Best iOS 11 fea­tures

Os­car Ray­mundo re­veals his top 10 new fea­tures

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Ap­ple’s lat­est ver­sion of its mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tem in­tro­duces a hand­ful of brand-new fea­tures. In fact, this ver­sion of iOS feels like the most am­bi­tious ver­sion we’ve seen in a while. Here are the best new fea­tures that we al­ready can’t live with­out.

1. Siri’s new tricks

Siri is one of those fea­tures that keeps get­ting bet­ter with each soft­ware up­grade, and iOS 11 is no ex­cep­tion. This time, Siri gets a new voice, plus a su­per-help­ful vis­ual in­ter­face that lets you even edit your voice re­quest with text in­put. And now, Siri is able to trans­late phrases for you – it can process English to Chi­nese, French, Ger­man, Italian, and Span­ish. Ap­ple said that it will add more lan­guages in the months to come.

2. Cus­tom­iz­a­ble Con­trol Cen­tre Cur­rently, Con­trol Cen­tre in iOS 10 takes up two pan­els, so you have to nav­i­gate to the sec­ond panel to ac­cess vol­ume con­trols. How­ever, iOS 11 brings ev­ery­thing back to a sin­gle screen and re­lies more on 3D Touch. Not only that, but you can also cus­tom­ize which con­trols you’d like to have on there. You can add new con­trols to quickly ac­cess your Wal­let, turn on Low Power Mode, and even start Screen Record­ing – a new fea­ture for iOS.

3. New Live Pho­tos ef­fects

Ap­ple has given us more rea­sons to want to take Live Pho­tos, those GIF-like mov­ing images. In iOS 11, you can add ef­fects to your Live Pho­tos af­ter you take them. Find a Live Photo on your cam­era roll and then swipe up. You will be able to add a loop­ing ef­fect to your photo or make it ‘bounce’ back-and-forth, sim­i­lar to an In­sta­gram Boomerang. You can also make it a long ex­po­sure shot for bet­ter pho­tos of low-lit sce­nar­ios.

4. Drag-and-drop on iPad

iOS 11 makes for bet­ter mul­ti­task­ing on iPad. Now you can drag-and-drop images, links, and files be­tween apps that are open side-by-side, ei­ther in Split View or Side Bar mode. In fact, you can drag-and-drop an app from Dock onto Side Bar mode, and drag that sec­ondary app from the right to the left side of the screen.

5. Mark up your screen­shots

Ev­ery time you take a screen­shot in iOS 11, it will au­to­mat­i­cally re­main float­ing on the lower left. You can swipe it off-screen to save it to your cam­era roll as per usual, or you can tap on it to go into Markup. So now, you can add hand­writ­ten notes or com­ments ei­ther with your fin­ger or with your Ap­ple Pen­cil if you’re us­ing an iPad Pro.

6. So­cial pro­files in Ap­ple Mu­sic

Ap­ple Mu­sic gets so­cial in iOS 11. Tak­ing a page from Spo­tify, Ap­ple Mu­sic mem­bers now have a pro­file on the stream­ing app. You can use your pro­file page to show­case your favourite playlists, as well as the al­bums you’ve re­cently lis­tened to. You can also fol­low friends on Ap­ple Mu­sic, and their pro­file photo will show up next to the al­bums they’ve lis­tened to. How­ever, there is cur­rently no way to lis­ten to mu­sic on pri­vate or se­cret mode, so be ready for your Ap­ple Mu­sic fol­low­ers to get a glimpse at all your guilty plea­sures.

7. Do Not Dis­turb While Driv­ing

This fea­ture could be a real life-saver. iOS 11 also in­tro­duces ‘Do Not Dis­turb While Driv­ing’, so that the screen goes to­tally dark when you’re on the road. You can ac­ti­vate this mode man­u­ally via Con­trol Cen­tre or have it turn on au­to­mat­i­cally when­ever you’re con­nected to CarPlay or a car’s Blue­tooth. In ad­di­tion, you can go into your Do Not Dis­turb Set­tings to set up an au­to­matic re­sponse to all your in­com­ing texts to alert peo­ple that you’re driv­ing and will get back to them as soon as you ar­rive.

8. Doc­u­ment scan­ner in Notes

There’s no rea­son to run to the of­fice scan­ner any­more, thanks to iOS 11. Us­ing the Notes app you can now press the plus (+) sign to ac­cess an all-new doc­u­ment scan­ner. You can scan sev­eral doc­u­ments at once and ap­ply dif­fer­ent fil­ters. The scans can be saved in­side your Notes, and you can also ex­port them as PDF files that are Markup-friendly, so you can add your sig­na­ture and send it back.

9. Search for hand­writ­ten Notes

An­other cool fea­ture that iOS 11 brings to Notes is the abil­ity to search for things you’ve writ­ten our by hand. If you pre­fer to take notes us­ing your fin­ger or your Ap­ple Pen­cil on iPad Pro, they are now search­able.

10. Quick­Type key­board im­prove­ments

iOS 11 also makes sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments to the soft­ware key­board. On iPhone, you can press-down on the globe icon and choose one-handed mode. This will bring all the keys closer to ei­ther the left or right side of the screen to make it eas­ier to type with one hand. You can also make one-handed mode your de­fault key­board by go­ing into Set­tings. For iPad, you can now type num­bers, sym­bols, and punc­tu­a­tion marks with­out switch­ing to a sec­ondary key­board. Sim­ply flick down on the key to in­sert the char­ac­ter you need.

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