APPLE have sent tech fans into a frenzy by announcing that they’ll be upgrading their products’ operating systems.
Here’s everything you need to know about the iOS 11 launch, including how to get the update NOW.
What new features will come with iOS 11?
There will be a new Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi network for the first time a display saying “Share Your Wi-Fi” 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 Distrub 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 a 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.
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 solutions such as Pokemon Go.
Which iPhones & iPads can get iOS 11?
The devices that’ll be able to update to iOS 11- including the new iPhone 8 – are:
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5s
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2017)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2015)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad 5th Generation
- iPad 4th gen
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
When will iOS 11 be available?
A ‘beta’ version of iOS 11 has now been released, but you’ll need to sign up to become an official Apple software tester in order to use it.
If you’re interested, just head over to this Apple website to sign up and use an early version of the software.
However, be warned: beta software may contain bugs which have not yet been addressed.
Tech firms often release preliminary operating systems so users can try them out and flag up any problems ahead of the official release date.
If you sign up to join the iOS 11 beta, you’ll also be able to try out new software for Apple’s other products.
When is the official iOS 11 release date?
Currently, Apple have only confirmed iOS 11 will be released in the Autumn.
Some think the update will be launched alongside the highly-anticipated iPhone 8, which is out in September.
Last year, iOS 10 was released to the public on September 13.
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