(WTNH) — On September 12th, Apple held its’ annual keynote event where they unveiled a new device called the iPhone X, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, as well as a few additional products. Along with the product announcements, Apple also announced the upgrade to its’ operating system with the release of iOS 11.
Unlike past updates, iOS 11 is an iPhone and iPad game-changer with many new features. This upgrade, if you have a phone that is an iPhone 5S or later model (check the full list of compatible devices here), will become available in your settings on Tuesday, September 19th at 1pm ET. Simply click on “Settings”, scroll down to “General” and “Software Update” to update your device.
8 of the many stand-out features to know about:
Increased Storage Space: annoyed with messages of, “Storage Almost Full”? Now users will be able to save space on phones with a new feature showcasing suggested apps to remove if they haven’t been used in a while
Revamped Control Center: personalize quick access to various controls. By swiping up, you’ll be able to personalize controls like Bluetooth and flashlight and quickly access up to 18 different controls in this space
Emojis: bring Emojis to life with “Animojis”. They can now pick up facial expressions and animate Emojis specifically created for the iPhone X using FaceID technology within its’ TrueDepth camera. No iPhone X? There will still be new Emojis released including an exploding head, a starstruck person, a sandwich as well as T-Rex not in this latest update but at the end of 2017
Prevent Distracted Driving: be safe while driving! A new do not disturb mode utilizing Bluetooth connections is coming for drivers. The iPhone will now detect when a user is driving and silences notifications
Photo Effects: easily create GIF images by using the new loop and bounce photo features
Keyboard Controls: multitask by using the new one-handed typing feature
Siri: two new updates to Siri – one introduces Siri Translation where asking Siri, “How do you say…” in a language will provide instant translation into Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The other update is a typing Siri instead of talking to it
Apple Maps: making it easier to navigate within large buildings like malls or airports users can now take a look at locations within a space. Maps has also added speed limits and lane guidance
The Apple App Store is also changing with a sleeker look and Apple is making connecting to a friend’s WiFi easier by simply bringing your phone near any iPhone, iPad or Mac connected to the network with you in their contacts.
For the complete list of updates visit Apple.com