October 02, 2017 | 7 min read
iOS 11: is it really better?
Control Center revamped. After swiping up you’ll see plenty of widgets on a full screen Control Center. It’s confusing at first, but once you learn the icons, you’ll have quicker access to necessary settings.
The control options have also been redesigned. When you tap the loudspeaker icon for lower volume, a fullscreen interactive image opens. Swipe down to softer the volume and swipe up to raise it.
Adjusting the brightness works in exactly the same way. Now you can also customize the Control Center by adding or removing widgets. Isn’t that a great improvement?
Easier Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection. Great news if you want to quickly share a Wi-Fi password! Just hold your phone or tablet next to your friend’s device and iOS will do the rest. However, this trick will only work if both devices are running iOS 11.
The catch is that toggling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off doesn’t mean they’re really turned off. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth receivers continue consuming power from your device. That’s why we recommend completely disabling these connections. Go to Settings, select Connection (W-iFi or Bluetooth) and toggle the switch. As you see, that’s a dubious improvement in the Control Center.
Emergency troubleshooting in iOS 11. This option makes an SOS call without having to dial or unlock your iPhone. If you press the Home button 5 times in a row, the Emergency SOS feature will be activated. After that, an emergency call starts and your emergency contacts are automatically notified about your location. What’s more, because Touch ID will be disabled, an attacker won’t get access to your personal data.
This helpful feature could save lives. However, we hope you'll never need to use it.
iPad-only “Flick Keys”. These keys were designed to simplify the typing process and make it quicker when you have special symbols with the same layout. Now when you need to use the “@” symbol, just swipe down on the letter A. The same with “+” on letter C, “%” on letter Z, etc.
This feature might work well for those who use special symbols often. On the other hand, turning key changes may be irritating before you get used to them. Anyway, you can enable or disable the “Flick Keys” option anytime.
Screenshot markup tool. A funny but useful tool. After making a screenshot image by pressing and holding Home and Sleep/Wake buttons, you’ll see a little thumbnail in the lower left corner. Tap it to open the photo editor with a set of tools to draw on the picture, add text, crop the image, etc.
Then you can save your edited screenshot to the Camera Roll. Your masterpiece is ready to share!
Safe driving. iPhones running iOS 11 are able to switch to a new “Do not disturb while driving” mode. The best thing is it recognizes when you’re driving and turns off all notifications. This feature also blocks receiving incoming calls unless your phone is connected to a hands-free kit. However, if a caller sends the word “urgent” in his message, a notification will come through so you can respond. This smart feature, as well as auto-reply, can be enabled or disabled in Settings.
7. Less eye strain with “Invert colors” mode. When you use your iOS device in the dark, you can turn the white interface background to black, while keeping all the icons, pictures and graphics in their original format. This is a dream come true for those who often use their devices in bed or in a dark room. Inverting the screen's colors to dark mode may not help you sleep better, but it's a nice way to make your phone glow less brightly in a dark room and make using your phone less disruptive to others.
While these are the most important iOS 11 features, there are many other minor changes that should improve the user experience. Despite minor drawbacks, iOS 11 is claiming to have a significant impact on IT, especially with the upcoming iPhone X release. So which iOS 11 feature is your favorite and which one will you never use? Share your opinion in comments!