If you’re an Apple fan, you’ll know that the company recently announced that the latest generation of its operating system is to be released soon – probably early in September 2017 together with the iPhone 7S and iPhone 8.

The improvements are quite significant, and these are some of the changes you can expect in iOS 11.

Messages

In iOS 11, the App Drawer feature has been redesigned to make it easier to share content from, for example, Apple Music or other apps. The new operating system also allows you to sync the Messages app across multiple devices. When messages are deleted from one device, they will automatically disappear from your other Apple devices, too. Typing with one hand is easier in iOS 11 with the addition of a one-handed keyboard.

With the new operating system, Apple has introduced Apple Pay, which allows you to make payments from credit or debit cards through your Apple Wallet, by accessing the Apple Pay app through Messages.

App Store

You’ll notice that the interface of the App Store has been changed to resemble the Apple Music interface. Expect changes to the Apple Music app, and especially to your Apple Music profile. In the new Apple Music, you’ll also be able to see what your friends are listening to and look at their curated playlists.

The Podcast app has been revamped to resemble Apple Music, and there are also improvements for Notes (including a scanning function which makes it possible to edit documents which have been photographed), as well as for the News app.

Camera, Photos and Videos

The new Camera app will support HEVC (high-efficiency video coding), which compresses your videos without compromising quality. In addition, Live Videos can be edited to trim video loops, reverse the animation, or set up Long Exposure.

Your photos can also be compressed with HEIF (High Efficiency Image File Format), HEVC’s image equivalent, which is available to users of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Screen recording

With iOS 11, you can record what you are doing on the screen as you do it.

Set up new devices automatically

Setting up a new iPhone or iPad has never been easier. In iOS 11, all you have to do is hold the new device near a device that has already been set up and all your settings will be securely imported.

As operating systems improve, older devices are systematically excluded from the updates, so take note that the new operating system will not be able to run on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, the 4th generation iPad, or earlier devices.

For a complete list of changes in iOS 11, you can go here.

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