Find out what’s new with Apple’s latest operating system!
iOS 11 was released to the public on September 19th, 2017 and is now available for download on iPhone, iPad Mini, iPad Air, iPad Pro, and 6th generation iPod Touch.
Here’s a look at some of the new features and changes to be expected with Apple’s new operating system.
Many built-in apps have been refined with darker lines and bolder fonts, with Apple moving away from the thin fonts that have dominated since iOS 7. Some apps, like Phone and Calculator have new designs with darker fonts and round buttons without borders, while others, like Reminders and Calendar, remain entirely unchanged.
Important User interface elements like the Control Center and the Lock screen have seen the most significant updates.
In iOS 10, Apple split the Control Center, which was accessed by swiping upwards from the bottom of the display, into multiple windows. In iOS 11, Apple reverted back to a single consolidated window with an entirely new look and bubble-style icons. There are two top sections for basic networking options and Apple Music controls, plus sliders for volume and brightness. Smaller icons are available for rotation lock, Do Not Disturb, and other options
In the Settings app, there’s a section for choosing which features you want to be able to access in the Control Center, and there are quite a few options available. Low Power Mode can be added to the Control Center, for example, and there’s even an option to add an Apple TV remote.
You can add all of the following options to Control Center if you want, or just what’s most relevant to your usage habits:
- Wireless Access (Airplane Mode, Cellular Data, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) (A)
- Apple Music (B)
- Portrait Orientation Lock (C)
- Do Not Disturb (D)
- Adjust Brightness (E)
- Adjust Volume (F)
- Screen Mirroring (G)
- Flashlight (H)
- Timer (I)
- Calculator (J)
- Camera (K)
- Accessibility Shortcut (L)
- Alarm (M)
- Apple TV Remote (N)
- Do Not Disturb While Driving (O)
- Guided Access (P)
- Low Power Mode (Q)
- Magnifier (R)
- Notes (S)
Along with new customization options, Control Center also has expanded 3D Touch access.
The Lock screen and the Notification Center have been merged into one entity in iOS 11. When you pull down from the top of the iPhone or iPad’s display to access your notifications, it’s the Lock screen that comes down now instead of a separate Notification Center window.
What’s New with Siri?
In iOS 11, Siri is using on-device learning allowing the personal assistant to learn more about your interests and to better anticipate what you might need. Siri is also syncing the information it collects across all of iOS and Mac devices so your experience with Siri is the same regardless of what product you’re using.
When using Siri, you might notice a new icon at the bottom of the display in iOS 11, and you can now ask Siri to translate English to many different languages such as Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
The Files App
There is no iCloud Drive app in iOS 11, because it’s been expanded into a more comprehensive “Files” app that’s designed to mimic the Finder app on the Mac.
Files is well-organized and offers quick access to all content that’s stored on an iOS device.
Apple has purchased several indoor mapping companies, and in iOS 11, it’s making use of that technology. iOS 11 supports indoor maps of select malls and airports around the world, displaying full layouts of each location with icons for restaurants, bathrooms, and other notable indoor landmarks.
Indoor mapping technology is limited to a handful of malls and airports at launch, but Apple says support will be dramatically expanded over time.
In iOS 11, you can make an Apple Music profile that allows you to share playlists with friends and see your friends’ playlists.
Live Photos, the feature that adds a bit of motion magic to still photos, is even better in iOS 11. For the first time, you can use a slider to select a portion of the Live Photo that looks the best. Since Live Photos are essentially short videos, it’s like pulling the best still shot out of a video for iPhones that support Portrait Mode.
Image quality has been improved, low light performance is better, and Portrait Mode images support optical image stabilization. Flash works in Portrait Mode for the first time, and it also supports HDR for even better lighting and filters for adding flare.
Do Not Disturb While Driving
Do Not Disturb has been expanded with a new “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature that mutes all incoming notifications on an iPhone when it’s connected to a car’s Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The feature is meant to cut down on distracted driving. If you tap the emoji or globe icon on the iPhone’s keyboard, there’s an option to select a one-handed keyboard that shifts all of the keys either to the left or the right. This is designed to let you type one handed.
In iOS 11, when you buy a new iPad or iPhone, it can be set up much more quickly by holding it near an iOS device or Mac you already own through Automatic Setup. Automatic Setup transfers personal settings, preferences, and iCloud Keychain passwords to your new device automatically.
App Store Redesign
The App Store has been completely overhauled in iOS 11. Games and Apps are split out into their own individual sections and there’s a new “Today” section that’s designed to display new app content on a daily basis.
Overall, there is something for everyone in iOS 11. The operating system is deploying some of its latest and most innovative technology for users to enjoy. Update your Apple devices today to enjoy awesome features of iOS11.
Muhammad Adil is a Client Support Specialist at Triella, a technology consulting company specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. For additional articles, go to https://triella.com/whats-new/. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Webroot Reseller.
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