IOS 11 Update: What’s in Store for iOS App Developers?
Every year, Apple reveals the latest version of iOS at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Apple has scheduled its WWDC 2017 in June. The company is expected to unveil iOS 11 at its next annual developer conference. But many bloggers, application developers, and market analysts have already started speculating about the changes that Apple would include in the next version of its mobile operating systems. Based on the news stories and blogs posted on various websites, developers can gather information about the rumored features of iOS 11. Each news story or blog describes in more detail the features of iOS 10 as rumored based on information gathered from various sources.
7 features that Apple is rumored to include in iOS 11
1) ICloud Voicemail
ICloud Voicemail is currently in beta. But Apple is expected to officially include iCloud voicemail in iOS 10. The feature aims to bridge the gap between emails and voicemails. Users can take advantage of iCloud Voicemail to send and receive voice messages more efficiently. At the same time, the function will allow them to read the transcribed message at the touch of a button. Therefore, users can now receive messages without reading their voice messages.
two) Improved map application
The next version of iOS may come with an updated and redesigned map app. Apple uses a fleet of drones to make the redesigned Maps app provide more relevant information and directions to users. In addition, it dramatically improves the map service by using the inland navigation features. The Apple team will collect a variety of information, whether a road is under construction, changes made to a road, and street signs, quickly and efficiently based on information collected via drones. In addition, they will include updated information in the Maps application on an ongoing basis to provide more relevant and up-to-date information to users.
3) New video sharing app
Apple can make it easier for users to share videos by including a new social media app in iOS 10. The social media app will help Apple compete with popular social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. In addition to allowing users to record and edit videos, the new video sharing application will also allow them to apply filters and drawings to the video clip. Users will have the option to share the video clips with their friends through popular social networks. Apple has also included a number of advanced features in the video sharing application to allow users to record, edit and share video clips in less than a minute.
4) Dark mode
Apple has already included dark mode in iOS 10. But users lack the option to enable dark mode while using iOS 10. iOS 11 will allow users to enable dark mode on their iPhones or iPads like Apple TV.
5) Siri with natural sounding voice
Every new version of iOS comes with an improved Siri. The updated version of Siri helps users perform specific tasks and gather relevant information through voice commands. IOS 11 is expected to come with an updated Siri that sounds more natural. Therefore, users will feel like interacting with human beings while using the updated version of Siri. Users can take advantage of the feature to switch between light background and dark background seamlessly.
6) Option to check the availability of contacts
According to a patent application filed by Apple, many analysts believe that iOS 11 will allow users to check whether a contact is available or not. The feature will further help the user to identify the current location of a contact and the operational status of their device. Apple can further simplify the process of verifying a contact’s availability by integrating these details into the Contacts app.
7) Group Facetime calls
Today, Facetime supports individual video calls. Therefore, users frequently use third-party applications such as Skype and Facebook Messenger to set up group video chats. Apple is expected to release iOS 11 with an improved version of Facetime that will allow users to make group video calls. The updated version of Facetime can allow users to make calls to five users simultaneously. But users will still have the option to share their screens with other users.
Many analysts believe that iOS 11 will make about 8% of the apps on Apple’s App Store obsolete. As the next version of iOS will be available only for devices with 64-bit processors and software, more than 200,000 applications will soon be obsolete. Therefore, iOS application developers have to rewrite and update a large number of applications to make them relevant and take advantage of the new features provided by iOS 11. However, developers can confirm the rumored features only after Apple introduces iOS. at their WWDC in June.