IOS 11 brings NFC smarts to more apps

Posted June 27, 2017

iOS 11 will be available as a free update to certain iPhones and iPads this fall.

This shift will have significant implications for users who still rely on older apps that aren't updated often or, in some cases, may not have been updated in years.

The most immediately visually obvious one of these is the new app dock, looking extremely Mac-like. iOS 11 also introduces the ability to drag-and-drop content between apps, and much slicker split-screen multi-tasking.

Called "Wi-Fi password sharing", the feature lets you share Wi-Fi passwords with friends.

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Other updates arriving with iOS 11 include new Loop and Bounce effects for photos, Apple Pay payments via Messages and Siri, and a "do not disturb" feature that can be enabled while driving. With this spring cleaning, Apple forces the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPad 4 to stay under iOS 10.

Apple has prepared developers for this transition, announcing through an iOS 10 beta earlier this year that apps will have to support 64-bit hardware in the upcoming version of iOS - that would be iOS 11 - to work on those devices.

Even though the Cupertino giant has given warnings about the losing support, it should not come as a surprise that Apple has eliminated supported for 32-bit apps.

The launch of iPhone 5s was the time when the company started supporting 64-bit apps back in September of 2013.

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Until now, third parties have not been able to use the tech on the iPhone.

As Cydiageeks notes, the Offload Unused Apps setting is also available in iPhone Storage under General settings.

Your beta testing could prevent a major problem or a minor bug from appearing in the final iOS 11 release for your device.

The new feature would send a prompt to nearby iOS devices on a given Wi-Fi network whenever a new one tries to connect.

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32-bit processing will also be phased out for Mac use, with Apple telling developers at WWDS that Mac OS High Sierra would be the last model to be able to use 32-bit processing "without compromises". The tool is reminiscent of the AirDrop feature, which allows users to easily share media between devices via Bluetooth.