As you all have probably guessed by now, being an Apple geek comes naturally to me in fact as I sit in my favourite chair in the living room I am typing this on my most treasured possession, my Apple Mac. One of the main reasons for my love of Apple are the updates that occur every once in a while, because these updates make it actually feel like you are holding a new mobile phone, which if you are an Apple geek you count down the days until the next update is released.
However, the release doesn’t come straight away, there’s normally a keynote first several weeks before the eventual release date, and this year was no exception talking about the new IOS features for the iPhones. Although this IOS is reported to be quite different from the previous IOS versions, Apple has again remained consistent with their naming conventions, because this IOS version is called IOS 11, so all the different IOS versions remain in a consecutive order to make it easier for users to be able to follow their update patterns.
The big update that comes with the latest IOS is the major improvement within the App store, this makes the App store look more organised much like the way in which the News app is designed and also the music application was redesigned to incorporate Apple Music for Apple’s many users. Apple seem like they are trying to make their products and software easier to use by making all of the apps look and feel more organised and fluid whilst the user is using them.
Also the lock screen and the different notifications that users receive from the different applications on their phone have now been combined into one screen, again making it much easier for the many users Apple has when they come to use their mobile phones or their iPad’s as well.
The Apple control centre has now also been redesigned to make the whole look of the control centre more customisable for the user, this is so that then whilst using the iPhone the user has a more personalised experience, because their phone down to a certain point won’t be the same as the people that they are sitting next to on the train or the bus or wherever for that matter. This could also be seen as Apple trying to make more changes to the usability of the iPhone or iPad, because people tend to find things easier to work if they are fully customised to them and the way that they work.
Another feature that has been updated within the IOS is the Messages app, one of the updates that has taken place with this is that there is a new app drawer, which contains more stickers that are able to be placed anywhere next to a message within the messages app. Next there is also a feature that lets contacts pay their contacts with Apple Pay within the app, this means that there is very little need for bank transfers these days like they used to be. In addition to this there is also iCloud for messages that’ll sync all of your messages across to all of your IOS devices across the home. Then there is the genius invention of a thumb type keyboard, this means that you will finally be able to type, just by using your thumb, the keyboard moves across closer to the thumb that they use to type with.
Furthermore, the maps app has been updated as well, now there is lane guidance within the App, as well as this if the user is within a well-known busy shopping centre, then the maps app has now also got indoor navigation as well, so this means that people won’t get lost going around shopping centres again. In addition to this, your phone will now also be able to check when you’re driving, therefor you’re not getting any notifications whilst you are driving, so there are no distractions.
That’s about it for the IOS 11 update on the iPhone, although it is coming on the iPad as well but the changes to me don’t seem as big on the iPad.
As always comment in the box below with your favourite feature of IOS 11 and what you are most looking forward to with the new update.
That’s all for now, stay safe and take care