Apple is back and this time with a big bang. After unveiling the new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the much-hyped iPhone X, it has released a much-awaited latest iteration of iOS, iOS 11. Yes, iOS is finally here and is loaded with new features. It is about to take the mobile app development industry by storm and deliver users the same buttery smooth user experience they expect from iOS devices.
Apple iOS 11 will also come with some secret features up its sleeve that most of the users do not know about. Here are seven hidden iOS 11 features that every user must know to get the best out of iOS 11.
Customize the Control Center
Customization has never been Apple’s forte. In fact, customization is one area where Android has a clear advantage over iOS but not anymore. Apple has made their intentions very clear by offering a customizable control center to its user. Now, users control how their control center looks like by going into settings. Additionally, they can also add shortcut buttons of the most frequently used apps and tools to launch them quickly with one tap. These customization options will appear in the settings menu under control center.
Password Sharing Made Easy
Imagine a friend coming over to pay you a visit and asks for your Wi-Fi password. The problem is that you have a complicated password to secure your networks. How would you share your password? Thankfully, Apple iOS 11 has a new feature that takes the hassle out of the password sharing process and let users share their passwords with one tap. As soon as your friend tries to connect, you get a notification asking for the permission to share passwords. All you have to do is to agree and your friend will not have to type a word for connecting to your network.
Scan QR Codes
Although Android users had been using this feature for quite a while now, Apple fans have been kept waiting. The good news is that the wait is over for iOS users. Now, users can now scan QR codes with their cameras. Fire the camera app and point it towards a QR code and it will automatically start scanning the code. You will receive a popup message to open the webpage in Safari web browser. It will also come in handy when you have to scan QR codes for third-party applications such as Snapchat.
Before iOS 11, Apple users have to rely on third-party apps to add doodles on their screenshots but not anymore because Apple has brought this feature to iOS 11. Take a screenshot and you will see the thumbnail of the screenshot appear at the bottom of your screen. Tap on the thumbnail and start doodling. Get creative and make your screenshot unique with doodles.
Do More with Siri
Just like iOS, Siri, Apple’s voice assistant have also come a long way. From its humble beginnings to a smart assistant that knows your preferences and act according to it, the journey has been fascinating. With iOS 11, Apple is taking Siri to a completely new level. Today, Siri does not only sounds more natural but also functions better too, thanks to machine learning capabilities. It can also read the text in images and read it aloud and supports more commands. Now, users can type in a question or a request and get a response too.
Play Around With Live Photos
Apple iOS 11 come pre-loaded with the slew of new features and some of them are geared towards photo lovers. One such feature is live photo editing which allows you to open a live photo, select edit and mute the video. Drag the sliders to trim the video. Users can swipe to add different effects such as loop, bounce and long exposure to the live photos. Using FaceTime to call a friend that also has iOS 11 installed, a new shutter button will appear which will help you to record a live photo. To ensure that it does not breach the privacy, the other person on the other side will receive a notification.
Reading Mode in Safari
Apart from many new additions to Safari browser in iOS 11 such as auto-fill feature, better privacy controls and flight status, the most notable addition is the reading mode that was absent in previous versions of iOS. In fact, now users can load complete websites in reader mode, which makes web reading a pleasant experience on phones. All you have to do is the reader button for few seconds and two options will pop up. One is “Use on this site” and the other one is “Use on all sites”. Select your preference and you are good to go.
After reading this article, you might have realized that you could achieve much more with iOS 11 than you previously thought. Share it with your friends and prove that you are a real Apple fanboy who knows much more about their operating system than others. Don’t forget to tell us which iOS 11 feature you love the most and why? Which iOS 11 features you use most frequently? Feel free to share your answers and opinion in the comments section below.