Apple Unveils iOS 11 At WWDC 2017

Apple will no longer support 32-bit devices and apps, instead it will only operate on 64-bit devices and apps. Apple apparently made it possible by reducing the device's borders by 40 percent. The new iPad Pros offer screens with a faster refresh rate (up to 120Hz) "for fluid scrolling, greater responsiveness and smoother motion content". In other comparisons, Apple describes the 10.5-inch iPad Pro's screen bezels as 40 per cent smaller. The 10.5in iPad Pro with WiFi comes in at £619 - not too shabby.

Why 10.5in? Well, Apple pointed out that this is the right size for a full sized keyboard - both physical and onscreen. Since then, the product range has got a bit more complicated: you can buy portable touchscreen devices in 4, 4.7, 5.5, 7.9, 9.7 and 12.9in variants.

iOS 11's Messages app will get a new update, which features an automatic synchronising of all your conversations across your iOS and macOS devices.

Perhaps of more interest to gamers is the new iMac Pro.

The App Store is being completely redesigned, with a new tab called Today to help people discover new apps that are appearing.

The all new Files app makes managing files easier on the new iPads. The new Dock - available from any screen - will meanwhile allow users to open and switch apps instantly.

With iOS 11, users can take pictures in portrait mode with optical image stabilisation, True Tone flash and HDR. It borrows style ideas from iOS 10's Music and News apps. Thanks to the new screens equipped, Apple Pencil is more responsive than ever with a 20-millisecond latency for fluid and natural drawing. If you have any handwritten text or characters in Notes, it's now possible to search for them through machine learning that analyzes your written text. "Now you can mark up a PDF or screenshot faster and more easily".

One of the main features that Apple is introducing with iOS11 is person-to-person payments. It also features multi-Touch Drag and Drop, new document scanner, and a new Instant Notes feature as well. It also uses powerful image filters to enhance readability. In addition to the iPad, Apple is launching new sleeves and accessories, like a leather sleeve for both that start at $129.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is available in silver, space gray and gold, and starts at $799 (about Rs. 51,419) for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and $929 (about Rs. 59,785) for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

Update: We've just got details of United Kingdom pricing and, well, you might want to be sitting down.

  • Arturo Norris