Apple’s next iPhone, set to come out later this year, is expected to feature a wide range of new capabilities, thanks to a update coming to the iOS mobile operating system.
Previewed this week at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, iOS 11 will support new features for augmented reality apps, a smarter and more language-savvy Siri digital assistant, expanded payment options through Apple Pay, and more. The iOS update will be available free to iPhone, iPad, and iPod users sometime this fall, Apple said.
While Apple typically launches new iPhones shortly after its iOS updates, this year’s phones are expected to be delayed past the usual release date in September. Various leaks indicate the latest flagship device, which might be named something other than iPhone 8, and two other new iPhones could be delayed due to OLED screen supply constraints and other issues.
‘Biggest AR Platform in the World’
Unveiled Monday at WWDC, iOS 11 will be the “biggest software release ever” for iPad users, Apple said. It will be available for all models of the iPad Air and iPad Pro, as well as for the iPhone 5s and up, 5th-generation iPad, 6th-generation iPod touch, and iPad mini 2 and up.
iOS 11 will deliver “the biggest AR platform in the world,” Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, said Monday in a statement. A developer preview of the new operating system is now available, and a public beta for iOS users is set for release later this month.
“iOS 11 gives iPad users the powerful app functionality they need to take advantage of everything iPad is capable of, and brings hundreds of new features and incredible updates to the iOS apps iPhone and iPad users enjoy every day,” Federighi said.
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