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Features of Apple iOS 11 which are Game Changer for iPhone users

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Apple’s iOS11 has been released to the public, for iPhone and iPad users on 19th Sept 2017. This is a major update which has brought so many new features like Better maps, multi-lingual Siri, Easy Wi-Fi sharing, Redesigned control center, Do Not Disturb While Driving, a new Lock Screen, new App Store, new Files app and much more. iOS 11 has a major focus for iPad with new ways to share data and multitask with Drag and Drop, upgraded Split View and a new Dock. In this article, I will write about some of the new features in iOS 11. Most of the iOS devices which run iOS 10 can upgrade to iOS 11 for free. The new iPhone 8 and iPhone X come with preinstalled iOS 11 and have some unique features to take full advantage of the improved hardware. An iOS 11 starts a 64 bit only software era.

With this release of new iOS 11 OS, the iOS App Development companies need to upgrade their developer’s skills which will ultimately give more power to iPhone developers to build more powerful apps. There is a link to some best quality iOS development work here. You can contact them if you like their work.
If you want to upgrade to iOS 11 then go to open Settings > General > Software Update. Also either you should be plugged in or have at least 50% battery power for the update process to start.

What’s new in iOS 11?

iOS 11 offers many new features for iOS users with a special focus on iPad with more way to multitask and use iOS on the big screen. There are many things which are common to both iPhone and iPad.

  • Augmented Reality (AR)

With iOS 11 release, iOS developers got more power to build AR apps. Google and Amazon have been doing lots of research in AR. With iOS11 Apple will also not be lagged behind rather with the AR toolkit lined up in iOS 11 Apple will surpass both Google and Amazon. Actually, AR is a technology which avails the partial reality experience. The best example of AR is the game Pokemon Go. But Pokemon Go is also just a start while Apple is trying to expand the boundaries and taking it to next level by making it available for third-party developers. AR toolkit will unlock the powers of millions of iOS developers to have the AR experience smoothly. iOS 11 will help in integrating digital objects along with the information on your surrounding and taking your app out of the screen to allow them to connect with the real world in amazing ways. 3D model can be build up of the user’s surroundings and then the app will put up virtual objects on the display of the iOS device.

  • Apple Pay – You can pay someone through iMessage

Apply Pay was already super convenient but with iOS 11, iPhone users can send money to each other through iMessage, using credit or debit cards in their virtual wallet. This is quite useful. The thing of this situation, you and your friend did dinner together and you don’t have change and you want to pay to your friend. You just have to tap the icon, enter the amount, sync with Touch ID and you are done.

  • No more searching for passwords – share WiFi access with ease

iOS 11 will spare you the tedious process of hunting for their network password each time you want to grant access to your friends. You can press an iPhone or iPad running iOS11 against another device which is already logged in and a request for access is sent to the logged in user. Then they can easily send the WiFi password to the new device with a single tap. There is no need to scrabble behind the router.

  • Control Center customization

In iOS 11, the control center is getting a new look with extra functionality. You can customize the screen to your needs with extra widgets and buttons. For e.g. A home control which dims the lights or a button for Apple TV. Now you can make it like pretty busy and you also have the option to keep it clean and simple if you like.

  • With iOS 11, Siri is smarter

Siri is getting a more natural sounding voice with iOS 11 update. To make Siri sound like an AI from the future, Apple gave it a way to say the same word with different tones. Siri is also boosting its contextual learning. Siri is on more than 375 million devices and is in more languages than any other personal assistant. Apple is using deep learning for a quick translation. If you want to order an authentic dish in Chinese then Siri can say it for you.


iOS 11 is another eagerly waited and very much welcomed free update for iPhone and iPad user base. Although the big features are reserved for iPad only but there are many things which we have discussed above are for all iOS users. Overall, iOS 11 is a great update for iPhone and a fantastic one for iPad with so many new features to boost productivity.

What are the latest iOS App Development Trends for Developers in 2017?

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Importance of mobile application is gaining as their use and applications have been found in our everyday life. Apple is witnessing many dynamic changes as it is evolving itself for the changing market demands, embracing a more open source outlook and incorporating many cutting-edge technologies. Apple is applying new technologies in iPhone and iPad. For e.g. iBeacon is a device which is using IoT for making more better apps. There are many retailers using the iBeacon devices and growing their business. Apple is continuously trying to provide its users something new while keeping it simple and secure.

Now we will look into some of the iOS app development trends which will be prevalent in 2017 and can be considered by the developers.

  • Demand for iBeacon Technology

iBeacon is a proprietary technology of Apple but can be used by Android devices also. You can use Beacons and iBeacons across your customer base. The retailers are getting huge benefits using the Beacon technology in the retail market. Many of the Apple iOS apps have launched Beacon app for the retail industry and have great success. 85% of US retailers have already deployed Beacon having a total sale of $4 Billion.

  •  Cloud Technology

With the application of new technology like Cloud computing in iPhone app development, businesses want to hire iOS developers who have deep knowledge of these concepts. App development has limits as per the user demands. Users want to access the app everywhere. The cloud-based applications allow mobile access to corporate data using iPhone. The businesses and companies can use the cloud computing feature to keep a connection with the employees and customers from a distant location. You can offer options to employees to work on travel, freelancing or from remote locations and enjoy greater employee and customer satisfaction.

  • Use of Swift Programming Language

Objective-C was used to create iOS apps since many years. Swift is an innovative programming language developed by Apple especially to create iOS apps which can co-exist with Objective-C but Swift is much better. The iOS app developers should learn Swift if they want to develop iOS apps in future. Swift will help developers to create better apps for iPhone, Mac and iPad users. Swift is faster to code and easier to test. Swift is designed to replace Objective-C for Apple apps and is more powerful and feature-rich language than Python. Hence Swift is one of the most promising trends in iOS app development in 2017.

  • Security Features will get more attention

Now in this time, mobile business is growing at a tremendous rate. Many of the mobile users have doubts regarding the security when they are purchasing a product or service or making a business deal using mobile apps. Now is the time iPhone app developers have to add high-end security features in the iPhone apps. With more security, the app users will trust more the app and the mobile business will grow even faster.

  • Wearable and IoT Technologies

Wearable Technology is bringing revolution in the way you do many tasks. The wearable technology application can smartly help you for the betterment of your business or tasks you do daily. IoT is also evolving fast from the interference of wireless technologies, microdevices, micro-electronic system and their connection to the internet. This convergence has been very helpful and removed the barrier between operational technology and IT which allows machine-generated data to be analyzed. Hence IoT and wearable technologies are the new trends to be watched out for in iOS app development in 2017.

  • More focus on Mobile Commerce

First, there was a trend for E-commerce and now this new trend is for M-Commerce. Each of the E-commerce websites will ultimately have a mobile app as a number of mobile users has reached to all-time high and most of them use their mobile to do business transactions online. The wallet and beacons technologies are gaining more popularity as users are more likely to purchase if checkout and payment process is more simple and secure. The iPhone developers can follow this trend in iOS app development to improve the iPhone app.


By looking at these above latest trends in iPhone app development in 2017, we expect to see major technological changes in design and development process of iPhone apps in coming future. If the developers will apply these trends while creating iPhone apps then not only they will gain more knowledge about latest technology but it will also present before iPhone users a more secure, technologically advanced and user-friendly user experience.

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