Apple iOS 11 with ARKit, advanced multitasking and new gesture support rolling

April 4, 2022 0 Comments

Apple iOS 11 has made the most significant change to Apple’s mobile operating system so far.

Apple’s next-generation mobile operating system, iOS 11, will be officially released to the public on September 19. Apple unveiled iOS 11 for the first time at WWDC at the company’s annual Developers Conference in June. The update marks the most significant change to Apple’s mobile operating system to date.

With iOS 11, Apple is dropping support for 32-bit apps and adding a new file app that will allow users to access the file system on iOS for the first time. IOS 11 has turned the iPad Pro into a more powerful device with improved multitasking, customizable dock and seamless integration with Apple Pencil. iOS 11 has Siri’s more natural voice and it supports translation, making it a useful digital assistant. Apple has improved iMessage with an option to send users money using Apple Pay. It comes with a customizable control center, do not disturb driving mode and a fast type keyboard that makes it easy to enter letters, numbers and symbols without the need to switch back and forth.

One of the biggest advances has come in the form of ARKit which makes iOS one of the biggest platforms for augmented reality experience. With ARKit, developers can design apps and games natively to take advantage of the Metal API and Unity Engine to bring augmented reality experience to the iPhone and iPad. At yesterday’s event at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus, iPhone makers also showed off new gesture support that is coming specifically for the iPhone X. Missing the iPhone X’s Touch ID button, Apple is adding new gestures to navigate the device smoothly. Experience iPhone X users can swipe from bottom to top to go to the home screen. Swiping and pausing will bring the app switcher up, while swiping down from the top right corner will bring up the Control Center. To access notifications, users need to swipe down from the top left corner while swiping down from the center of the screen to search.

Some features have been revealed in the iOS 11 GM that was leaked before the official announcement. The free update 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.

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