Apple's iOS 11 will take Facebook and Twitter down a notch

The atmosphere inside the McEnery Convention Centre was filled with excitement and joy as Apple CEO Tim Cook gave his WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) 2017 keynote speech, unveiling the much expected software update as well as a couple of hardware announcements. In iOS 11 the iMessage App Drawer will be redesigned making it easier to search and navigate between your favorite apps. You can use TouchID to authenticate payments and money transfers, and any money you receive through Apple Pay in iMessage will go to your Apple Pay cash card.

iOS 11 will be available in the fall. The feature will be integrated directly within iOS 11 and WatchOS 4, though there is no word on whether it will charge the sender or recipient for the service.

Apple said that it is the fastest browser ever with features like autoplay blocking, intelligent tracking prevention that uses machine learning to block irritating content.

In other words, Apple owners who value their fourth amendment rights will now need to disable iCloud-synchronization of iMessages on each device, while iCloud users are strongly encouraged to enable two-factor authentication.

Apple is trying to change that in iOS 11, with improvements to Siri's voice so she (or he, should you prefer) sounds a lot more natural.

iOS 11 brings better compression to your camera, meaning that you will get the same image quality, but it will only take up half the amount of space on your smartphone.

The new iOS will now synchronise messages across iOS and macOS automatically.

Apple's native Maps app in iOS 11 will be able to provide indoor mapping for places like major malls and airports.

Bus, train or auto passenger users can of course disable this options, as can the driver (as it is an selective option) though it is a little trickier than just pressing a button if engaged. Apple Pencil also receives some upgrades as it will now support inline drawing. With ARKit, developers will be able to use the built-in camera, processor and motion sensors of iPhones and iPads to bring high-quality AR experiences on these devices. Several apps received the design change update, which ranges from subtle to more significant. Instead of three separate pages you swipe through, the Control Centre packs everything onto one page in iOS 11.

"HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a handsome speaker that is less than 18 centimetres tall, can rock most any room with distortion free music and be a helpful assistant around your home", he said.

In a way, the whole thing feels like Apple's take on the Sonos, and it will be created to work with Apple Music, the buffet of 40 million tracks you can already subscribe to, though thanks to Apple HomeKit, it will likely also work as a way of controlling your home, similar to what Google is doing with its Assistant technology. The iPhone also gets a one-handed keyboard mode while iPad users will get a new QuickType keyboard with iOS 11.

Apple also unveiled new Macs, addressing complaints that Apple has let its Mac lineup languish in favor of its better-selling products, namely the iPhone.

  • Carolyn Briggs