IOS 11: Here are the best features in Apple's new operating system

The Apple HomePod boasts an inbuilt A8 chip with WiFi and the speaker has "spatial awareness" feature that automatically tunes volume levels based on the surrounding.

Apple won't just be relying on the microphones for sound profile adaptation, either, with support for Siri also thrown in, allowing you to talk to the HomePod speaker and get it to like songs and skip past others, and even answering questions that would normally be trivial, such as who played what in the song. Apple Pay will be integrated in the iMessage app itself, and, would be a one stop shop for sending and receiving money by a mere authentication of the users' fingerprint. The dock also suggests apps while a user is working including the "ones you opened recently and the last one you were using on your iPhone or Mac". There is also embedded Apple SIM2 and new iPads support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and LTE Advanced3 make it easier to stay connected when travelling in more than 180 countries and regions, as per company's claim. Siri also has a new translation feature for English to Chinese, Frech, German, Italian and Spanish, which is in beta mode as of now. Apple also said the speaker can sense the size of a room, playing music to fit the space accordingly. The control is now hosted on one screen instead of two.

Maps: Maps in iOS 11 will offer detail floor maps of malls and airports, as well as offer lane guidance - and speed limits - while the user is driving. The device will run iOS 11, which is scheduled to release this fall.

Apple on Monday launched a bunch of refinements in all its four platforms - tvOS, watchOS, macOS and iOS - at this years annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with iOS 11, watchOS 4 and updates to its Mac line of desktops and notebooks.

There are also better options for portrait mode and improved photography at low light, Apple said.

iOS 11 also includes an Alternative Reality kit for developers to make products using AR for the iPhone and iPad. The file manager app, called simply the Files, will be able to better organise how things are inside your iPad. In other words, Sonos is now an Apple competitor. The App Store has been redesigned completely as well with this update. Users can request and send money using the native messaging app using credit and debit cards.

Apple Pencil: iOS 11 in the iPad Pro will support Instant Markup.

When you think of "music" and "Apple", you'll probably find yourself dwelling on the most recent product offering of Apple Music, the all-you-can-hear music smorgasbord Apple competes hard against Google and Spotify. "Step three, start writing", according to Apple. The redesigned App Store will come with separate tabs for apps, games and today's featured apps. Called ARKit, the company believes this will let developers "tap into the latest computer vision technologies to build detailed and compelling virtual content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more."On iPhones, iOS 11 will also bring friend payment functionality through Apple Pay".

Most upgrades to iOS 11, Apple's new mobile OS are meant for ramping up productivity and multitasking.

  • Carolyn Briggs