New iPhone update blocks drivers from texting behind the wheel

Camille Francis
June 11, 2017

The iPhone screen will also be locked to prevent drivers from using many of their apps while driving.

Phones connected to cars with Bluetooth capabilities, or through a cable, will withhold any notifications from texts or news updates while the auto is in motion, CNN Money reported. Well the app itself isn't affected, and drivers will still be able to access the Maps application, although they won't be able to enter or change destination info when on the move.

"iOS 11 gives iPad users the powerful app functionality they need to take advantage of everything iPad is capable of, and brings hundreds of new features and incredible updates to the iOS apps iPhone and iPad users enjoy every day", Federighi said.

The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system allows iPhone and iPad users to delete apps off their device while maintaining any relevant settings and user data.

At the event, Apple also introduced the new Files app, a file management tool that works across different apps.

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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.

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Apple last week announced the upgrade of its iOS software to iOS 11 at its developers' conference. That said, the driver is still able to disable the feature if they really want to, but it's a move in the right direction, according to road safety groups.

However, Apple has given users the liberty to set an automated text message, which will be sent to family or friends while the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature is on.

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