Apple iOS 11 adds 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' feature

2017 in San Jose, California, has seen the unveiling of new products such as HomePod, iMac Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, MacOS High Sierra, WatchOS 4 and iOS 11.

Apple has announced iOS 11 at their latest developer conference and this free software update will be released to consumers this autumn.

The new multitasking feature on the iPad Pro now allows users to just bring up a different app in the foreground of another app after which you can use the split-view to use both the apps.

Apple has also brought Drag and Drop feature to the iPad Pro which is a nifty little feature that makes use of all the real estate of the tablet.

Apple is introducing The Dock for the iPad Pro which now supports the addition of different apps and pans across the display.

"With iOS 11, we're delivering the biggest AR platform in the world, and it's available today for developers to begin building AR experiences using ARKit for hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users", said Craig Federighi, Senior VP of Software Engineering, Apple.

Apple has been rumoured to be developing its own mobile chip to handle machine learning tasks.

"New male and female voices are more natural and expressive, adjusting intonation, pitch, emphasis and tempo while speaking", the company stated. The Smart Keyboard is available in charcoal gray for US$159 for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and US$169 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

"Siri learns topics or places a user is interested in while browsing Safari, they will be suggested when typing in Mail, Messages and other apps", the company stated.

Alternatively, users can also choose to ask Siri to make the payments using the saved Credit or Debit cards in the Wallet.

Other key elements of the new iOS update are augmented reality, Apple Pay, Do Not disturb while driving, professional capabilities for Photos and Camera apps.

iOS 11 will improve driver safety by detecting when you might be driving and by then automatically silencing notifications. To let your friends and family know that you are driving, you have the option of sending an auto reply to contacts listed in Favorites to let them know that you are driving and can not respond. The one-handed mode is enabled on Maps for zooming in and out.

iOS 11 updates Apple Maps to include indoor maps of major shopping centres and airports. India, Turkey, UAE and other countries and regions will follow later this month.

When you follow a profile, you'll be able to listen to the playlists shared by them and also take a peek at their frequently played tracks. The beautifully redesigned App Store is packed with original stories and editorial, updated daily in a new Today tab, as well as new Games and Apps tabs. "We want to reinvent home music".

Digitimes previously reported that the upstream supply chain's shipments for Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Pro have been increasing recently and the device's monthly shipment volume is expected to grow to 600,000 units in July, up from around 500,000 units now, helping its annual shipments to reach five million units in 2017.

  • Arturo Norris