25 Hidden Features in iOS 11

There have been a lot of changes and improvements in the latest Apple operating system iOS 11, some of these features are very obvious while others might need some external aids. We have compiles a reasonable list of tricks and tracks for the Latest Apple iOS 11.

Drag and drop text
Highlight and then press on a word or highlighted section to drag and drop it into other location. This only works within the same app and document on the iPhone, at least.

One -handed keyboard!
Apple has added a one-handed keyboard option to the iPhone. There are two ways to activate it:
•        Settings > General > Keyboards > One Handed Keyboard
•        Long-press on the emoji or globe icon on the keyboard
You can select a right- or left-handed keyboard, and switch back to a full keyboard either by following the same steps outlined above, or tapping on the arrow placed next to the keyboard.

New Control Center
Apple has redesigned Control Center. Everything now fits on one page so that you don’t have to swipe around.

But that’s not all. You can finally add custom icons to the Control Center panel — well, at least some. Apple is still limiting those shortcuts to iOS features and native apps.

Emergency SOS
If you’re facing an emergency, you can now press the sleep/wake button five times to activate Emergency Mode. On the iPhone X, you need to long press the sleep/wake button and the volume button.

Easy Wi-Fi connect
Now, if another iOS device tries to join the same Wi-Fi network as the one you’re currently using, iOS will show this popup so that you can effortlessly share the password with this device.

View older messages
A swipe down from the top of the screen reveals your notifications, just as it has for some time now. However, the Lock Screen is now where notifications are displayed. 

It's confusing, mainly because it looks just like your lock screen, but it's not the lock screen. And on top of that, only a couple of notifications are displayed unless you swipe up to view older alerts. It's weird and will take some getting used to. 

Insert a drawing in Mail
There are times when the best way to explain something is to draw a picture. When composing an email, long-press and then select Insert Drawing from the pop-up. Draw, sketch or play tic-tac-toe and send it on its way. 

Be gone, annoying volume slider
With iOS 11, Apple is finally moving the volume control that used to take over the screen when you were watching a video. Instead of showing a giant, annoying volume graphic, Apple tucked the volume indicator into a corner of the screen. Woo! 

Take notes from the lock screen
You can now add a shortcut to the Notes app in iOS 11's revamped Control Center, and access the Notes from the lock screen. 

Hidden in Settings > Notes is an option to select whether you want Notes to open the last note you edited, or if you want to create a new note every time you access Notes from the lock screen

iPad keyboard learns a new trick
When typing on the iPad's digital keyboard, you no longer have to press the shift or symbol keys to insert some special characters. Instead, you can press a key and flick down on it to insert the corresponding symbol on it. 

For example, in this GIF, you can see the gesture used on the Q key to insert "11," and again to insert the "!" through the comma key at the end of the sentence. 


Pull to refresh in App Store updates section
Instead of mashing the Updates button to force your iOS device to check for updates, Apple has (finally) added pull-to-refresh. 

 Add Record Screen Shortcut to Control Center
If you’re a developer, you’re going to love this. You can now add a custom shortcut to Control Center to record your screen.

Save GIF to Phone Library
If you love this GIF, you can now save it to your photo library and share it later. The Photos app can store and display all your favorite GIFs. This feature alone makes iOS 11 a game changer.

With iOS 11, you can now configure two different shortcuts for the AirPods. For instance, you can double-tap on the left AirPod to trigger Siri, and double-tap on the right AirPod to skip to the next track.

Apple map
Apple Maps is learning some new tricks. The team is slowly adding maps of malls and airports. You can now search for the nearest restaurant or navigate through different floors.

Do Not Disturb... while driving
If you connect your phone to your car using Bluetooth, iOS can now automatically turn on Do Not Disturb While Driving. When this is on, iOS silences all notifications so that you can stay focused on the road.

Crop Screenshot
It looks like Apple is learning from Snapchat and Instagram. When you take a screenshot in iOS 11, a thumbnail appears in the bottom left corner. If you open it, you can crop your screenshot, annotate it and open it in another app.

Delete app from App Store
In the App Store settings, you can now automatically delete apps you don’t regularly use. Icons won’t disappear from your home screen. But the next time you’re going to try and open the app, iOS will download the app from the App Store first.

Auto Scan QR code
When you point the iPhone camera at a QR code, iOS is now smart enough to detect that it’s a QR code and read it. And if you spend your life in WeChat, you know how important this feature is.

HEVC for photos and videos
iOS 11 now uses HEIF and HEVC for photos and videos. It means that your media files should be half the size for the same quality. And if you send an email with a photo or video, iOS automatically converts the files to standard JPG and MP4 for non-iOS devices.

Number or symbol on main keyboard
On the iPad, if you swipe your finger down on a key, you can type a number or symbol without going to the second keyboard. It takes a bit of time to get used to it, but it’s quite efficient.

Scan document with notes app
On the iPad, the Notes app is learning some new tricks. You can now scan documents using the Notes app. Many hardcore Evernote users were waiting for this to switch over.
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