Apple’s WWDC brought a lot of improvements and new features to their iOS that will soon see its eleventh iteration. In general terms, the iOS 11 was more of an update for iPad with a number of features that will come handy for the iPad users. The iPad-centric features were long overdue and this iOS update will make use of all the hardware improvements that Apple brought to the iPad Pro range at the WWDC.
The biggest change visible is the new dock for iPads sourced directly from Apple’s very own Mac. It is supposed to give a big boost to the multitasking capabilities of the iPad Pro and can be summoned from any screen. Talking of multitasking, drag and drop is now a bigger part of iOS for iPad. You can drag certain apps to hover over other apps, put them in split screen, and even drag and drop text, links, photos, and files.
Not everything is going to be this great after the release of Apple’s mobile operating system. iOS, rather all Apple products in general, is supposed to give a seamless experience with minimal efforts on the part of the user.
For logging into any third-party app, you don’t need to manually enter your details, the iOS is smart enough to log you into the apps using your Facebook or Twitter accounts. This was a seamless experience for the iOS users and their device took all the hassle of filling your details. This deep integration of the social networks into iOS will go away with the iOS 11.
End of an era pic.twitter.com/YL9fNt38xA
— Sean Cook (@theSeanCook) June 5, 2017
Without the feature in place, the users will have to go for the longer route that involves logging through mobile web. The users will have to log into Facebook first in mobile Safari and then head to the third-party app and log into it using Facebook.
Password autofill for apps was one of the features mentioned during the iOS 11 announcement, but that wouldn’t either suffice for the first-time login. Although, the autofill feature is a great feature to talk about and Android will also get the feature in its next iteration.
Apart from this, a big change that Apple brought was the redesigned App Store in the iOS 11. The refreshed UI will now have a Today tab to show all the top app picks and tell you the stories behind them. There will be a separate Games and Apps section and all the new changes have been made to make the apps more discoverable.
Siri and Control Center have also been much improved with both getting a new design. Siri has gotten a lot smarter using Apple’s machine learning. iMessages has been integrated with Apple Pay and you can now send payments to your friends and families right from your message window. The transactions will be authenticated using TouchID.
The iOS 11 is truly the biggest iOS release ever, especially for the iPad range, which has now come closer to offering laptop-like features and performance. The iOS 11 public beta will be available sometime in July and there is no fixed date for it. And the final build, as we all know, will arrive with the launch of the next iPhone series.