mac ever
Improved Apple Maps: You will soon be able to find your way around an airport or a shopping mall. iOS 11 has been added with a new indoor mapping feature that allows for navigation in large public places other than just being specific to roads.
Support for AR: Apple is bringing augmented reality to iOS 11 with the new ARKit for developers. The framework allows developers to build AR-based apps, experiences, games, etc. for the iPhone and iPad.
Customizable dock: The iOS 11 also brings a customizable dock to the iPad based on frequently used apps or documents. The app switcher can thus be redesigned to move between active apps. ALSO READ: Apple iOS 11 with ARKit to turn iPhones, iPads into largest AR platform : Is it the future of Mixed Reality?