At the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, Apple announced updates to tvOS, macOS, watchOS and iOS. Last year, Apple’s release of iOS 10 included improvements to the Lock Screen and its stock apps such as third party integrations in the Messages and Maps app. And this year, Apple is especially focusing on productivity for the iPad with iOS 11.
Developers can download a preview of iOS 11 through developer.apple.com now. There will be a public beta program available for iOS users later this month at beta.apple.com. And the public release of iOS 11 will be available in the fall for the iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Airs, all iPad Pros, the iPad 5th generation, the iPad mini 2 and later and the iPod touch 6th generation. This article contains a roundup of all the major iOS 11 features.
Redesigned App Drawer On Messages
In iOS 11, Apple has redesigned the App Drawer feature on the Messages app. You will notice that the redesigned App Drawer makes it easier to share content through the Messages app such as Apple Music songs or Starbucks Gift Cards.
Messages App Syncs Across Multiple Devices
Now the Messages app will sync across multiple devices. So if you delete a message on the Messages app on your iPhone, then it will also delete on the iPad and the Mac and vice-versa. This feature is supported with end-to-end encryption.
Pay Your Friends Through Apple Pay
One of the best new features in iOS 11 is the ability to transfer money to friends using Apple Pay. You can do this by opening Apple Pay through the Messages app and sending money from debit and credit cards via your Apple Wallet.