Apple’s iOS 11 can be downloaded to iPhones and iPads from today, with several new features, including the ability to customize the Control Center for the first time.
Not all iPhones and iPads can use iOS 11: anyone with an iPhone 5 or 5C or an iPad 4 or older is not lucky. However, most devices purchased over the past few years can download the update for free through the Settings application or via iTunes on a computer.
If you have installed old applications that have not been updated for a while, please note that they may not work after installing iOS 11 because it is no longer compatible with 32-bit applications. Most will be fine, but you can find out if any of the applications you installed in iOS 10 do not work before the update.
1. Finally, you can adjust the Control Center
The control center, the full-screen control panel, pushed up from the bottom of the screen, has been redesigned to adapt to the screen at once. But probably the best part is that you can now change what it contains. Do you want an alarm button or a stopwatch? You’ve got it
There is still no way to go directly to the settings app, but if you force the keystroke or long press some of the widgets, such as wireless settings, you’ll get a popup window with more options.
2. More emoji
Is there such a thing as too much emoji? However, iOS 11 has many new options to give your message more life. From moms who give birth to zombies, goblins, a T-rex and a laughing vomit, there is a lot to choose from.
3. The application of files
Apple has always claimed it does not need access to a file system within iOS, it’s a mobile software and no desktop operating system. But iOS 11 adds a new built-in application, with the appropriate name files to do exactly that.
Files can classify your files, err, on your iPhone or iPad, within certain applications, on iCloud Drive, and even in some third-party clouds, such as Google Drive.
4. Siri Translations
Siri has a number of new features in iOS 11, including the ability to translate sentences in Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish. Just say “how it says” plus your desired sentence in “in Spanish” or the language you choose and Siri will answer, provided you have an internet connection.
5. Write to Siri
If you hate talking to Siri, but you still want to ask questions or perform actions with the keyboard, now you can. Activate the “Type to Siri” function within the accessibility settings. It’s a lot slower and, if you do not mind, Siri answers with the voice (there is also an adjustment for it), but it can be handy.
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7. Base for iPad
There are a few iPad-specific changes within iOS 11, including a new multi-tasking system. The most obvious change is a new dock that, like the Mac OS dock, is always present and can be called by sliding up the bottom of the screen.
From there, you can drag and drop applications to launch multitasking, with your choice of recently opened applications or a permanent list of your favorites.
8. Slide down the keyboard
Another specific change of the iPad is the ability to slide down the virtual keypad keys to get alternative characters. Swipe down at the point where the question mark or the letter “r” is filled in. It is much quicker to write with one hand than stretch out to hold the button and press the correct key.