The long-expected iOS 11 has been released and as usual Apple’s new OS offers a wide variety of exciting features that are impossible to describe properly in one place. While the company showed off some new advancements at WWDC 2017 conference, the novelties in the new mobile operating system are so numerous and significant, that it was impossible to display them all during a single event. So we are trying to fill this gap by presenting a list of what, in our humble opinion, are the most impressive and important new features of the iOS 11, supplying each with a short guide. We selected 77 features and on reading about them you will get a key concept of what they are and whether you need them. We suggest you, before plunging into the multitude of novelties in the iOS 11, to make sure you have installed the new iOS 11 on your iPhone.
1. Sharing Wi-Fi Passwords with Nearby Devices
It is no longer needed to type out complicated passwords on your iPhone. From now on, the procedure is much simpler. Just ask somebody connected to the network to share their password with you. The feature works as long as both devices run iOS 11.
2. A New Hidden Dark Mode Option
The option is long-expected, though maybe not exactly what was wanted. To get for it, enter your “Display Accommodations” and turn on “Smart Invert.”
3. Drawing on Screenshots is Easy
To satisfy the users’ natural need to edit screenshots, Apple has added a corresponding quick markup feature. On taking a screenshot, you tap on the thumbnail in the bottom left corner to enter the edit page with a number of tools. For user’s convenience, the thumbnail is invisible in other screenshots. And if it annoys you when you edit the screenshot you may remove it from the screen by swiping it to the left.
4. The One-Page Control Center
The Control Center, which used to be two-page in iOS 10, is now one-page again. In the new Control Center, you can use 3D Touch technology (or long press on devices without 3D Touch). Now, Control Center shows more settings including Low Power Mode and cellular service.
5. The Control Center: Customization
The new Control Center is customizable via the Settings app, where you have a pull-up menu to add, remove, and rearrange options (still only with Apple apps and services, no third-party app integrated). Hopefully, this will come in the future, but we’re not betting on that.
Several controls are not customizable or removable (such as Airplane Mode, Personal Hotspot, Cellular Data, Do Not Disturb, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirDrop, Rotation Lock, AirPlay, and Music).
6. The Flashlight: Another Intensity Option
The Control Center now provides four instead of three intensity levels for the flashlight. You can switch over them on the flashlight icon, using 3D Touch (or long-press).
7. Screen Recording Without Your Mac
The new Control Center allows direct recording without using QuickTime on your computer or any third-party app. There is a new Screen Recording option among the customizable settings. In order to start recording, all you need is adding the corresponding option and tapping on the icon. 3D Touch or long press on the icon will enable the microphone, which can be turned off in the same way or through the red status bar indicator.
8. Smart Airplane Mode
In iOS, Airplane Mode can remember the settings selected during the previous work period. Thus, if you enable Bluetooth with Airplane Mode and then turn it off, the next time when you turn it on, you won’t need to enable Bluetooth (or Wi-Fi) again.
9. Source Icon on Music Player Square
In the Control Center, there is an icon on the top right of the music player (similar to the Wi-Fi icon but without a pie slice). If you tap on it, you will get to the list of available output sources. When the device is connected to an output source (like speakers or Apple TV), the icon animates and acquires a blue color.
10. More about the Control Center
Apart from the 10 default iOS options, the Control Center also has Cellular Data, Screen Recording, Alarm, Stopwatch, Do Not Disturb While Driving, Notes, Guided Access, Accessibility Shortcuts, Apple TV Remote, Low Power Mode, Magnifier, Personal Hotspot, Text Size, and Voice Memos.