The eleven iOS 11 features to watch out for

Siri is getting a pretty big update as well. Other years, it gets what amounts to a complete overhaul. However, since Apple doesn't really have an apps ecosystem around augmented reality the way Android does (although in a small way as of now), it's important that they get developers busy on creating apps that will support future hardware.

Those who want quicker access to content on their iPhone will be pleased with the update to the Control Centre, which will have all the features on one page, along with new sliders. Now it will have more natural male and female voices and translate speech, starting out with English, French, German, Chinese, Spanish and Italian as per the statement issued by the company. The upcoming iPhone 8 will come with iOS 11 for sure. The new iOS also features a new keyboard that gives access to punctuation features by flicking down on keys, allowing for faster typing.

That's not the only new feature in iOS 11 by any means, but it's probably the most significant one in terms of Apple's future in alternate reality. While iOS 11 doesn't offer up any game-changing new additions, it does have a load of small tweaks and additions that amount to something big indeed.

Most with an iPhone or iPad will be used to iOS 10, the most recent version of Apple's mobile operating system.

With the new iOS 11, you can now synchronise messages across iOS and macOS automatically.

The news follows word from Google that it has seen more of a gain in the quality of its text-based language translations in the last year than in the previous 10 years combined. 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. Further, Apple says, "iOS 11 lays ground work for the future, in that it "opens up to wonderful possibilities for augmented reality in games and apps". And of course it'll also work with the sexy new Siri-operated HomePod speaker that Apple also announced at WWDC 2017.

In the photos app, users will be able to watch Memories in landscape or portrait, and there will be more editing options for Live photos.

The update, dubbed "High Sierra" is available now to developers and will launch on Apple's public beta programme later this month.

With updates such as a reworked Safari that comes with features like autoplay video blocking and "intelligent tracking prevention" to cut back ad trackers, along with other updates such as rolling out of the Apple file system and inclusion of a new graphics engine in the form of Mantle 2, the OS sure looks to be a victor.

  • Zachary Reyes