Apple's newest operating system for iPhones and iPads, iOS 11, finally launches this month. We'll learn the official release date for iOS 11 at Apple's big event on September 12; Apple calls its newest iOS "a giant step for iPhone" and "a monumental leap for iPad."
Here are 13 things everyone will love in the next big iPhone and iPad update:
1. Live Photos will be much better. Now you can make your live photos into GIFs, which you can make bounce back and forth. Also, you can finally choose which still frame of the Live Photo is the main image, making it easier to find the perfect moment to share on social media.
2. You’ll be able to store way more photos and videos on your phone. Apple is changing the compression formats in iOS 11, which will allow you to store more photos and videos on your phone. Apple says you'll be able to save twice as many photos and videos on your device than in iOS 10.
3. The App Store is getting a much-needed face-lift. Apple is finally bringing the design language it established for newer apps like Music and News to the App Store itself. Not only did Apple make the App Store look cleaner, with better, bolder text, it also changed its organization. Now everyone will have a personalized "Today" tab to highlight unique apps and games. And speaking of games, Apple has finally dedicated a full tab of the App Store to games, making new or notable ones much easier to find.
4. The Messages app is getting cleaned up. It felt like mayhem when Apple added the app drawer to its Messages app. Suddenly, you could add stickers and GIFs and all sorts of buttons and visuals to your messages, but all the new options weren't easy to find and were somewhat overwhelming. Apple redesigned the app drawer in Messages for iOS 11, making it much easier to browse all the various stickers and emojis at your disposal.
5. Siri sounds more natural and can translate for you.
Apple says Siri is going to get much more advanced through machine learning and artificial intelligence — it's unclear whether these changes would make Siri better to use, but at the very least, Apple has made Siri sound a bit less robotic and more natural, a bit like Amazon's Alexa assistant. And Apple is also testing a cool translation feature for Siri, where if you ask the assistant to say a certain phrase in a different language, like Chinese or Italian, it will speak on your behalf in the desired language.