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WWDC 2017: iOS 11 Brings in Improved Siri and AR Support

Apple CEO Tim Cook just officially announced iOS 11 onstage at WWDC 2017. “This is going to be the best and biggest WWDC ever,” said he said, as he kicked off the keynote in San Jose. Here’s a list of everything new in iOS 11:

Messages: The first among those demo’d by Craig Federighi was synchronized messages across iOS and macOS. If you erase a message on your iPhone or iPad, that will now be reflected on your Mac as well.

Siri: Apple has made improvements to Siri that make the assistant’s voice sound more natural. Additionally, Siri will now be able to perform translations in various languages including English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish. Siri now uses on-device learning to suggest topics that might be of interest to users, based on Safari searches. This is pretty much like Google Now using you’re Google Search history to improve and suggest appropriate results.

Maps: Apple Maps is introducing indoor maps for airports and shopping centers in select cities. Mall layouts will be available for the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Jose, Tokyo, and Washington DC. Apple is also bringing the support to major airports. There are also some updates to speed limit notifications and navigation.

Redesigns: 3D touch was also integrated into design to offer more feature access. Apple has completely redesigned Control Center, which is the panel that users can swipe up to access frequent and important settings or change songs when listening to music.

ARKit: Apple says the kit will help developers like Pokemon Go creator Niantic make augmented reality apps. Services include motion tracking, plane estimation, mbient light estimation, scale estimation, and support for Unity, Unreal and SceneKit.

HomeKit: Apple’s Craig Federighi said on stage that iOS 11 will introduce support for multi-room audio between iPhones, iPads, and a slew of third-party speakers.  Third-party audio apps will also gain access to the multi-room audio capability.

Apple Pay: Person-to-person payments are now part of Apple’s Messages app. Federighi said it will be available at 50 percent of US retailers by the end of this year.

 

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