CNET How To - Friday, August 4, 2017 at 2:27 PM
7 drastic changes coming to your iPhone with iOS 11 - CNET
With iOS 11 expected to officially launch this fall, it's a good idea to
know just what you're in for after you install the latest and greatest Apple
has to offer to the iPhone. The new OS is full of small, subtle tweaks, but
there are also some bigger changes that will undoubtedly take some getting
Notification Center is no more
Well, that's not completely true. It's still there, it's just that now it's
called Cover Sheet.
Cover Sheet looks a lot like the standard iOS lock screen and works in the
same manner too. Swipe in either direction on alerts to take action or clear
them. Swipe from either edge of the display to launch the camera or view
your Today panel.
Oh, and your notification feed will be broken up into Most Recent and
Earlier Today (Yesterday, and so on) sections.
No more Force Touch for quick app switching
When Apple announced the iPhone 6 ($370.79 at Amazon.com), complete with a
pressure sensitive screen, the company also added a shortcut to quickly
switch between apps by pressing on the left edge of the display.
With iOS 11, that gesture is gone. Go ahead, press as hard as you want. It's
simply not going to work.
Time to go back to double-pressing the home button.
Drag-and-drop isn't just for iPad
Apple touted the iPad's new drag-and-drop feature when it unveiled iOS 11 in
June, but what the company didn't tell us is the iPhone has it too; albeit
in very limited situations.
In the Photos app, for example, you can drag a photo to an album instead of
Here's how you can try it: Place a finger on a photo until it starts to
hover. Tap on the Albums tab on the bottom of the screen (or drag the photo
to the tab). Then drop the photo in whichever album you want. Neat, right?
NFC is open for all
An example of the NFC prompt coming to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus with the
release of iOS 11.
Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET
Apple is finally giving developers access to the iPhone's NFC capabilities
instead of keeping it locked to just Apple Pay.
As developers begin to release updates for apps, you will undoubtedly see
the option to scan NFC tags to view more information about a product or
connect to gym equipment, for example.
The feature will be limited to the iPhone 7 ($799.45 at Amazon Marketplace)
and iPhone 7 Plus ($979.99 at Amazon Marketplace).
Control Center is brand new. again
When you swipe up from the bottom of the screen on your iPhone to view
Control Center, you're in for a surprise: The three-panel approach of iOS 10
Instead, Control Center is a continuous column of buttons. You can hard
press on buttons for additional options, and add or remove items from
Control Center through the Settings app.
App Store has a fresh coat of paint
A long overdue change to the App Store is coming. With a more visually
appealing, interactive design, the App Store looks nothing like it used to.
The new design will highlight new apps and developers and looks a lot like
Apple Music. Only instead of songs and artists, it's games and apps.
Speaking of which, Apple has finally separated the two categories into their
own respective sections.
Screenshot tool is awesome
The process of taking a screenshot, editing and then sharing it is getting
With iOS 11 installed, when you take a screenshot a small preview thumbnail
will show up in the bottom-left corner. Tap on it to markup, crop, edit,
delete or share.
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