Seven highlights of Apple's new App Store and iOS 11

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  • Thursday, 15 Jun 2017

Swiping down from top to bottom opens the Control Center. This is reconfigured in iOS 11

A new operating system and a new Apple Store: Apple users have plenty to look forward to later this year, when the company will roll out its freshest software features to iPhones and iPads. 

At Apple's annual WWDC summit, the company announced that the iOS 11 mobile platform would launch in the second half of 2017 for iPhones from 5s, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad fifth generation, iPad mini 2 and newer, as well as the iPod touch 6.

Among biggest highlights of the new operating system is a brand new App Store, aimed at making it easier for users find new apps.

1: The Today tab in the app store

The categories at the bottom of the App Store application are being reworked with a prominent position given to the Today tab, which will highlight special applications and new arrivals.

These will be enriched with images and videos, as well as interviews with developers and background stories.

2: Games and apps go their separate ways

The App Store's new Games tab will live up to its name. The presentations will be similar to those in the Today tab, but also include hit lists and selected collections.

The other apps are separate, with their own charts and collections in 24 categories. The tabs Updates and Search remain, with Search now providing improved results. In-app purchases will be more visible.

3: A new sound to Siri

The Siri assistant is being given a more natural voice and will also be able to translate from English into Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

The device will also be able to learn to adapt better to its user, making use of data from Safari, the mail app and iMessage.

4: iMessage in the cloud

Messages from iMessage will be synchronised through iCloud, iOS and macOS.

This means that the user will for example have to delete messages and conversations just once and will be able to transfer them to new devices more easily. However, this could impact data protection.

5: Improved photos

The camera's Portrait mode now has an image stabiliser, high dynamic range (HDR) for improved contrast and so-called True Tone flash which will result in more professional images. In addition, file size will be compressed on iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

6: A "Do Not Disturb" mode for when driving

The devices will pick up when the user is driving and automatically switch into "Do Not Disturb" mode.

Push notifications will be suppressed to prevent disruption, and users will be able to inform selected contacts that they are driving.

7: Swipe up for a new Control Center

Swiping down from top to bottom opens the Control Center. This is reconfigured in iOS 11 - for example with brightness and volume adjustment, as well as buttons for data links, flashlight and calculator. — dpa

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