APPLE have launched their new iPhone 8 and iPhone X - both of which will run iOS 11, the operating system which has launched TODAY! Unveiled at Apple's new Spaceship HQ, iOS 11 comes with some major new features including phone-to-phone Apple Pay. Here's everything you need to know...
Unveiled at Apple's new Spaceship HQ, iOS 11 comes with some major new features including phone-to-phone Apple Pay. Here's the latest information...
What is iOS 11 and when is it available?
iOS stands for the iPhone Operating System, the main software used to interact with the phone.
iOS 11 was released for download onSeptember 19 (TODAY) while the iPhone 8 is out on September 22.
Brits are now being offered the chance to download and install the software, which went live at 6pm
The much anticipated iPhone X will be released on November 3.
What new features will come with iOS 11?
There will be a new wifi password-sharing feature on Apple's next operating system.
Currently, when a user wants to connect they have to go through the faff of finding the password code before tapping in the complex set of characters.
For now an Apple device running iOS 11 tries to connect to your wifi network for the first time a display saying “Share Your Wifi” will pop up.
Then you can press the “Send Password” button and the other person’s handset will automatically connect to the network.
But 9to5Mac reports the devices need to be near to each other and unlocked for the handy feature to work.
Do Not Disturb While Driving
iPhones will block text messages and social media posts while you’re driving from this autumn thanks to a car safety software upgrade.
The latest iOS 11 operating system will be rolled out with a Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode that hides notifications while you’re behind the wheel.
The software uses Bluetooth or wifi to figure out how quickly you’re moving and if you attempt to view your screen while in motion, you’ll be greeted by a blank screen.
After the tech has been used once, your iPhone will prompt you to launch it whenever it thinks you’re driving – you’ll be able to dismiss the notice if you’re a passenger or on a train or bus.
The feature also auto-replies to texts with messages saying you’re driving although you can select certain contacts who’ll have the option of texting back “urgent” to display their text regardless of the safety app running.
We're hoping Apple will save us from the misery of printing out documents.
The new system features a function which will allow you to scan single or multiple-page documents using your iPad.
You can then annotate the documents using the "mark up feature" and even sign forms on the iPad Pro without having to print them.
Siri gets a new voice
Both male and female versions of Siri will be getting a more natural-sounding voice.
Another exciting addition to the function is a translation feature which lets the user translate English into other languages.
Loop and Bounce photos
The live photo feature is being extended so Apple users can record their own short videos by selecting the Loop and Bounce option.
The fun function uses High Efficiency Image Format to condense the file size of content - which helps prevent your phone storage from getting overloaded.
Long exposure snaps
Travel lovers have already been showing off their incredible holiday snaps using this new iPhone function.
Apple have added a long exposure effect their Photos app, technology that's usually only available on high-end cameras and DSLRs.
The effect works by taking your Live Photos – a feature Apple launched last year – and combining this small video clip with a photo taken at the same time and then merging the two into one still image.
This trick lets you capture moving objects in a whole new light, as fireworks become bright streaks across the sky, car headlights turn into a ribbon of colour and waterfalls take on a ghostly blur.
Here's how to achieve the stunning effect...
- Open up Photos, tap on the image you want to edit and swipe up
- Four preview images will appear called “Live”, “Loop”, “Bounce” and “Long Exposure”
- Tap long “Long Exposure” and after a couple of seconds your Photos app will churn out an incredible work of photographic art… hopefully.
Exclusive iPad features
Those using iOS 11 on their iPad are treated to even more updates.
They will be able to drag and drop files between apps that are running simultaneously in split screen mode.
Switching between them will also be easier than ever, as you can swipe upward to open and close the different applications.
The iOS 11 allows iPad users to use file managers - including iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive.
Apple has announced ARKit as part of iOS 11.
This will allow users to have high-end augmented reality (AR) capabilities in their apps without having to develop the AR system themselves.
It will also improve existing AR software like Pokemon Go.
Which iPhones and iPads can use iOS 11?
The devices that'll be able to update to iOS 11- including the new iPhone 8 - are: