WWDC Software Recap: iOS 11, tvOS 11, watchOS 4, & macOS High Sierra

Today was a big day for Apple as it unveiled new software and hardware at its WWDC. In this article, we will highlight all the operating systems new features that were announced.

iOS 11

The operating system iOS 11 will now feature something called Apple Pay Cash Card which will allow users to store their funds from peer-to-peer transactions, and transfer the funds to a personal bank account if desired.

Siri now sounds more natural and can perform translations in English, Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish and German.

The personal assistant will also make suggestions about things that might interest you such as articles and videos thanks to something Craig Federighi calls “On-device” learning. This On-device learning will be synced to your other Apple devices and will be personalized to each user.

The App Store will look more like Apple Music and more features have been added for iPad users such as a multi-app view, drag and drop support and more.

Apple Maps now includes indoor maps for airports and shopping centers in select cities. The Maps app will also offer lane guidance, speed limits to unfamiliar highways and a Do Not Disturb while Driving to help users stay focus on the road.

It’s also worth noting that Apple will be launching an AR kit this year, and the lock screen and Notifications windows are now merging into one.

watchOS 4

A new Siri watch face will be added to watchOS 4, this is an intelligent and dynamic face that changes information based on what’s on your calendar and other apps. A kaleidoscope watch face has been added as well as Toy Story character watch faces.

Apple has added challenges in the Activity app from time to time in the past but with the new update, you can expect monthly challenges that are personalized and a new flair on achievements.

The Workout app has an updated interface and improvements have been made to swimming workouts.

In addition, the Apple Watch will work with NFC-enabled gym equipment, and new workouts can be added during a current workout session by tapping on the new plus button. Other updates include a new Music app, a Bluetooth pairing features with smart devices and the Dock on watchOS 4 has a new vertical scrolling interface.

tvOS

Not much information was released about tvOS, the main highlight for the operating system was Amazon Prime Video coming to Apple TV. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that “you’ll be hearing a lot more about tvOS later this year.” So we’ll have to see what else Apple has in store.

macOS High Sierra

The macOS will be call macOS High Sierra which is said to be faster, safer and take up less space. The reason behind the faster and safer performance is due to Apple’s File System which will replace the Hierarchical File System. Safari’s JavaScript performance is said to be 80 percent faster than Chrome’s. As for safety, Safari will use the machine learning to block ad trackers and autoplay videos as users surf the web.

The Photos app has been updated to give users a Photoshop experience and an easier way to search for images. The Mail app will take up 35 percent less space and will support split view so you can check your email and surf the web at the same time.

During the event, Apple announced a new version of its graphics technology called Metal 2, which will now support VR.