iOS 11, coming Sep. 19, will include a raft of new features, in time for the ensuing releases of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X.
Voice assistant Siri can now anticipate your needs -- thanks to advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence -- so it'll make suggestions even before you bother to ask.
A revamped iMessage app in iOS 11 will include a drawer to easily find your iMessage apps and stickers. iMessage users will also be to use Apple Pay to make person-to-person payments in a message, much as you can send and receive money in Venmo.
The new QuickType Keyboard puts letters, numbers, symbols, and punctuation marks on the same keyboard, so they're more accessible. If you've got your hands full, then you can switch to one-handed typing by just touching and holding the emoji key, and selecting one-handed typing, so the keys will reorient near your thumb. But when you're driving, Apple will prevent your contacts from distracting you with a notification message. When it's safe to connect again, you'll be able to access all your notifications, just by pulling down your lock screen.
Photos will do a better job of discovering and displaying Memories. Portrait photos will now be enhanced with professional-quality filters that make skin tones appear more authentic. Other filters will bring classic looks to your portraits and advanced compression technology lets you capture high-quality photos at 50 percent smaller file sizes. Three new features, Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure, allow you to respectively turn photos into video loops, make Live Photos "rock back and forth" and capture the image's stationary elements while blurring the moving ones.
And navigation will include lane guidance and display current speed. You will also be able to turn on a do-not-disturb setting while driving.
Tired of seeing all the news that's fit to print? News becomes more relevant with personalized recommendations from Siri. Spotlighted selections from editors and top videos in Today View round out the experience.
Apple Music will gain social features, letting you share playlists and see what friends are listening to. Apple Maps will offer floor plans for malls and major airports.
And a remodeled App Store will break out games into their own dedicated space, letting you browse game genres, see new releases, watch video, and see gaming tips. Apple also announced augmented-reality developer tools to let game and app developers build AR apps for iOS 11.
The biggest changes to iOS, however, will be for iPads, where Apple is bringing the MacOS Dock to its tablet, giving users quick access to apps and files. iOS 11 will also borrow Spaces from the Mac, letting iPad users easily move between apps or pairs of active apps. Users will also be able to drag and drop items between apps. Perhaps the most longed-for feature is Files, which will display all your files and attachments in a grid or list view, letting you browse and search for files, and work across major cloud storage services, including iCloud, Box, Dropbox, OneCloud, and Google Drive.
With Automatic Setup, you'll be able to transfer your settings, preferences and iCoud Keychain passwords from your old device to your new one by holding them near each other.
It won't be available until Sep. 19, but if you can't wait, you can try out the public beta here.
Note: iOS 11 is available for iPhone 5s and later; iPad mini 2, iPad 5th generation, iPad Air, iPad Pro and later; and iPod touch 6th generation.