In addition to hardware updates, Apple provided some details about the next generation of its mobile operating system at today's WWDC. When iOS 11 arrives this fall it will bring an updated Live Photos feature with a few new tricks up its sleeve, more options for shooting in Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus, and more efficient image compression for the 7 and 7 Plus. There's also the possibility that it might connect to your camera more easily.

Live Photos will allow users to customize the thumbnail image representing the short video clip, and will support Boomerang-app-style looping video along with a 'long exposure' effect. Machine learning will help expand the Memory videos feature, making the automatically compiled clips playable in portrait or landscape format, and able to identify and include more subjects like pets. If you own an iPhone 7 Plus you'll notice more options when using Portrait Mode including the ability to use optical image stabilization, use flash and apply HDR.

Apple also adopts new file formats for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus: images will use High Efficiency Image File Format, or HEIF, and videos will use H.265, or HEVC. This will save storage space, but we're curious how sharing and support from image editing apps will jibe with the new format. Per Wikipedia, HEIF can be used to compress full-resolution images while keeping a lower-resolution JPEG for on-screen display purposes. It also allows storage of multiple images in a single file, which could mean preserving the original and processed versions of HDR and Portrait Mode images.

And for the first time, iOS 11 will allow app developers to use the NFC reader for things other than Apple Pay. It's not yet clear whether this will extend to allowing the communication of connection profiles as used by many cameras when establishing Wi-Fi connections.