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Cailey Rizzo
June 06, 2017

Siri could be the best companion to take on your next international trip.

When Apple’s next operating system, iOS 11, premieres this fall, it will come loaded with new Siri features that could be helpful for travelers going abroad.

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As Google, most notably, expands its services for trip planning, translation, and maps and directions, the race is on to offer the best and most seamless features for travelers.

When traveling in a country where English is not the first language, iPhone users will be able to ask Siri for anything from restaurant recommendations to the nearest pharmacy. Siri will be able to look at map results in a different language and translate them back to English.

Users will also be able to ask Siri how to translate phrases and sentences. Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Italian will be the first languages released with this feature, and Apple plans to add more.

At the company’s annual WWDC Conference on Monday, Apple revealed several other upcoming features that could help travelers on and off the road.

In Apple Maps, users will find detailed maps of 30 airports around the world, from Amsterdam to Vancouver. Phones will also come with an optional “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode that can detect when the phone is in a moving vehicle and turn off notifications or automatically respond to texts with an alert that the user is driving and will check messages later.

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And on the Apple Watch front, the device’s upcoming iOS will be able to automatically update itself with travel and flight information. For example if flights are delayed or cancel, that information will automatically adjust on the home screen of the Apple Watch. The watch will also be able to integrate travel information with the rest of the user’s calendar.

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