Today at the company's WWDC 2017 event in San Jose, Apple CEO Tim Cook officially announced iOS 11. The upcoming version will improve on the "core technologies" of the mobile operating system while also introducing various new features, chief among them synchronized conversations across iCloud, iOS, and macOS.
Here's a rundown of some of the additional features:
- Use Apple Pay to send money to other Apple Pay users — think Venmo or Square Cash
- Siri's voice will sound more natural, and will be able to perform translations from English to Chinese, French, German, Italian, or Spanish. Siri will be smarter about suggestions through a process Apple calls "on-device learning"
- The camera app will have Portrait Mode images with optical image stabilization, and new Loop and Bounce effects can be applied to Live Photos. High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) reduces the amount of storage that photos take up on your iPhone
- The Control Center gets a major update, with a layout that doesn't require flipping through multiple tabs
- Apple Maps will feature indoor maps for airports and shopping centers in select cities. While you're driving, lane guidance and speed limits will help you navigate unfamiliar highways, and a new Do Not Disturb While Driving will prevent potential distractions, including text messages
- AirPlay 2 will allows users to connect multiple speakers using WiFi and control multiple speakers using your iOS device.
Apple iOS 11 will be available for iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch 6th generation.