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Apple unveils iOS 11 at WWDC

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Apple has officially unveiled iOS 11, the latest update to the operating system for iPhone and iPad.

CEO Tim Cook lifted the lid on the new software last night at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose.

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Design–wise, iOS 11 keeps the same look and feel as before, but adds a plethora of new features.

Perhaps the most exciting is ARkit, a new tool for developers aimed at making apps for the iPhone work better with augmented reality.

In practice this means layering content over real-world views as seen through the device’s camera. Think Pokemon Go and you're there.

The Siri voice-commands app has been tweaked too, with a new, more natural-sounding voice and the ability to translate into French, German, Spanish and Chinese.

Siri improvements extend beyond voice control too, with a boost to the app's machine-learning technology meaning it will be able to make suggestions based on personal usage of Apple’s core apps, including Safari, Mail and Messages.

Apple has also tweaked the Photos app, with new High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) tech slashing the size of photo files taken on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. So your snaps will take up less room on your phone.

It’s also introducing new 'loop' and 'bounce' effects for Live Photos, as well as offering Portrait Mode pics with optical image stabilisation.

Elsewhere, Apple Pay is set to offer peer-to-peer payments, with the ability to pay friends either via Messages or Siri.

The service uses the card already registered with Apple’s Wallet app and pays funds into a new Apple Pay Cash account.

Money can then be transferred into a nominated bank account or used to pay for apps and goods online.

Other additions with iOS 11 include the Do Not Disturb While Driving app, which detects when users are behind the wheel and stops notifications and sends automatic replies to texts.

And indoor mapping of airports and shopping malls in Apple Maps is now present and correct too.

The App Store has also been overhauled, with a new editorial section and a fresh look.

A work-in-progress version of iOS 11 is available to developers now, with an official release expected in early September.

That's just ahead of the mooted launch date of the iPhone 8.

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