Why iOS 11 will keep developers busy

Another cycle, another update for iOS.

And just like in the past, anticipation was high for what's new in Apple's mobile operating system. Matter of factly, oohs and ahhs were aplenty on a number of new things iOS 11 has to offer. The new iteration specifically empowers the iPad more, just as predicted.

To recap:

. For good measure, there's also a built-in screen recorder on the Control Center.

Now, two things stand out from that whirlwind of features:

Those were the good. And the bad?

The worst part of all of this is that with the new iOS, Apple will be ending support for older devices, which would include the iPhone 5 and 5c, plus the fourth-generation iPad.

iOS 11 will also only operate in 64-bit devices, meaning Apple will remove support for 32-bit devices - which is where those three devices above fall. More horribly, if an app isn't updated for 64-bit iOS devices, then you'll be encountering some trouble with them when you install or restore them to your device. This is on developers, though; they've got to keep up with the pace.

Even more bad news from venture capitalist Sean Cook, who discovered an 'end of an era', pertaining to social media.

He tweeted: "Social accounts have been removed from Settings in iOS 11. Third-party apps no longer have access to those signed-in accounts."

Which means, if you use Facebook to login to some other app, well, good luck.

You can go to Settings > General > About > Applications > App Compatibility to see which apps are in need of some makeover. And the warning there is stark: "These apps... will not work with future versions of iOS is they are not updated. If no update is available, contact the app developer." Sheesh.

(Let's just hope something like that obnoxious restart loop that plagued iOS 10 in its early stages won't happen again, or that Maps fiasco on iOS 6, prompting Apple CEO Tim Cook to issue a rare apology.)

However, we won't be seeing iOS 11 on our devices soon enough - unless you're a registered developer for Apple. If you're not, yet still insist to get it for bragging rights, get ready to shell out $99 (Dh364) to download it. Beware, though: it's still in its early stage, so if anything happens that'll mess up your device, well, you've been warned.

Apple will make a public beta available in the coming weeks, and getting yourself into that programme is free of charge. But seriously, just wait when fall comes in the US, when it's expected that the full version of iOS 11 will be available. Even better maybe, just wait for the next iPhone in September, because it's expected that those new devices will ship with the new iOS.

The general sentiment is that iOS 11 is a welcome change for Apple's devices. If the crowd - developers, specifically - at the Worldwide Developers Conference is to be considered, they are all excited with the new possibilities they'd be able to bring to the table.

As the video intro to the WWDC depicting an 'Appocalypse' said at the end, 'Keep making apps. The world is depending on you.'

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The biggest features of previous iOS versions

iPhone Firmware 1(Aug 1, 2007) - iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store, international keyboard support, location awareness, customisable home screen

iPhone Firmware 2 (July 11, 2008) - iPhone 3G support, Genius playlist creation, decrease in call failures, Google Street View

iPhone Firmware 3 (June 17, 2009; would be known as iPhone OS from 3.1) - Copy and paste, Bluetooth stereo streaming, Voice Control of iPhone and iPod, App Store Genius, features and functionality added for iPad

iOS 4 (June 22, 2010) - Multitasking, unified e-mail inbox, iBooks, HDR photos, Game Center, all iOS 4 features brought to iPad, Find My Phone

iOS 5 (Oct 12, 2011) - Support for iCloud and iTunes Match, Twitter integration, Japanese support for Siri

iOS 6 (Sept 19, 2012) - Do Not Disturb, new Maps, Passbook, Facebook integration, Turn-by-turn directions

iOS 7(Sept 18, 2013) - New user interface, iTunes Radio, Control Center, AirDrop, Touch ID on iPhone 5s, iCloud Keychain, Password Generator, CarPlay support, new Siri voices including Mandarin and Japanese

iOS 8(Sept 17, 2014) - Notification Center widgets, third-party keyboards, HealthKit support, HomeKit support, Wi-Fi calling, iOS-to-Mac AirDrop support, Apple Pay support, iCloud Photo Library beta, Apple Watch support, multicultural emojis support, Apple Music

iOS 9 (Sept 16, 2015) - Maps with mass transit directions, 3D Touch on iPhone 6s, Live Photos, smaller file size for apps, new emojis, iPad Pro support, Night Shift

iOS 10 (Sept 13, 2016) - Raise to Wake, Lock Screen revamped, stock apps can be uninstalled, more emojis, Bedtime, unsubscribing to mail lists, new Mail interface, more interactive Messages, copy and paste across Apple devices, voicemail transcription

Source : http://www.khaleejtimes.com/technology/why-ios-11-will-keep-developers-busy

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