iOS 11: Everything You Need to Know!

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Everything you need to know about Apple’s next-generation mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

iOS 11: All The New and Awesome Features!

iOS 11 is an evolutionary update to iOS, with a major focus on improving iPad productivity. iOS 11 unifies Lock screen and Notification Center, finally introduces a new Control Center, and brings major and minor redesigns for various stock apps. There’s an overarching design change in iOS 11 as well. While iOS 7 was all about minimalism and thinness, iOS 11 is all about being big and bold. This new design, with reduced information density, is starkest in the fully redesigned App Store.

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The Best iOS 11 Features for iPhone

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On the iPhone, iOS 11 refines the features introduced in iOS 10. Here are the main features:

  • The Lock screen and Notification Center are merged so you can now swipe up on the Lock screen to view all your notifications, right there.
  • Control Center is back to being just one screen. There are now tiles that you can 3D Touch to expand to view more information.
  • Apple has redesigned the iMessage app drawer to make it easier to use.
  • You can now use Apple Pay to pay other Apple Pay users, right from the Messages app.
  • A potential end-all for syncing frustrations – iMessage, Siri, and Photos data will now sync between all your devices using iCloud.
  • Siri now has a more natural voice, supports translation and gets a small visual update. Siri also supports list and QR code apps.
  • App Store gets a big new redesign to make it look more like Apple Music. There are new tabs for Today, Apps and Games view.
  • Do not Disturb While Driving feature automatically disables all notifications when you’re driving.
  • When you take a screenshot, you’ll now get a little preview of it in the bottom-left corner. Tap on it and you’ll be able to mark up the screenshot before saving it or sharing with anyone.
  • Files app replaces iCloud Drive app.

To see how all these new features work, read our in-depth coverage of the best iOS 11 features for iPhone.

The Best iOS 11 Features for iPad

The iPad finally gets the productivity love it deserves.

  • There’s a new Mac-like Dock that lets you add more than 6 icons and shows recent apps.
  • Slide Over now works by dragging an app from the Dock.
  • There’s a new App Switcher that integrates the Dock, Control Center, Spaces, and apps.
  • You can finally drag and drop files, links, text, and images between two apps.
  • Using Apple Pencil, you can now just start drawing anywhere inline in Notes and Mail app.
  • Tap your Apple Pencil on the Lock screen to directly open the recently used note in the Notes app.

To learn more about how the iPad exclusive features work and what they look like, read our in-depth article about the best iOS 11 features for iPad.

The Hidden Features

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As always, we’ve got the best coverage of all the small and hidden features in iOS 11. This time we get some really useful features like screen recording, a customizable Control Center, the ability to type to Siri and more.

iOS 11 Beta

Apple has released two beta versions of iOS 11 so far. If you’re interested in checking out the new iOS 11 features, you can install iOS 11 Beta for free without a developer account or a computer.

iOS 11 Release Date

Apple has announced that it will be releasing iOS 11 to the public later this fall. Based on the historic information, Apple usually releases a major iOS update a week after the iPhone launch event.

  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launch event on September 7, iOS 10 release date – Tuesday, September 13th.
  • iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus  launch event on September 9, iOS 9 release date – Wednesday, September 16th.
  • iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus  launch event on September 9, iOS 8 release date – Wednesday, September 17th.
  • iPhone 5s  launch event on September 10, iOS 7 release date – Wednesday, September 18th.
  • iPhone 5 launch event on September 12, iOS 6 release date – Wednesday, September 19th.

We expect Apple to unveil iPhone 8 or iPhone X at a media event in early September 2017, so the iOS 11 release date will most likely be in the second week of September just like previous years.

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Apple Seeds iOS 11.1 Beta 5 to Developers

Apple Seeds iOS 11.1 Beta 5 to Developers

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Bug Prevents iOS 11 Calculator App From Doing This Simple Calculation

Bug Prevents iOS 11 Calculator App From Doing This Simple Calculation

Apple has multiple times in the past called iOS as the world’s most advanced operating system. The company which was once known for its attention to detail and high level of quality now seems to be struggling to maintain the same standard. A bug in the iOS 11 calculator app prevents an iPhone/iPad from doing a calculation as simple as 1+2+3.

How to Set Any Song as iPhone Ringtone in iOS 11

How to Set Any Song as iPhone Ringtone in iOS 11

One of the common frustrations that iOS users have is the difficulty of creating and using custom ringtones on your iPhone. iOS provides a large collection of default ringtones, but many of us prefer to use a custom ringtone. Perhaps you’d like to set your favorite song as the ringtone or there’s a funny audio clip which you want to use for your Messages tone.

Apple Seeds iOS 11.1 Beta 4 to Developers

Apple Seeds iOS 11.1 Beta 4 to Developers

Following the public launch of iOS 11, Apple turned to the next big update for the mobile operating system, quickly seeding the first developer beta of iOS 11.1.

One Month Later, iOS 11 Adoption Nears 55%

One Month Later, iOS 11 Adoption Nears 55%

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Garageband Not Opening in iOS 11? Here’s How to Fix It

Garageband Not Opening in iOS 11? Here’s How to Fix It

After updating to iOS 11, many users have been complaining that GarageBand crashes immediately upon launch or doesn’t open at all. This is a very frustrating problem for those of you who are a frequent user of the app. Luckily, Apple has already acknowledged the issue and “is investigating solutions.”

Apple Adds Chicago, Las Vegas and Other Airports to Indoor Mapping in iOS 11

Apple Adds Chicago, Las Vegas and Other Airports to Indoor Mapping in iOS 11

When Apple introduced iOS 11 earlier this year, the company confirmed that indoor mapping would finally arrive for the software, as far as airports were concerned.

Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, and tvOS 11.1

Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, and tvOS 11.1

A week after dropping the second beta of iOS 11.1, Apple has released the third beta of iOS 11.1 for developers and advanced users. The second beta of iOS 11.1 contained a number of new features including hundreds of new emoji and the 3D Touch App Switching gesture.

Apple Testing Apple Pay Cash With Retail Employees

Apple Testing Apple Pay Cash With Retail Employees

Apple Pay Cash didn’t get a chance to launch with the public release of iOS 11, but testing appears to continue in preparation for its arrival.

iOS 11 Surpasses iOS 10, Reaches 47% Adoption

iOS 11 Surpasses iOS 10, Reaches 47% Adoption

24 hours after the launch of iOS 11, the mobile operating system found itself at only 10 percent adoption. Which, as we noted at the time, was quite a bit different from the adoption of previous versions of the platform.