Published: Wed, June 07, 2017
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Apple's iOS 11 Gets Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature

A new voice will be introduced in Siri with iOS 11 update. Here's what we know so far. Certain applications will now have a dot on their corresponding icons when updates and notifications are available within the app. Apple, as well as several Android OEMs, have utilized the notification dot feature, but it has never before been a native feature on Android. The design is more card-based, and individual elements are more distinct than they were previously. In iOS 11, there are new filters with professional quality.

Some of the new features aren't available in the beta version, such as the augmented reality experiences. This feature will be rolled out with iOS 11 later this year.

What new features does iOS 11 have? The research firm eMarketer says than 35 million people in the USA are expected to use a voice-activated speaker at least once a month this year, more than double its estimate from last year. They are joined by two new iPad models. It'll mean easier opening and switching apps, and it's completely customisable too.

The legendary Spinal Tap guitarist Nigel Tufnell once said that when you need that extra push over the cliff, you turn the amps up to 11. The Maps app will also notify you about speed limits.

Plus, you'll get new Drag and Drop capabilities that'll let you move attachments, images, text and more between one app and another simply by tapping and dragging.

Caroline Perry, Brake's NZ Director says: "We're pleased to see this technology being used to help drivers stay focused on the road and not their phones".

Fortunately, you have plenty of time to make up your mind about the HomePod.

The release of AirPlay 2 will not only bring multiroom audio support, but it also adds speakers to the list of devices controllable with Apple's smart home protocol, HomeKit. With iOS 11, Apple has put the controls you care about in one place. The size of photos will also be compressed while maintaining the same quality. Also, the photos will now consume lesser storage.

The App Store has been completely redesigned with Apps, Games and a new Today tab.

Apple users will be enabled to send and receive money with their friends.

The smart assistant can also quickly translate English into Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish, with more language combinations to come. You'll be able to see their public profiles to find out what they've been listening to. It's down to one pane rather than three, and you're able to customize settings and buttons to whatever you want.

The feature, called "Do Not Disturb While Driving", senses when you're driving using either Bluetooth or WiFi doppler effect to detect how fast you are moving.

Apple was sued six months ago in relation to a case involving a fatal vehicle crash blamed on a teenage driver using the company's FaceTime video calling app.

Which iPhones and iPads will get iOS 11? The shift to 64-bit apps means those devices will have to remain on iOS 10. Apple's entry into the market could change that.

Shoppers should also take note that while Amazon and Google are known to regularly roll out discounted promotions on its devices-the Echo was going for $130 for Amazon Prime Day last summer-Apple introduces discounts rarely, and pretty much never for brand-new products.

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