Another September is upon us, and with it comes Apples yearly announcement of new iPhones and their subsequent operating systems. While apple announced iOS 11 back in June at their World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), its release is now only a matter of days away.
In light of this, I thought I would run over some of my favourite features that I’ve found in my beta testing of the iOS.
The biggest changes to iOS 11 over its previous iterations is usability. There’s better multitasking, neater design choices, and (with the use of force touch) better access to shortcuts.
1. Do not disturb while driving
This is a brilliant featured designed first and foremost to keep iPhone users safe. Do not disturb while driving will automatically detect when you’re driving, either by using GPS and accelerometer to determine movement, or when your phone connects to the in car bluetooth. While activated, your phone will block all notifications from coming through while you’re behind the wheel. This will stop the urge to check notifications while driving, or stopped in traffic, increasing concentration and making the roads safer for everyone.
When you have arrived at your destination, the notifications will come through. You can also set up an automated iMessage response to be delivered whenever someone messages you while you’re driving, letting them know that you’re not able to read their message at the moment, but will respond when you can. For those who aren’t driving and wish to use their phone, the option can be switched off, either permanently or temporarily.
2. Improved control centre.
When control centre first came to our iPhones with the release of iOS 7, we suddenly had instant access to many of our most used and most useful settings, such as wifi on/off, airplane mode, and access to our music currently playing. While the control centre has undergone many different designs and iterations since its initial launch, Apple have, n my opinion, finally got it right. The first thing you may notice about it, is that it has gone back to one screen (iOS 10 splitting the now playing controls to a second control centre screen accessible by a swipe to the left).
The other major shift in the design of the control centre is customisable settings, which can be changed and arranged in the control centre panel of the settings menu. Some of these settings which can be shifted to the control centre are: flashlight, timer, access to wallet, alarm, and accessibility shortcuts. Also included in the control centre options is the ability to record your screen right on the device.
Many of these setting buttons are compatible with force touch (available on iPhone 6s/6s+, 7/7+, 8/8+, and the upcoming iPhone X). Pressing harder on these buttons will bring up further controls, such as screen brightness, volume, and flashlight brightness.
3. Improved UI.
Its not just the control centre that has received a design overhaul. Small changes such as the removal of labels from the taskbar, to tweaked icons for the App Store, ITunes Store, Camera, and maps.
4. Taking screenshots
This may not like seem such a big deal, but I feel it deserves its own special mention. In previous versions of iOS, when taking a screenshot on your phone, it would automatically save the screenshot to your camera roll. With iOS 11, when you take a screenshot it stores it as a preview in the corner of your screen. From there, you can crop, edit, and share the screenshot, before choosing to delete it or save it to your device.
5. iOS 11 on iPad.
iOS 11 really shines on the iPad. From improved multitasking and split-screen, to new features with the task bar, as well as the above features (excluding Do not Disturb While Driving).
The bottom taskbar on the iPad is now much more similar to that of the taskbar on iMac and MacBook computers. Instead of being limited to 4-6 icons, you can now load up to 15 apps into the taskbar. This gives you quick and easy access to the apps you use the most. You can also put folders down on the taskbar, to further increase the number of apps at your disposal. You can also access the taskbar at anytime while using the iPad, by simply swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
The iPad introduced the ability to split-screen back in iOS 8, and since then they’ve continued to make improvements. With iOS 11, its even easier to do two things at once. To multi-task using split-screen, you can swipe in from the right side of the screen and select the app you wish to use. Alternatively, you can bring up the taskbar in-app and drag the icon of the app you want to split-screen to left or right-hand side of the screen.
So there you have it. 5 of my favourite features that you can expect to see with iOS 11, which is available to the public on September 19th.
Are there any features you’re excited to try? Let me know in the comments below.
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