The INSIDER Summary:
- Apple debuted iOS 11 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday.
- Coming this fall, the updated operating system is jam-packed with cool features.
- INSIDER pinpointed eight new features that are true game-changers.
- We’re most excited about the ability to customize your Control Center, automatically delete unused apps, and use professional-grade camera filters.
After its keynote at WWDC 2017 on Monday, it’s clear that Apple has a lot in store for us this year.
In addition to a Siri-controlled smart speaker and a powerful new iMac Pro, Apple debuted the next big update for iOS, the operating system for iPhones and iPads.
To give you a sense of how your day-to-day might improve once iOS 11 is out, INSIDER rounded up eight of the most exciting new features for the iPhone that we can’t wait to use.
In iOS 11, you’ll finally be able to customize the shortcuts in your iPhone’s Control Center.
While it may seem like a small change, the ability to customize your iPhone’s Control Center will save you a ton of time. How? Well, let’s say you’re always taking notes on your iPhone. In iOS 11, you can just add the Notes app to your Control Center and access it in seconds, ostensibly even when your phone is locked.
Personally, I’m excited to get rid of the Calculator shortcut — seriously, Apple, who uses the Calculator that much? — and replace it with shortcuts to Low Power Mode, Settings, and more.
You’ll also be able to organize your phone in seconds by moving multiple apps at once.
This feature will be easy to use: Just hold an app with one finger and use another to tap on all the icons you want to move.
Look forward to the ability to delete unused apps automatically to save storage space on your phone.
That’s right — you no longer have to delete hundreds of photos, videos, and apps from your iPhone in an attempt to free up space. Even better, iOS 11 comes with an option in Settings that will let you enable certain features to optimize your iPhone’s storage.
And your selfie game will reach a whole new level with iOS 11’s built-in, professional-quality filters.
We’re all going to look like we can take professional photographs.
Apple Maps is introducing indoor directions, starting with malls and airports around the world.
About time, to be honest.
The updated Maps app will also tell you which lane to drive in, so you’ll never miss a turn or merge again.
I’ll be the first to admit I hate Apple’s Maps app; it’s long been deleted from my iPhone. But as someone who gets anxious while navigating new roads, I’m beyond excited about this feature and more than willing to give Maps a second chance.
Apple’s new one-handed keyboard will make typing much easier, especially for people who are left-handed.
And like Venmo, Apple is making it easier than ever to send and receive money from your friends.
iOS 11 will be available to everyone this fall.
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