iOS 11: Here are the best features in Apple’s new operating system


Apple unveiled the next version of its operating system for the iPhone and iPad at its annual developer’s conference on Monday.

iOS 11 features a host of improvements and new features including the option to send payments to other iPhone users, as well a “do not disturb while driving” mode.

Making the announcement, Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook said: “We are going to take the world’s most advanced operating system and turn it up to 11.”

iOS 11 will be available in beta from next month ahead of its official release which is likely to be in September.

Here are the best new features in iOS 11:

Better and smarter Siri

Apple has upgraded its digital assistant Siri ahead of its roll out of its new HomePod speaker, which is due to go on sale in selected markets in December.

The update to Siri means it can now translate speech with a number of languages including English, Chinese, German, Italian, French and Spanish.

It can also monitor trends or interests and offer you up content or suggestions based on your activity across all your Apple devices.

Do not disturb while driving

Apple says its new feature knows when you are driving and switches your iPhone into the new “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode.

The feature turns the screen of your iPhone black and can be setup to send automatic replies to people telling them you are behind the wheel.

Peer to peer Apple Pay

The new feature brought to Apple Pay lets user send payments to each other using iMessage. Payments can be verified using TouchID, with the service being made available to all devices running iOS 11, as well as on the Apple Watch.

Improvements to iMessage

In iOS 11, iMessage will automatically sync your messages across multiple devices and there is also a new toolbar for you to send emojis and stickers within Apple’s messaging app.

New Control Centre

Apple has overhauled its Control Centre on iPhone, making it look more simplistic and compact, fitting it onto a single page.

By using 3D Touch users can long press for more options and information. Overall it looks less cluttered compared to the Control Centre on iOS 10.

Camera and photos

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.

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

You will also be able to create slideshows or memory movies around a particular event using the Photos app.


While it still lags behind Google Maps, iOS 11 sees Apple make some improvements to its own Maps app. The update adds a speed limit guidance and lane navigation. Apple will also start adding details floor plans of shopping malls and airports.

Specific updates for iPad

iOS 11 brings with it a number of useful new features for those using an iPad, such as a drag and drop option which should make moving things around much easier. There is also a new and easier way to switch between apps.

A new tool bar can help to predict which app you want to open next and there is also a new file system that can easily help to organise your files and documents from third party apps such as Google Drive and DropBox.

Brand new App Store

For the first time in its history, Apple is redesigning its App Store. The new look will bring with it a section for feature apps and games, which gives users more info on certain apps such as their history and details about how they were designed.


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