Smarter Siri, More Updates Arriving with iOS 11

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Apple has announced that its iOS 11 software update is to include a new "Do not disturb while driving" mode for the iPhone. However, this year's iOS 11 will focus on iPad productivity the most, as far as Apple announced.

While the phone will still work (and it's a little bit unbelievable that it still does), users won't be able to download the latest apps or security upgrades to protect against hackers and vulnerabilities.

In addition to support for FLAC, Apple is introducing a ton of new features that could kickstart the transformation of iOS from simply a mobile operating system to a legitimate hybrid platform with desktop functionalities. Here is the list of devices compatible with this new iOS: iPhone SE, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and 6 (Plus), iPhone 6s (Plus), iPhone 7 and 7 (Plus), iPad Pro, iPad mini 2/3/4, IPod touch 6G and iPad Air 1 or 2.

Apple Pay is also managed via Siri, which is just one out of Siri's many new and improved features and perks. It also showed that drivers who perform a secondary task at the wheel are two to three times more likely to crash.

BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long describes the price for HomePod as being similar to "the combination of a Sonos Play:3 and an Amazon Echo Dot, though with a more integrated user experience".

As Apple prepares to release its upcoming iOS 10.3 update within the next few weeks, tech experts who have already received a beta have noted that the upcoming the iOS 11 will likely render about 187,000 apps obsolete.

"Apple has been warning of this migration to its 64-bit hardware for a number of years, but this news will still undoubtedly blindside a number of its customers, " Ernest Doku, a telecoms expert at uSwitch.com told the BBC.

The Sun reports Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, revealed the new feature at the Worldwide Developers conference in San Diego earlier this week, explaining: 'When you are driving, you don't need to be responding to these kind of messages. Fans will face the choice of abandoning those games or apps which do not update or risking their phone's security by refusing to update to the iOS 11. While manufacturing has been said to be delayed because of supply issues, mass production of the new iPhones has now started, Latvian designer Benjamin Geskin noted in a tweet yesterday.

Vanessa Coleman

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