Apple s latest iteration of its mobile operating system, the iOS 11 will be hitting your iPhones and iPads later this year. This year s unfortunate exceptions include the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and the iPad 4th generation. At the WWDC 2017, Apple showcased some of the key features the iOS 11 will bring forth like a smarter Siri, iMessage and iCloud syncing, ARKit for developers, redesigned App Store and more. With the Developer Preview and Beta version already out, a few more exciting features of iOS 11 are being revealed which should build up the excitement even more. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 heading to the stores soon, launch event still rumored on October 13Also Read - Apple iPhone 12 Mini could cost $700, lack 5G connectivity; Here’s everything we know about the compact smartphone
Screen recording on Control Centre
iOS 11 will bring screen recording to your iPhones and iPads which can be accessed from the Control Center. iOS 11 is revamping the Screen Control menu and a new addition will be the screen recording feature. This feature has already gained attention for being able to capture Snapchat posts without the user being notified.
A possible Dark Mode on iOS 11
Apple s Dark Mode feature has been teased for quite some time and was spotted on iOS 10 s Developer Preview as well. Although the Dark Mode did not make it to iOS 10, it could be official on iOS 11. Found under a new feature called Invert Colors in the Settings menu, this turns light backgrounds dark but without affecting the images and icons. This new feature will possibly be a better version of the already available Night Shift on iOS 10.
iOS 11 brings native GIF support
Spotted on Reddit, iOS 11 will bring native GIF support to your iPhones and iPads. Now you can view GIFs directly on the Photos app under an album called ‘Animated’. Previously, one could view GIFs on messaging and third-party apps only.
Suggestions for clearing space on your devices
iOS 11 will help iPhone and iPad users with storage problems as it will provide suggestions on how to reduce space. The Storage settings will have specific recommendations on similar photos that can be deleted, long iMessage threads, and attachments as well. With iOS 11, users will be able to perform the actions on the Settings menu itself. ALSO READ: WWDC 2017: Here are the top features of iOS 11
More ways to save space
In line with saving space in your devices, iOS 11 has a new addition called Offload Unused Apps . Shared by Ryan Jones on Twitter, this toggle on/off feature will be available under iTunes & App Stores in the Settings menu. Although this will delete the unused apps, your data and documents will be saved. ALSO READ: Apple iOS 11 walkthrough video details top new features along with tips and tricks
Siri gets Type to Text feature
Siri is already getting smarter on iOS 11 with the new translation feature, a more natural sounding voice and suggesting information related to your usage. What many may not know is that on iOS 11 you will be able to Type to Siri if it doesn t catch your command properly. ALSO READ: Apple s iOS 11 update will render your favorite apps and old iPhones, iPads obsolete
Setting up a new iPhone gets easier with iOS 11
iOS 11 has a new Automatic Setup feature which will be of great help to users with an Apple ecosystem. On buying a new iPhone and trying to set it up, one can simply place it near another of their iOS device or Mac and the personalized settings and iCloud Keychain passwords will be transferred. ALSO READ: iOS 11 allows you to instantly share Wi-Fi between devices without entering password; here s how it works
More control to app developers
Developers on iOS 11 get a new ARKit which they can use on the iPhone and iPad itself to create apps with augmented reality. More good news for developers, as Apple will allow them to reset their app ratings when they release new updates. ALSO READ: Apple iOS 11 with ARKit to turn iPhones, iPads into largest AR platform : Is it the future of Mixed Reality?
iOS 11 brings real-time notifications to native Mail app
Gmail users who sync their accounts to the native Mail app on iOS suffer the problem of delayed notifications. Despite trials, the longest frequency time of a mail notification went up to 15 minutes. Reported by 9to5mac, this new update can be activated by selecting ‘Automatically’ fetch schedule option under the Settings menu.
Say bye-bye to signal circles
Something small but interesting is the revival of signal bars on iOS 11. As of now, the signal connectivity is shown in circles, but with iOS 11 it will be shown in bars. ALSO READ: WWDC 2017: iOS 11 beta reveals a drag and drop feature for iPad
One-handed keyboard mode
Apple has finally introduced the one-handed keyboard mode on iOS 11. This feature will definitely help the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 7 Plus. ALSO READ: WWDC 2017: iOS 11 Files app goes official, supports Dropbox, third-party cloud services