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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iOS 11 Beta 7: 5 New Features and Changes

iOS 11 Beta 7: 5 New Features and Changes

Another week, another minor iOS 11 beta update. This week, Apple has pushed out Developer Beta 7. This is the third beta to release on a weekly cycle. We’re not 2-3 weeks away from the final release. So maybe we have one more beta and a GM release ahead of us. Usually, by Beta 7, Apple has worked out all the kinks. And that’s evident from this release. The changes in this release are very minor.

Hidden Video in iOS 11 Show New Gesture To Bring Up App Switcher

Hidden Video in iOS 11 Show New Gesture To Bring Up App Switcher

A couple of videos buried deep in iOS 11 beta image has been discovered by developer Gilherme Rambo which show a prototype Control Center functionality that was apparently scrapped by Apple.

How to Install iOS 11 Beta 7 for Free without a Developer Account and Computer

How to Install iOS 11 Beta 7 for Free without a Developer Account and Computer

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Apple Seeds iOS 11 Beta 7 to Developers

Apple Seeds iOS 11 Beta 7 to Developers

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5 iOS 11 Features That Will Help Free Up Storage Space on iPhone and iPad

5 iOS 11 Features That Will Help Free Up Storage Space on iPhone and iPad

When it comes to storage space (or lack there of) on iPhones, Apple seems to have finally woken up. The first step was upgrading the lowest tier to 32 GB. Now, with iOS 11, Apple is bringing not one but 5 features that will either help you manage your storage space or automatically reduce the storage space required on your iPhone. Here’s what they are.

How to Disable AutoPlay Videos in App Store in iOS 11

How to Disable AutoPlay Videos in App Store in iOS 11

In iOS 11, Apple has simultaneously taken steps to block auto playing videos in Safari, while adding auto playing videos in their own App Store. I still can’t get over the irony of it all. But thankfully, if you don’t want to bombard with an autoplay video of a new game every time you scroll through the App Store, there’s a way to disable this feature.

How to Type to Siri on iPhone and iPad in iOS 11

How to Type to Siri on iPhone and iPad in iOS 11

Siri has primarily been a voice based assistant. While other assistants like Microsoft’s Cortana and Google Assistant have the ability to text to the assistant, Siri remained voice only. iOS 11 finally adds the ability to type to Siri. This will come in really handy when you’re in a position where you can’t talk out loud to your virtual personal assistant.

Apple Releases Six Videos Highlighting New iOS 11 Features on iPad

Apple Releases Six Videos Highlighting New iOS 11 Features on iPad

Apple today uploaded six new videos on its YouTube channel highlighting some of the new iOS 11 features on the iPad Pro. All the videos are under a minute long and show how you can use the new features in iOS 11 to get the most out of your iPad.

iOS 11 Let’s You Quickly Disable Touch ID and Call Emergency Services By Pressing Power Button Five Times

iOS 11 Let’s You Quickly Disable Touch ID and Call Emergency Services By Pressing Power Button Five Times

Apple has introduced a new way to quickly disable Touch ID on iPhones with iOS 11. With the latest public beta of the OS, you can quickly press the power button five times to disable Touch ID or call the emergency services.