IOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4 Overview

Apple operating systems: iOS 11, macOS 10.13 High Sierra and watchOS 4 at a glance

The WWDC was again this year a stage for the presentation of several new Apple operating systems. IOS 11 is particularly noticeable on the iPad and brings a new App Store. At macOS High Sierra the Apple File System, HEVC, Metal 2 and Virtual Reality are used. Siri plays a bigger role in watchOS 4.

Table of Contents

  1. 1 iOS 11 – The iPad as a desktop replacement
    1. Files and a new dock
    2. Mission Control for the iPad
    3. More features for the Apple Pencil
    4. Send Money with Apple Pay
    5. HEVC as a new codec
    6. A completely new App Store
    7. New voices for Siri
    8. Changes under the hood
    9. Compatibility to iPhone and iPad
  2. 2 macOS 10.13 High Sierra – Feintuning
    1. APFS, HEVC, Metal 2, and VR
    2. Sort pictures better in photos
    3. Safari blocks ad tracking
    4. Messages in the cloud
  3. 3 watchOS 4 – More Siri and Disney
    1. Three new dials
    2. Activity app renewed
    3. Workouts start faster
    4. More music
  4. TvOS – Amazon is coming
  5. New hardware

IOS 11 – The iPad as a desktop replacement

With iOS 11 the iPad comes dangerously close to the Mac. A file browser, a new dock for more apps and features, as well as enhanced multitasking, provide features and features that were previously only available with the Apple desktop computers. Developers can test the operating system from now on, for the broad mass it should be from the end of June a public beta and to the autumn the final version.

Files and a new dock

The new file browser – short files – gives users an overview of all documents stored locally and in the cloud. In addition to files stored on the device, Apple ID and iCloud Drive can also display files from other iOS devices of the user. In addition to Apple’s cloud storage, services such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive and more are supported. Files can be sorted as in macOS in different views with large icons or many details. There are also tags and a search.

The dock from macOS is also available on iOS 11 on the iPad. It takes on a lot more apps than before, on the other hand, it is now accessible from any screen via a wipe from the frame into the display, so that no longer has to be switched on the Homescreen to start a new application. Based on the user behavior, the new Dock can also propose installed apps, which makes iOS 11 useful for the everyday use of the user.

Mission Control for the iPad

The dock plays an important role in extended multitasking. A new app can be dragged directly from the dock over the currently used app and dock on the display edge. If desired, you can switch from this view to SlideOver and SplitView as before. The new app overview is strongly reminiscent of Mission Control from macOS. In addition to the open applications, there are now also split-view sessions, the new dock and a revised control center can be seen. Thanks to a new drag-and-drop feature, content such as images, links, or text can be easily moved between the various windows, sessions, and apps.

More features for the Apple Pencil

The Apple pencil for the iPad Pro Apple donates a number of new functions under iOS 11. With the new operating system, the pen has only briefly touches the display, in order to be able to add “instant markup” PDFs or screenshots to handwriting notes. “Instant Notes”, on the other hand, are started via the lock screen by the user touching the display again with the stylus. The Notes app no ​​longer needs to be started manually. The new “Inline Drawing” ensures that text, for example, intelligently eavesdrops the user’s drawings in an e-mail, as well as the ability to search for handwritten notes, which is only possible in English and Chinese. The new document scanner straightens recordings, corrects the tilt and reflections, and automatically detects input fields,

For keyboard input, a new QuickType keyboard is available that combines letters, numbers and special characters in one view – Android users have known this for years. Numbers and special characters can be called up with a short fingertip via the button. The keyboard flicking can be used on all iPads apart from the first generation of the iPad Pro with 12.9 inches.

Send Money with Apple Pay

IOS 11 also offers a range of new features for all three device classes – the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Apple Pay draws into messages, so users can send money from a credit or debit card. The money is stored on the new Apple Pay Cash and secured by touch ID. Apple Pay, however, has also not been announced to WWDC for Germany.

HEVC as a new codec

LivePhotos get new features with loops, bounce effect and long exposure. In addition, you can define which shot of the LivePhoto is to be used as a still image. For portrait mode, Apple promises more expressive photos with more natural skin tones. In the portrait mode, several filters are now available for subsequent editing. For the user is not visible at first sight the change from H.264 to H.265 (HEVC) for videos as well as its photo supporter for pictures. For the user should be thanks to much smaller files due to more free device memory noticeable.

A completely new App Store

Among the most revised apps are the App Store, Messages, Apple Music, Maps and News on iOS 11. The Apple App Store has a completely new design with a daily view. Here, Apple lists the most important new releases of the day. Games and apps will finally be clearly separated from each other in the new App Store. In Messages, Apple makes it easier to access stickers, emojis and games through a new app drawer. In Apple Music, a user profile can be created and shared that allows friends to make recommendations for new music. Maps has expanded to include indoor maps of many airports and shopping centers, as well as road signs for navigation. The news app should automatically find the right articles for the user’s preferences.

New voices for Siri

Siri is supposed to be more helpful than ever under iOS 11. Apple wants to do this with machine learning directly on the device and improved artificial intelligence of the assistant. The female and male voice of Siri were revised for a more natural pronunciation. Siri can now also translate from English to Chinese, Spanish, French, German and Italian. Also new features are Apple Music, such as asking for band members.

Changes under the hood

Among the not immediately visible features of iOS 11 is AirPlay 2, which can now also control speakers and complete audio systems. If the protocol is supported by the devices, songs can be played individually per room or on all loudspeakers. In addition, the volume can be individually controlled for each room. The blocking screen and notifications grow in iOS 11 to a screen, which can be reached by wiping from above. New is also a non-disruptive mode during the use of Apple CarPlay. For the initial setup of an iPhones or iPads, this has now only to be placed next to another Apple device with iOS or macOS, in order to accept the settings of the user.

Compatibility to iPhone and iPad

IOS 11 is compatible with the iPhone 7 (Plus) (Test), 6s (Plus), 6 (Plus), iPhone SE and iPhone 5s. The tablets are supported by the iPad Pro with 12.9 inches of the second and first generation, the iPad Pro with 9.7 and 10.5 inches, iPad Air 2, Air, iPad, iPad mini 4, 3 and 2. In addition, iOS 11 can be installed on the sixth generation iPod touch. The final version is to be released according to Apple in autumn.

On the next page: macOS 10.13 High Sierra – Feintuning



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