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IOS 11 Update: What’s In Store For iOS App Developers?

Each year, Apple unveils the latest version of iOS at its annual World Developer Conference (WWDC). Apple scheduled its WWDC 2017 in June. The company is expected to present iOS 11 at its next annual developer conference. But many bloggers, app developers and market analysts have already started speculating about the changes Apple will include in the next version of its mobile operating systems. Based on the news and blogs posted on various websites, developers can collect information about the supposed functionality of iOS 11. Each news or blog further describes the supposed functionality of iOS 10 based on information collected from from various sources.

7 supposed features Apple could include in iOS 11

1) ICloud Voicemail

Right now, iCloud Voicemail is in beta. But Apple is expected to officially include iCloud voicemail in iOS 10. The feature aims to bridge the gap between email and voicemail. Users can take advantage of iCloud Voicemail to send and receive voicemail messages more efficiently. At the same time, the feature will allow them to read the transcribed message just by pressing a button. Thus, users can now receive messages without reading their voicemail messages.

2) Improved Maps app

The next version of iOS may come with an updated and redesigned Maps app. Apple is using a fleet of drones to make the redesigned Maps app deliver more relevant directions and information to users. It further significantly improves the map service using inland navigation functionality. The Apple team will collect a variety of information – whether a road is under construction, changes to a road, and road signs – quickly and efficiently based on the information collected by drones. They will further include the updated information in the Maps app continuously 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. Besides allowing users to record and edit videos, the new video sharing app will also allow them to apply filters and drawings to the video clip. The users will have the option to share the video clips with their friends through the popular social networks. Apple has further included a number of advanced features in the video sharing app to enable 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 do not have the option to enable dark mode when using iOS 10. iOS 11 will allow users to enable dark mode on their iPhones or iPads, just like Apple TV.

5) Siri with natural voice

Every new version of iOS comes with an improved Siri. The updated version of Siri helps users perform specific tasks and collect relevant information through voice commands. iOS 11 is expected to ship with an updated Siri that feels more natural. Therefore, users will want to interact 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 contact availability

Based on 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 working status of their device. Apple can further simplify the process of checking a contact’s availability by integrating these details into the Contacts app.

7) Group Facetime Calls

Currently, Facetime supports one-on-one video calling. Therefore, users frequently use third-party apps like 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 in Apple’s App Store obsolete. As the next version of iOS will only be available for devices with 64-bit processors and software, over 200,000 apps will soon become obsolete. Hence the IOS Application Developers have to rewrite and update a lot of apps to make them relevant and take advantage of the new features provided by iOS 11. However, developers can only confirm the rumored features after Apple unveiled iOS at its WWDC in June.

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