2017 being Apple’s tenth year anniversary for the legendary iPhone, the company is expected to take their flagship device to the next level. The iPhone 7 and its Plus sibling saw some really remarkable design upgrades, but under the hood, not much was changed after all. 2016’s OS upgrade, iOS 10 was not exactly about bringing loads of new features to the iPhone, but more about stabilizing the platform for a more user friendly experience. All in all, it was more about making minor improvements rather than going all out. Needless to say, then, that there are a lot of expectations surrounding iOS 11 and the features updates that it is going to bring.
iOS 11 Release Date
If we take a look at the recent release history of Apple’s software updates, we can clearly see that the company sticks to a certain routine. Apple has two different time slots for its software and hardware unveilings. For the former, they prefer to announce and discuss their ideas and products at the annual WWDC event. This has been the case for many years now, and in a similar vein, iOS 10 was announced on June 13, 2016 during the WWDC, and released on September 13. If all goes well, then we can expect the next update to follow the same pattern. So for now, it looks like iOS 11 will be announced in June during the WWDC 2017. The OS will go into the public beta mode soon after, and will be released for users sometime in September this year.
iOS 11 Features
A number of new features are rumored to be making their way into the iOS 11. While Apple themselves have not revealed anything substantial, many sources suggest that the company is working on some really hush hush projects that will ultimately find their way into the anniversary edition iPhone. Here are some of the most notable ones among these.
Apple has been keen on making their mark in this particular field, as has been speculated for a while. Tim Cook’s admission about his preference for AR over the more popular Virtual Reality tech was the first broad hint regarding this. Considering that most of the big names in the industry have been investing in the VR fad while Apple has apparently given it a skip, rumor mills started conjecturing if the company was actually secretly working on Augmented Reality instead. If iOS 11 does come with AR support, that would mean great things for the iPhone 8. Most importantly, investing in an upscaled AR technology will not require the company to come up with any additional hardware; the iPhone 8 itself will suffice. But rumors are not all we have that are pointing in this direction. Several leading analysts have also stated that in 2017, Apple will introduce AR in all three of the iPhone variants that are slated for release.
A Dynamic Touch Keyboard
Apple has been filing a lot of patents lately, and among these happens to be one that has to do with a new kind of touch keyboard technology that could be making its way into iPads along with the iOS 11. The new system would grant the device the intelligence to detect the users fingers and automatically placing the keys directly underneath them. It would also be smart enough to eliminate the risk of typos, which ca undoubtedly be embarrassing especially during work. This new dynamic keyboard aims at heightened user convenience by reducing the need to look constantly at the keyboard while typing.
Siri Through Text
One of the most remarkable Siri upgrades that will make its way into iOS 11 is the ability to communicate with Siri through texts instead of using voice commands at all times. This feature would mark a welcome change in the iconic AI assistant from Apple, as there are multiple times when a user might need to call upon Siri where it might be inappropriate to communicate with it verbally.
Multiple User Calls in FaceTime
The iOS 11 will reportedly see a lot of changes for the better in terms of social aspects, and one of the places where that is supposed to be reflected foremost is FaceTime. According to various sources, Apple’s video calling service will be getting a serious facelift in 2017 beginning with conference calls. Users can look forward to group video calls among up to five people. There are some more nifty features that are slated to be added to improve FaceTime, but word about these is rather sketchy right now.
In conclusion, it can be said that the iOS 11 will be one software update to look forward to. Apple experts seem to be of the opinion that from 2017 onwards, the iOS will undergo a massive change in outlook and overall aesthetics that will be aimed towards stabilizing the platform for long term use rather than rolling out a yearly update. If that is the case, then it would certainly be a massive matter of convenience for Apple users. So here’s looking at Apple in 2017.