The 11 best new features in iOS 11

6) You can now share your music taste with others

Apple Music will now let you to create your own profile with all your favourite playlists and the music you listen to most. And lets you check in on what your friends are listening to as well.

Of course, if you want to hide your penchant for Taylor Swift’s most angsty ballads, you can turn this off and keep your guilty pleasures private. And in this particular case, we suggest you do that.

7) You can settle your debts with iMessage

Owe your mates some cash for last night’s takeaway? In iOS 11, you can send them money using Apple Pay, with the option to use Apple Pay now appearing in the iMessage App Store.

Not quite so forthcoming and have your mates chasing you to cough up? iMessage will recognise that in any text that comes in, and will place a link to Apple Pay in your typing suggestions.

8) AirPlay will let you go multi-room

Apple has announced a new version of AirPlay coming to iOS 11, which will unlock multi-room audio capabilities through Control Center, the Home app or Siri.

A pretty impressive bunch of manufacturers are signed up to AirPlay 2 already, including Dynaudio, Bang & Olufsen, Bowers & Wilkins and Bose, and you’ll also be able to push your Apple TV sound throughout your home too. And of course it'll also work with the sexy new Siri-operated HomePod speaker that Apple also announced at WWDC 2017.

9) Photos now have more pizzazz

The iPhone photo app is getting a few neat editing tricks, including Loop and Bounce continuous video effects for Live Photos (used Boomerang? It's that), and a Long Exposure filter that’ll help capture a Live Photo’s sense of movement in a still shot.

Memories is getting a rejig too. Not only will it be able to automatically group together photos into more categories, like your pets or birthdays, but these will also be optimised for both portrait and landscape orientations. 

10) It'll help free up your storage

If you’re starting to run our of space on your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, iOS 11 could be your storage saviour. Using a new technology called High Efficienct Image File Format (HEIF) that works in a similar way to HEVC for video, it reduces the file size of every photo you take by up to 50%.

There’ll be no worries with compatibility either - any device you send your photos to will be able to read it.

11) It's going to be even better on iPad

While there’s plenty to look forward to from iOS 11 on iPhone, the extra stuff it’s bringing to the iPad looks particularly good. There’s a new Mac-like customisable dock for accessing all your most-used apps on any screen, app switching has been redesigned for slicker multitasking, and new drag and drop functionality makes moving images and text around much easier too. You can read a bit more about all that here.

iOS 11 is available in Beta guise for developers right now, while the rest of us will be able to try it out in a public beta later this month. The full release will debut with - we imagine - Apple's new iPhone 8 this September.

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