1. A Redesigned App Store
Users can now discover new content in a cards-based system, with cards for App of the Day, Major Update, Sneak Peak, Now Trending, Deep Dive, How To, and much more. Only 1-2 cards are visible on the screen at any time, so the user must scroll down to see cards that were featured on previous days.
Apps vs. Games
The App Store features separate tabs for games and apps. Customers can browse categories on each tab to discover new apps. And both tabs feature app previews and highlight videos that autoplay with muted audio as customers scroll through the tabs.
2. A New Control Center
This is one of our favorite changes in iOS 11. You can customize what shortcuts appear in your Control Center by going into Settings. And also add shortcut buttons for things like screen recording, voice memos, and the alarm.
If you want to use the new screen recording feature, you’ll first need to add the feature button to your Control Center. Open Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls then tap the green plus button next to Screen Recording.
3. You Can Share Wi-Fi Passwords with Nearby Devices
You no longer have to try and type out long, complicated wifi passwords on your iPhone. Now when your friends visit you can share your password with them by just holding your phone or tablet next to their device. The shortcut works with iPhones and iPads running iOS 11, and Macs running the latest macOS High Sierra.
4. New Effects to Live Photos
In iOS 11, you can add an effect to your Live Photos after you take them. Swiping up on a live photo reveals options to loop, bounce, or make it a long exposure shot for better photos of low-lit scenarios.
5. Do Not Disturb While Driving
With the automatic setting, this feature will turn on whenever your iPhone detects the acceleration of a vehicle, an option that could be frustrating when you’re a passenger (though you can toggle it off in this situation). The Bluetooth setting turns the feature on whenever your phone connects to your car’s Bluetooth, an ideal setting if you’re the only person who drives your vehicle. The manual setting lets you turn it on from the Control Center.
6. You Can Scan QR Codes in the Camera App
Apple has built a QR code scanner right into the Camera app, so all you have to do is point your camera at a QR code and it will prompt you with what to do next.
7. Siri Can Translate English to Other Languages
Siri can now translate English to Chinese, German, Italian, French, and Spanish, a helpful tool when you go traveling abroad. At the moment you can’t have another language translated into English.
Exploring all of these new features allows us to take advantage of the latest technology available and provide the best solutions for our clients. We hope this covers everything you need to know so far, and stay tuned as we will continue to update this post with additional features as we get more acquainted with the new OS.
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