iOS 11 GM: Install, Features, Advantages and Disadvantages

iOS 11 rumors iOS 11 features Last Updated: September 19, 2017

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iOS 11 GM: the Best New Features and iOS 11 Manager

It's a "wish list" season, and Apple just released the iOS 11 'Golden Master'! The final release version has arrived, and Apple fans can't wait to hold their back. >> How to Update to iOS 11 with Error Fixed

It seems that Apple Inc. takes a big move to iOS 11 which has made great strides from iOS 10. Before knowing the detailed iOS 11 GM features, let's first review the general merits and demerits of iOS 10.

The Advantages of iOS 10:
Briefly speaking, iOS 10 has emojifiable Messages, ability to delete Apple's built-in apps. Siri has been overhauled to improve image searches, handle transcribing voicemails, and even write the text messages. It runs seamlessly on the newest iOS devices like iPhone 7.
Another point, which cannot be simply judged as a pro or a con, is the rootless security system, which makes it a misery to jailbreak. But for non-jailbreakers, it would be a great feature.
>> Read more: iOS 10 Advantages and Disadvantages, Touch ID not working

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Cut to the Chase: about iOS 11 Features and Rumors
Which iDevices are entitled for iOS 11?
What did we want to see in iOS 11?
What's actually new and important in iOS 11?

iOS 11 Compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch Models

iOS 11

It is rumored that iPhone 5 (and the earlier), iPad 4 (and the earlier), iPad mini 2 (and the earlier) and iPod touch 5 (and the earlier) will be dismissed from free updating to upcoming iOS. If true, the following iOS devices are in the white list:

iPhone: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone X
iPad: iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4
iPod touch (sixth generation)

What Did We Want to See in iOS 11?

1. A More Beautiful and Customizable Looks

For many people, appearance comes first, so they call for an aesthetic customization change in iOS 11, such as dynamic animated app icons, custom system fonts, and the ability to place icons freely and so on. Good for us, it is very likely to happen.

Read More: iOS 11 vs iOS 10 >

2. Customizable Control Center

There have been complaints about iOS's Control Center. Masses are asking to have a much easier and quicker access to specific toggles and features without swiping to the second tab or taking a second step.
Similarly, some of us are asking to hop quickly between different apps and clear all background processes at one go.

3. Always-on display

The same as Samsung Galaxy S7, some Apple users also hope to have a constant clock and a window on the Notification. Therefore, an "always-on display" is in the whishlist for iOS 11 features

4. Slide to unlock

We used to unlock our iPhone or iPad in iOS 9 and the earlier. But there are still some users who have been accustomed to the traditional feature wish to bring this back.

Read More: iOS 10 vs iOS 9 >

Besides, some niche changes are wanted and are in the iOS 11 rumored features.

What Are the Turely New Features of iOS 11 GM in Reality?

iOS 11 Siri

1. More "human-sounding" Siri & Siri Translation

Nowadays, many voice assistant, like Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana (for Windows 10) is getting smarter and humanized. iOS 11 has made Siri more intelligent and sound more naturally (and less wired). More surprisingly, it comes with Siri Translation. Simply ask "How to say [language] in [different language] and you will get a spoken and written answer. Siri Translation now supports English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

iOS 11 camera

2. Control Center - a Game Changer

The Control Center in iOS 11 has not only been redesigned but also made customizable: Go to Settings -> Control Center -> Customize Controls.
3D Touch Support - Now options in Control Centre can be accessed and opened via a long press.
Screen Recording - A new option for the Control Center, which is enabled to capture what is happening on your screen. It is especially good for developers.
Moreover, you can edit, like re-crop and markup your screenshots.

iOS 11 camera

3. Powerful Camera

Scan QR Codes - The Camera app now can scan QR codes from anywhere. No more third-party camera app anymore.
Live Photo Editing - Open a Live Photo, tap Edit and mute the video, trim it by dragging the sliders from either end. You can also add Bounce, Loop and Long Exposure effects.
50% Smaller Size - iOS 11 uses HEVC at H.265 instead of H.264 for videos and HEIF for photos as new compression methods that will save half the amount of storage space.

iOS 11 camera

4. Apple iPhone 8 AR

iOS 11 will realize AR (Augmented Reality) in Apple devices like the upcoming iPhone 8. It does not mean you can use it as soon as you update to iOS 11, but it will be the largest platform to support the development of AR related apps and tools. Developers will be able to put virtual objects into the real world using an iPhone or iPad and its camera by mobilizing iPhone and iPad cameras and sensors, gyroscope and so on, to realize Pokemon GO-like AR experience.

iOS 11 camera

5. Innovative Apple Pencil

Apple Pencil is more deeply integrated into the iPad, from Mail to Notes. That all changes with iOS 11. Instant Markup lets you draw on PDFs and photos. Better still, Instant Notes lets you open Notes and draw things down ASAP – right from the lockscreen. And drawing on Notes near existing text can move the text out of the way smartly now.

iOS 11 Dark Mode

6. Dark Mode for easier viewing at night

Different than the existing Night Shift, the Dark Mode is expected to cater to and even usher in a new color style. Not only will the background get black, but also the menu bar and dock be turned dark grey to protect eyes at night or in dim environments.

7. Multi-user FaceTime calling

iOS 11 rumors suggest that there will be a "Group FaceTime calling" feature covered in the new version. Long requested by users, it will be able to make up to five users involved in a call at the same time via FaceTime video. In a way similar to other video-calling services like Skype, it will also be integrated with iMessage and filters like Snapchat and MSQRD

iOS 11 New Feature - Video Edit App

8. Apple Music added with video

The company is rumored to launch the video component of Apple Music and make Apple Music "better showcases video". Accordingly, the Music app would be slightly redesigned and changed.

iOS 11 New Feature - Video Edit App

9. More features for communication:

From some of the likely features mentioned above, Apple seems to decide to focus more on social communication:
1). Apple wants to offer a way to consolidate communications between users into single panels such that two friends could be able to see all text messages, e-mails, and social network interactions between each other.
2). Apple has filed a patent that could be "summarized as a system that detects where your friends are, and whether they're available and the operating status of their iPhone. (Remarks: it seems that privacy between friends are snuffed out)

iOS 11 communication

10. New Snapchat-like video app

Rumor has it that Apple will introduce a new Snapchat-like Video app. A Bloomberg report claimed that Apple has been developing a video sharing and editing app that will allow users to record video, apply filters and drawings to the media and send it to contacts or via Twitter, Facebook or some other existing social networks.

iOS 11 snapchat-like apps

11. More improvements

There are more enhancements in the rumored iOS 11 features, for instance, Drone-applied improved maps, new split-view feature, TV programs and music streaming (for subscribers) and person-to-person Apple Pay.

In total, although iOS 11 isn't like a ten-year anniversary update, it has many useful features to expect.

Other iOS 11 Rumor:
The Best Unannounced Feature on iOS 11 Is Screen Recording

iOS 11 improvements

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