Apple's iOS 11 available to all, brings better Siri, ARKit, H.265, AirPlay 2, more

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Apple's iOS 11's first mainstream release is now available, and features includes ARKit, a revamped Control Center with deep 3D Touch support, Do Not Disturb When Driving, a new look for the App Store, a new voice for Siri, multi-speaker support with AirPlay 2, and more.


ARKit

Apple's ARKit combines the iPhone or iPad's sensors, and overlays virtual objects on the device's screen, in conjunction with the items in real space.

In a demonstration of software produced by the new ARKit, the software identified a table surface, and applied a virtual coffee cup properly scaled to the surface. Following a lamp's addition to the surface, the lighting model adjusted dynamically as Federighi moved the lamp around the cup.





Apple's iOS 11 contains a developer toolset that it will make available to nearly instantaneously make the iPhone and iPad the largest AR platform in the world, according to the company.

Apple's ARKit is limited to the A9 and newer processor, meaning that the iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, and iPhone 7 families can use the technology. For iPads, the situation is a bit more restrictive, with the 2017 iPad, and the iPad Pros the only compatible models.

New App Store look

The App Store is redesigned in iOS 11, with Apple attempting to make discovering apps and games easier than in prior editions of the store.




The store will also host new features and interviews behind some iOS developers, and enhancements to the App Store for iMessage.

Siri

Siri in iOS 11 has a new voice powered by deep learning. Siri's learning will take place on the iPhone or iPad itself, starting in iOS 11. Improvements in the neural net will synchronize across all of a user's devices through end-to-end encryption across iCloud.

In addition, a translation feature is being added to Siri with the feature still in beta. The personal assistant will be able to translate from and to English to Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Federighi noted that there were more language combinations coming.

Siri is also gaining more functionality systemwide. For instance, Siri can interpret reading about foreign locations in News to mean that Siri should suggest correct spelling in that language when typing in Messages.

Do Not Disturb While Driving





Do Not Disturb While Driving uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi doppler effect to automatically enable the feature which closes down most of the iPhone's features not relevant to driving.

For instance, the system can send automatic responses when texts arrive while driving. Users can customize urgent messages and contacts that can be viewed and override the system.

Users who are in the backseat or passenger seat and not driving can also tell iOS 11 that they are not behind the wheel in order to access their phone.

Photos

A new compression method known as HEIF offers higher quality images at half the size on device, freeing up storage. Photos using HEIF are still compatible for sharing on other devices and platforms.

Improved image quality and low light performance with optical image stabilization, True Tone flash and HDR. A new Depth API is also available to developers.

With iOS 11, users can trim Live Photos, and can also select a different key photo within a Live Photo capture. Apple also offers the ability to loop Live Photos, and to create long-exposure pictures.

New Music app

Similar to the App Store refresh, the Apple Music redesign carried forward from iOS 10 is also seeking to enhance usability and discovery of new content.





The new presentation makes videos easier to find. It also adds a new social feature, allowing users to share playlists and other listening habits with friends.

h.265 for video

The newer H.265 video codec includes better motion compensation for fast-moving scenes, larger computational errors for difference-coding, and other improvements designed to keep file sizes small, at the expense of processor power needed to encode and decode.

Control Center

Control Center has seen a major redesign, with it now packing all features into a single and customizable page. Compatible devices can use 3D Touch to access more controls on each item.

Forcefully pressing on an item in Control Center, like the flashlight, brings up additional options and details in a more fully featured view.

Maps

Indoor mapping has arrived in Apple Maps, with support at major malls and airports around the world. Users will be able to view their current location inside a building, including what floor they are on.

Maps has added lane guidance and speed limit display.

AirPlay 2

iOS 11 includes AirPlay 2 with support for multi-room audio built in to the operating system. Previously, iOS could only stream music to one speaker, while multi-speaker support was limited to macOS.

AirPlay 2 also integrates into HomeKit, allowing Siri to be used to play music on a specific speaker.





AirPlay 2 also includes a shared "Up Next" option for collaborative playlists while listening with friends.

Apple said major speaker makers are supporting AirPlay 2 with upcoming systems. Third-party apps will also be able to tap into multi-room audio with a new API.

In Apple Music, you'll be able to see what friends are listening to if they have a public profile, and what playlists they want to make available. For developers, Apple has built a new API dubbed MusicKit.

Compatibility

The new release of iOS is compatible with the iPhone 5s and newer. For iPads, the iPad mini 2 and up, the iPad Air and newer including the fifth generation iPad, and all iPad Pros support iOS 11. The iPod touch sixth generation is also compatible with iOS 11.

The final version of iOS 11 is build 15A372.
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  • Reply 1 of 22
    Because of the way photos/videos are taken in IOS 11 in a more svelte manner with the new codec, it
    may be useful for Mac owners who archive photos there to upgrade to MacOS High Sierra first.

    That way, HEIF photos and HEVC video can be transferred in their new format without being converted to
    to JPG first.   So what?  Because many of us periodically transfer photos then immediately delete them from the
    camera, unless one upgrades the Mac first to 10.13, they would be relatively bloated in the JPG/H.264-based
    Sierra 10.12 iPhoto/Photos libraries, albeit compatible.

    However, there is a setting "Keep Originals" in iOS 11 which can aid with the transition.
    edited September 2017 king editor the grate
  • Reply 2 of 22
    Airplay 2 is missing? 
  • Reply 3 of 22
    Fast, smooth, no problems. Looks slick. Kudos for fixing the ugly contacts icon. 

    I'm presuming CarPlay will not be affected by the driving safety thingy. Will test later.
  • Reply 4 of 22
    Anyone noticing the sharing option in Photos and News (at the very least) no long shows Messages as an option? You have to choose Copy, then paste in Message (which for links, no longer shows the dynamic HTML preview)

    I use this all the time. This is on my iPhone 7 Plus - I wiped and set up the Phone from scratch, same condition.

    On my iPad 12.9, Messages remains an available option in Photos and News sharing...
  • Reply 5 of 22
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 1,908administrator
    eightzero said:
    Fast, smooth, no problems. Looks slick. Kudos for fixing the ugly contacts icon. 

    I'm presuming CarPlay will not be affected by the driving safety thingy. Will test later.
    It is not. We've already looked at it.
  • Reply 6 of 22
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 1,908administrator

    thrang said:
    Anyone noticing the sharing option in Photos and News (at the very least) no long shows Messages as an option? You have to choose Copy, then paste in Message (which for links, no longer shows the dynamic HTML preview)

    I use this all the time. This is on my iPhone 7 Plus - I wiped and set up the Phone from scratch, same condition.

    On my iPad 12.9, Messages remains an available option in Photos and News sharing...
    Seems fine here on an iPhone SE and 7 Plus. 

    What I've seen perusing social media today is attempting to delete the miscreant app, and reinstalling it from the app store. All your data is retained, don't worry.
  • Reply 7 of 22

    thrang said:
    Anyone noticing the sharing option in Photos and News (at the very least) no long shows Messages as an option? You have to choose Copy, then paste in Message (which for links, no longer shows the dynamic HTML preview)

    I use this all the time. This is on my iPhone 7 Plus - I wiped and set up the Phone from scratch, same condition.

    On my iPad 12.9, Messages remains an available option in Photos and News sharing...
    Seems fine here on an iPhone SE and 7 Plus. 

    What I've seen perusing social media today is attempting to delete the miscreant app, and reinstalling it from the app store. All your data is retained, don't worry.
    Delete which app? Apple Messages? It does appear in Safari sharing, but is missing from Notes, News, and Photos
  • Reply 8 of 22
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 5,632member
    Updated my iPhone 6 immediately. No noticeable slowdowns or issues. Out of 95 apps only two were 32-bit, and they were not at all important. Updating my first generation Watch as I type. 
  • Reply 9 of 22
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 1,908administrator
    thrang said:

    thrang said:
    Anyone noticing the sharing option in Photos and News (at the very least) no long shows Messages as an option? You have to choose Copy, then paste in Message (which for links, no longer shows the dynamic HTML preview)

    I use this all the time. This is on my iPhone 7 Plus - I wiped and set up the Phone from scratch, same condition.

    On my iPad 12.9, Messages remains an available option in Photos and News sharing...
    Seems fine here on an iPhone SE and 7 Plus. 

    What I've seen perusing social media today is attempting to delete the miscreant app, and reinstalling it from the app store. All your data is retained, don't worry.
    Delete which app? Apple Messages? It does appear in Safari sharing, but is missing from Notes, News, and Photos
    I would start with Photos, and go from there.
  • Reply 10 of 22
    MplsPMplsP Posts: 314member
    "Users who are in the backseat or passenger seat and not driving can also tell iOS 11 that they are not behind the wheel in order to access their phone."

    Can it tell if you're a back seat 
    driver? ;P

    lkrupp said:
    Updated my iPhone 6 immediately. No noticeable slowdowns or issues. Out of 95 apps only two were 32-bit, and they were not at all important. Updating my first generation Watch as I type. 
    Good to hear - that means my 6s should be good! Think I'll wait for 11.0.1, though...
  • Reply 11 of 22
    Wow. Just realized they removed the Force Touch App Switcher shortcut. Oh my, I was using this thing constantly... Back to spending my time double clicking this button. This is the worst decision... ever! What were they thinking............
  • Reply 12 of 22
    What ever happened to Messages in the Cloud? I know they pulled it during the initial beta testing; I am just wondering if there is any indication that they are bringing it back?
  • Reply 13 of 22
    What ever happened to Messages in the Cloud? I know they pulled it during the initial beta testing; I am just wondering if there is any indication that they are bringing it back?

    Yes, apparently they are bringing it back but it wasn't ready for 11.0 launch time. 
    edited September 2017
  • Reply 14 of 22
    I import all my photos from the iPhone into Photoshop. I assume with the new format HEIF / HEIC this is not possible anymore unless Adobe develops a plug in???
  • Reply 15 of 22
    Do we know why Apple removed iPhone 3D Touch multitasking? I used it all the time. I really miss it.
    willcropoint
  • Reply 16 of 22
    thrang said:
    Anyone noticing the sharing option in Photos and News (at the very least) no long shows Messages as an option? You have to choose Copy, then paste in Message (which for links, no longer shows the dynamic HTML preview)

    I use this all the time. This is on my iPhone 7 Plus - I wiped and set up the Phone from scratch, same condition.

    On my iPad 12.9, Messages remains an available option in Photos and News sharing...
    I still have messages as a sharing option in Photos on my SE
  • Reply 17 of 22
    Anyone know why the new HEIF file format is missing from Settings?  I assumed they were waiting for the iPhone launch to release it but I still don't see it on my iPhone 6s.  Apple tech support told me to remove the beta profile and perform a reset, but that didn't do anything.
  • Reply 18 of 22
    This has been the first time I've honestly been disappointed with an OS update. I've permanently downgraded back to iOS 10.3.3. I intend to use it for the life of my phone...Not sure if I'm going to buy a new iPhone if this the direction of iOS.
    ben20
  • Reply 19 of 22
    turboluis said:
    Anyone know why the new HEIF file format is missing from Settings?  I assumed they were waiting for the iPhone launch to release it but I still don't see it on my iPhone 6s.  Apple tech support told me to remove the beta profile and perform a reset, but that didn't do anything.
    Isn’t it only on the 7 and above?
  • Reply 20 of 22
    ben20ben20 Posts: 119member
    To bad some apps don't work on it! Waiting for the developers to update
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