1New Features to Look for in Apple’s iOS 11
2Will Apple Provide iMessage Support for Android?
Arguably the biggest iOS 11 rumor is that Apple is planning to offer iMessage on Android. The feature would mean Android owners could download iMessage for free and communicate with their iPhone, iPad and Mac counterparts without sending their messages through a wireless carrier. Apple’s iMessage likely would be offered in the Google Play marketplace.
3FaceTime Conferencing Calling Support
FaceTime historically has been a solution for two people to communicate from their iOS or macOS devices. But that could change in iOS 11, when Apple offers group- and conference-calling support in the tool. That means many more people would be able to participate in a single call, and FaceTime finally could find a way to appeal to corporate users.
4Apple Gathering Indoor Mapping Data
Over the last few months, Apple has been said to be investing in cameras and drone technology to boost its Maps service. More specifically, Apple reportedly is capturing photos of prominent locations around the world to offer Maps users indoor mapping data. Apple will continue improving its indoor data, but will offer its first glimpses at the feature in iOS 11.
5Big Improvements to Siri Are Predicted
Apple’s Siri gets updates every year, so it shouldn’t surprise folks if that happens again in 2017. Look for Siri to get smarter and more capable of hearing and responding to requests. Apple has a big fight on its hands against Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana, and improving Siri is rumored to be among its priorities for iOS 11.
6Look for Multiuser Support
Apple already offers multiuser support in iPads that run custom software developed for the education market, but the company hasn’t yet brought the feature to the masses. But this is expected to happen with iOS 11. The feature would mean users could log into their own accounts on an iOS-based device and access their apps and settings. It also could offer a guest mode for unauthorized users to quickly perform a couple tasks on a device.
7Night Mode Is Overdue on iOS
A night mode has been conspicuously absent from iOS, but that could change this year. According to several reports, Apple is readying a night mode for iOS 11 to reduce eye strain by adapting to low-light conditions. It’s likely the feature will work with the iPhone’s ambient light sensor, so users can adjust the display automatically depending on the light in their environment.
8There’s Talk of Major Improvements to Apple Music
9Apple Gets Serious About Video Streaming
10User Interface Will Get Only Minor Tweaks
11Apple Will Stick to its Usual iOS Release Schedule
Apple has kept a familiar release schedule over the years, and that likely won’t change in 2017. Apple reportedly plans to announce the iOS 11 update the Worldwide Developers Conference in June and make a developer preview available soon after. The final iOS 11 is expected to be released days ahead of the next iPhone, which is projected to reach store shelves in September.