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Apple improves everything from Siri to Apple Pay to the Control Center in iOS 11

How do you top a mobile operating system iteration with a near-perfect 96 percent customer satisfaction rate, not to mention 86 percent adoption less than a year after its wide release?

That’s iOS 10 in a nutshell, but as always, Apple thinks it can do better. By turning it up to 11, of course, starting with a redesigned app drawer. iMessage syncs conversations across devices better than ever in iOS 11, and yes, Apple Pay supports peer-to-peer money transfers, just like Android Pay.

With 375 million devices already under its belt, Siri has to get top billing when it comes to iOS 11 updates, now using deep learning to sound more natural (read less robotic and stiff) in both masculine and feminine voices. On-the-fly audio translation is enabled (only in beta for starters) from English to Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish, while “on-device learning” means suggestions are coming for things like news, locations and events.

High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) replaces JPEG on the Camera enhancement front, aiming to both reduce size and, incredibly enough, improve picture quality. Low-light performance and optical image stabilization should also be getting noticeable refinements, while the Photos app can recognize different events (weddings, sports matches) in your Memories thanks to machine learning.

A major redesign is coming to your boring old Control Center, which turns into a single, tall page of widgets supporting 3D Touch for extra controls. The Lock Screen and Notification Center are merged together (but why?!), and finally, Maps includes… indoor navigation?

Who needs augmented reality when you can get detailed floor plans of select US malls and airports in the “standard” version of iOS 11, alongside speed limits and lane guidance during navigation?

But wait, there’s more. A “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode automatically detected and activated by Bluetooth or Wi-Fi (if you want it, which you should), and a “Shared up next” function added to Apple Music for keeping the party going and splitting DJ duties with friends.

Phew, that was beyond exhausting!

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Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).