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    September 11, 2017

    iOS 11’s leaked Golden Master shows Animoji, AirPods 2 & more

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    A leaked Golden Master for iOS 11 has revealed that future iPhones may be able to connect to a new kind of AirPods, use generated ‘Animoji’, and more.

    With new iPhones comes a new version of iOS – typically with minor user interface changes, performance enhancements, and new features for newer iPhone models to make use of. iOS 11 appears little different this year, save for the fact that the operating system has been revealed to have wider under-the-hood improvements for Apple’s future plans thanks to a leak of its Golden Master copy.

    Read: September 12th: Here’s what to expect from Apple’s next special event

    The first – and perhaps most major – tidbit revealed thus far is Face ID; the facial recognition system slated to replace Touch ID as the primary means of authentication on an iPhone.

    iOS 11’s Golden Master reveals that users will be able to leverage Face ID (previously thought to be called Pearl ID) to authenticate access to their device and approve Apple Pay purchases. The leak shows iOS 11 will be able to profile a user’s face in 3D, and can confirm a match in a ‘millionth’ of a second. Take a look at the feature below:

    Another – perhaps more flippant – feature arriving with iOS 11 is that of ‘Animoji’ – animated emoji capable of leveraging a user’s voice and reflecting one’s facial expressions. For illustration, users may be able to create an animated emoji with reference to their own physical appearance. If that’s not taking emoji to the next level, we’re not sure what is.

    Lastly, two minor changes follow; firstly, the iOS 11 Golden Master has revealed that iPhone users can expect a second-generation set of AirPods to be unveiled in the near future; accordingly, software illustrates that these earphones may sport a charging indicator on the surface of their case to better indicate the amount of battery capacity remaining.

    The final tidbit showcases that iOS 11 may introduce a new ‘Portrait Lighting’ feature to better help iPhone users take better images; accordingly, the feature would supposedly offer options for Contour Light, Natural Light, Stage Light, Stage Light Mono, and Studio Light when taking pictures in the Portrait Mode found on the iPhone 7 Plus and beyond.

    Read: Here’s everything we know about the next iPhone

    What are your thoughts? What are you looking forward to seeing tomorrow at Apple’s September 12th event? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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