Microsoft, Box, Dropbox Line Up to Offer iOS 11 Files Access

Angelica Greene
June 9, 2017

"Apple has been warning of this migration to its 64-bit hardware for a number of years, but this news will still undoubtedly blindside a number of its customers, " Ernest Doku, a telecoms expert at uSwitch.com told the BBC.

This one is out thanks to dedicated Reddit threads, which are discussing all the hidden features of Apple iOS 11. It comes nearly exactly a year after iOS 10 was debuted, a release that featured a new streamlined interface and a more intelligent Siri.

Although the iOS 11 release isn't expected until the fall, Microsoft, Box and Dropbox already came forward with announced integrations. Apple claims it will be the "largest AR platform in the world", thanks to its user base of hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users. Apple also detailed that developers can expect faster review times for applications, as well as a new phased releases feature, which will allow developers to trickle out updates to gauge user feedback, before a widespread rollout. As we see it, Apple will either need to bring in some visionary expertise, or perhaps, and more likely, use its war chest of $20 billion to buy some vision in the form of acquisitions, but that's another story.

That suggests that the new Core NFC framework will still have some restrictions - preventing, for instance, tap-to-pair Bluetooth functionality that Android users are used to - but iPhone users will now get to experience the questionable joy of tapping their phone on more things than just payment terminals.

And yet, the urge to criticize all things Apple is so great that even the iOS 11 name itself can't escape derision. Furthermore, 43 percent of those who do have a smartphone have an Apple iOS device.

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The message asks the user whether they would like to share the password.

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