What Does iOS 11 Mean for Your Enterprise Apps?

Foreword for Fliplet users: As usual, those using Fliplet to create their apps won’t need to worry about iOS 11 compatibility, maintenance, or any related technical work. Our team has been working hard to make all necessary updates to the Fliplet Studio platform and to ensure all apps on Fliplet will run smoothly after the new OS is introduced.

We do recommend, however, that you check your apps once the update to iOS 11 has come through, and specifically the two following elements:

  • Bespoke features that have been created by either Fliplet or your company
  • Features in your app that use devices’ native functionality, e.g. camera

What’s new in iOS 11?

Interface updates

There are a few subtle design changes to the interface in iOS 11:

  • The text is bolder
  • Apps like Calculator and Phone have a new look
  • The Lock screen has been merged with Notification Center – swiping down on the screen to access notifications now brings up the Lock screen
  • The Control Center have been entirely redesigned. It’s customizable and there are options to include a wider range of settings; meaning you won’t have to go into Settings to make some changes

Siri

You’ll notice that Siri has undergone some changes making it a more useful experience altogether. Siri can:

  • Learn more about user preferences than iOS 10
  • Sync this information across multiple devices – the personal assistant in turn learns more about you and anticipates what you want to do
  • Greater capacity to translates into languages like Spanish or Chinese

For the iPad, there’s a new App Switcher that’s similar to Mission Control on the Mac, letting you see everything you’re working on at a glance. There are improvements to the Apple Pencil (if you own an iPad Pro).

Keyboard

There have been some changes to the keyboard, for example, there is now a one-handed keyboard feature on the iPhone and a “Flick” option for typing numbers and symbols more quickly on the iPad.

Built-in app upgrades

Many of the built-in Apple apps have new functionality and feature updates:

  • Notes now include searchable handwriting and document scanning
  • Maps introduces lane guidance, speed limit alerts, and indoor maps for malls and airports
  • Apple Music now lets you see what your friends are listening to and also allows you to share your own music
  • Memories feature in Photos is smarter than ever, and the Camera app has been improved with new capabilities
  • HomeKit now supports speakers, plus there’s a new AirPlay 2 feature enabling multi-room functionality
  • Do Not Disturb has been expanded for during driving, muting notifications while a vehicle is in motion

Messages

  • All new App Drawer making it easier to access apps and stickers
  • support for a new person-to-person Apple Pay feature that lets you send money to friends and family via iMessage
  • iMessages will be stored in iCloud in a future update to iOS 11

The App Store has been updated in iOS 11, and there are now two distinct sections for apps and games. There’s also a new “Today” view that features new daily content making it easier to discover different apps, games, and the rest.

APIs

Apps are capable of doing more thanks to the new APIs Apple is introducing, including:

  • CoreML – provides machine learning tools to developers
  • ARKit – lets developers build complex and richly detailed augmented reality features into their apps

Which of the changes might impact enterprise apps?

Based on the above updates, we’d expect the following features to be impacted by iOS 11 on enterprise apps:

  • Touch ID has been replaced by Facial recognition in the iPhone X
  • Video player UI has been updated, and although there are little changes in functionality user may still experience slight differences
  • New image compression format used. While this a great improvement for iPhones with limited storage, it might cause you some issues with third-party photo apps that backup photos to cloud storage

There are also a host of the changes listed above that may impact how you choose to use your enterprise apps:

  • There’s a new dock for iPad users and the multitasking functionality is set to change how you use your apps more than ever before
  • The screenshot and annotation feature will enable enterprise app users to report any issues or bugs they experience in their apps
  • Drag and drop with multi-touch functionality allows the user to drag and drop images, text, links, and more within an app or between apps or documents
  • More granular security for sharing of location information
  • New core ML capability that provides a machine learning service for apps
  • This is all we know, so far – if anything else becomes apparent or is announced at a later date by Apple, stay tuned as we’ll be sure to update this article.

    If you have any questions about the update, or how your apps might be (or have been) affected please get in touch with our Customer Success team.