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iOS eleven vs iOS 10: what’south new and what’s cool

You can tell a lot about Apple past the mood of its keynotes, and WWDC 2017 was a doozy: in that location was so much to encompass that Tim Cook didn’t even have time to evidence us graphs about how brilliant Apple is.

Instead we were pummelled with announcements, and the almost important ones may well exist the ones about iOS 11: after all, it’s the operating system of Apple’s time to come.

Since our first await at the OS at that place have been various betas and other large Apple news in the form of the iPhone 10, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but now iOS 11 is finally bachelor in finished course.

So… how much better is the new software than iOS 10?

iOS 11: release date

iOS 11 is available now. The final version was pushed out to iOS devices on September xix. If you don’t have it yet you can manually check for updates from the Settings card.

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iOS xi vs iOS 10: can y’all get it?

Bad news for old iPhones and iPads: the move to fully 64-flake computing in iOS eleven ways that pre-Air iPads, the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5C will be stuck on iOS 10 whether you want to upgrade or not.

Apps that haven’t been upgraded to 64-scrap will no longer piece of work on iOS xi, just developers have known almost this for a couple of years, then it shouldn’t affect many of your favorites.

iOS xi vs iOS 10: iPad

For all Tim Melt’due south conversation about loving the Mac, it’s clear that the future of personal Macs is iPad-shaped.

iOS 10 updated the Split View and Safari Split View that appeared in iOS 9, enabling something akin to multitasking. That’southward been refined much further in iOS 11.

The Dock has room for many more apps and doubles as an app switcher, and you lot can at present elevate and drop from one window to another – so you might driblet an iCloud or Dropbox document from the new Files app into Post, or from a Safari folio to a Pages document. The lines between iOS and macOS are getting awfully blurry.

The combination of iOS 10, the Apple tree Pencil and Markup on the iPad Pro opened up all kinds of possibilities for document creation and editing.

In iOS 11 that has been taken even further, with congenital-in certificate scanning and conversion, improved markup with inline drawings, and excellent handwriting recognition that enables you to search your scribbles.

You can also get writing faster, equally you tin can now jot down notes straight from the lock screen.

There’s an improved keyboard too, which you can swipe to access numbers and punctuation instead of having to switch keyboard mode.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: Siri

Siri in iOS 10 gained new powers: instead of being limited to Apple’s ain apps, it was available to third-party app developers also.

That meant yous could book an Uber or send a bulletin past voice. That third-political party API has been widened in iOS 11 to include note-taking apps, chore management apps, QR codes and fifty-fifty online banking.

Y’all’ve no incertitude seen the HomePod, the Siri-powered rival to the Amazon Repeat and Google Abode. Merely there’s more to Siri in iOS 11 than a few more apps and a speaker.

The new, more realistic voices for Siri come with extra intelligence too, courtesy of motorcar learning technology – a phrase we heard quite a lot during the keynote.

Read near a holiday destination in Safari and Siri suggests it as a topic for you to follow in the news app, or as an autosuggestion in Messages.

Siri can translate between languages, and offers multiple results to queries. Siri learns what you lot’re interested in and how you use your device to better understand context, and that learning is shared (privately) across all your Apple devices.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: Camera and Photos

iOS 10’due south Photos app got a bold new blueprint and some important new features, such as the ability to automatically categorize photos and recognize faces.

The Memories feature is particularly absurd, automatically creating videos from photos, Live Photos and video clips based on an event or theme.

Photos in iOS 11 takes those features and refines them further. You can edit Live Photos to create perfect piffling loops or just alter which frame is the still image, and y’all can add long-exposure effects to a Live View image – for example to blur water – with a single tap.

The Memories feature can identify primal events such as weddings and sporting events, and can automatically find the best pictures and videos for each. It’ll as well automatically reformat presentations if y’all rotate your device.

Apple has too addressed another primal consequence that plagues phones running iOS 10 at the moment: photo and video storage.

iOS 11 introduces ii new file formats for video and photography respectively: HEVC for video and HEIF for images.

Both promise the same paradigm quality in half the file size, and you lot’ll be able to export in formats that other platforms can understand.

Apple’s also launched ARKit, its new platform for augmented reality apps – think Pokemon Get for everyday apps, and if developers embrace it that could mean a whole world of fun in future apps.

iOS 11 vs iOS x: Control Center, HomeKit and Multi-Room Audio

In iOS 10 the Control Eye became a multi-screen task with the standard controls on one carte du jour, HomeKit devices on another and music controls on a third. That’south changed significantly in iOS 11, with the entire Command Centre fitting on a single screen.

Everything’s tappable, and 3D touch brings up farther options and/or larger controls.

It’s a vast comeback on something that’southward been bugging united states of america for months, and it’s as well good news for automated-home fans, who can benefit from iOS 11’southward new AirPlay 2 protocol and multi-room audio.

Sonos is conspicuously absent from the list of partners so far, but we’re certain the brand volition become on board eventually.

iOS xi vs iOS 10: Maps

There weren’t many changes in iOS 9’s Maps app, but iOS 10 introduced a cleaner, clearer interface, live traffic data, zoom views for junctions and proactive notifications, which can suggest routes or destinations based on your interests.

Now iOS 11 adds the much-requested speed limits and lane guidance, as well as something actually interesting: indoor maps. So far it’s simply for malls in eight cities and a few dozen airports, but Apple promises “hundreds more” to come.

If like us you find iOS 10 a lilliputian too chatty when you lot’re driving – do y’all really need that Tinder update or eBay dispatch notification? – you’ll like iOS 11’s new Do Non Disturb While Driving feature, which is designed to promote in-car safe.

Every bit you’d expect it doesn’t disturb you when you’re driving, but y’all can configure it to ship auto-replies or to allow specific people through. It uses Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi (using a Doppler Outcome) to observe move and forbid distractions.

iOS xi vs iOS 10: Messages and Apple Pay

Messages got a major revamp in iOS 10: not just a new interface, but integrated third-party apps and stickers to brand your messages popular or annoy the boss.

It looks much the same in iOS eleven, but the app drawer has been redesigned for clarity, and the bachelor apps at present include Apple Pay.

That means you can transport or asking money from friends without leaving the Messages app, and if you’re requesting cash information technology’ll even fill up in the corporeality for y’all.

Incoming funds are stored on your Apple Pay greenbacks card and can be spent unremarkably or withdrawn to your banking concern.

With iOS 10, your letters are stored on the device you’re using – and that means you’ll often get notifications on one device of messages y’all’ve already seen on another.

Not in iOS 11. Its messages are stored in and synced via the cloud, then non simply will you no longer get out of appointment notifications, but yous’ll free upwardly lots of storage space as well.

iOS eleven vs iOS 10: Apple Music and the App Store

Expert news, everybody! Ping is back! Well, kinda… Apple Music in iOS eleven hasn’t changed the (in our stance, really confusing) interface it adopted in iOS 10, just it does at present get better discovery in the form of Spotify-style playlists of your friends’ music.

In that location’s also a new MusicKit API for third-political party apps to access your Apple Music account, and a completely redesigned App Store to brand it easier to find cool and useful new apps.

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Writer, broadcaster, musician and kitchen gadget obsessive Carrie Marshall (Twitter) has been writing virtually tech since 1998, contributing sage advice and odd opinions to all kinds of magazines and websites as well as writing more than than a dozen books. Her memoir, Carrie Kills A Homo, will be published in November 2022. She is the vocalist in Glaswegian rock band HAVR.