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Ten Cool New Things You Can Do with iOS 11

It’s been 10 years since Steve Jobs first introduced the iPhone, and iOS is still going strong.

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BY Rahil Bhagat - 11 Sep 2017

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It’s hard to imagine that 2017 marks ten years since Steve Jobs took the stage during Macworld 2007 to introduce the Apple iPhone, ushering in a new age of computing. In a presentation that saw the likes of Google co-founder Eric Schmidt and Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang take the stage, Jobs laid out the foundation for what would become the most important computing milestone in recent memory.

For its time, the original iOS was incredibly advanced with support for things like multi-touch, pinch to zoom, and the ability to load full desktop sites on a mobile browser. Ten years on, iOS is still going strong, reinventing itself with each new iteration.

Apple’s upcoming iOS 11 looks like quite a shake-up for Apple’s mobile platform, especially on the iPad, which is looking more and more like the laptop replacement it was envisioned in the very beginning.

With a big announcement slated for tomorrow, the 12th of September, here’s a refresher of some of the cool new updates Apple is rolling out with iOS 11.

 

  • Control Centre Customization

In iOS 11, the Control Center is getting a refresh, from what was once a static panel to one where you can remove, add or rearrange priority items like your calculator and alarm for easy access.

 

  • Upgraded Multitasking

You can now drag an app out of the dock and use Slide Over or Split View to accomplish two things at once - like scrolling through your social media feed while at the same time, replying to messages.

 

  • Drag and Drop

The big winner with iOS 11 is the iPad. It’s with features like this that the device, especially the Pro versions, can potentially make the jump from tablet to proper laptop replacements. With drag and drop on iPad, Apple now allows users to move text, images, and files between apps and select multiple items with just a few taps.

 

  • Files app

With the all-new Files app, there’s finally one central location to browse, search, and organize files that are stored on your iPad, in iCloud Drive, and even on other cloud services, eschewing the need for expensive third party applications.

 

  • Document Scanner

Long available via third party apps, iOS 11 finally allows you to natively scan single or multiple-page documents, which automatically finds the edges of your page and centers your document, allowing you to crop or edit as needed.You can also use Apple Pencil on iPad Pro, to sign and return forms without having to print them out.

 

  • Instant Notes on iPad

The Apple Pen is getting a very nice upgrade with Instant Notes. Tapping the Apple Pencil on iPad Pro will now open Notes instantly from the Lock Screen without making you dive into the user menu.

 

  • Indoor Maps

Apple Maps is getting a nice upgrade with Indoor Maps, which, as the name suggests, will let you navigate inside major malls and airports.

 

  • Siri

Siri has been synonymous with iOS for a few years now, becoming a de facto mascot for the whole ecosystem. With iOS 11, Siri is getting a few upgrades, including a new, more natural voice and the ability to translate US English into Mandarin, French, German, Italian or Spanish. Her machine learning has also seen a bump, as Apple claims that Siri will now offer more proactive suggestions based on personal usage.

 

  • Redesigned App Store

It’s been years since the App Store got a proper refresh. Once the cornerstone of the iOS ecosystem, the App Store is seeing less and less usage as apps start to consolidate around big players like Tencent and Facebook. The App Store’s redesign is mainly to make discovering apps and games easier than it currently is.

 

  • Updated Photos

Effects like Bounce, Loop, and Long Exposure will offer more options for editing Live Photos and other supported media. Memories will also be enhanced with more memory types, better curation, and new portrait-oriented Memory Movies.