iOS 11 Review: Actually Useful Features

It is here! The most anticipated iOS that we've been waiting for a long time now. Is it worth the upgrade? Yes, definitely is. Overall, it's more or less the same but it's definitely an enhanced experience from its predecessor. I would say that is 2x the radical enhancement you will experience on the iPad, that's a nice move from Apple. For the review, we decided to change the formula of instead highlighting its new features. We'll be more focusing on useful features that you can use as a designer for your workflow. Let's dive into iOS 11!

iOS 11 sets a new standard for what is already the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. It makes iPhone better than before. It makes iPad more capable than ever. And now it opens up both to amazing possibilities for augmented reality in games and apps. With iOS 11, iPhone and iPad are the most powerful, personal and intelligent devices they’ve ever been.

iOS 11 Review: Actually Useful FeaturesiOS 11 Control Center

Control Center

Control Center gets the most attention from this update, just because it is totally different. I would say the UX approach is pretty close to what's been done on Android. Everything is easy to access, works like a toggle mostly and you can customize it. I heard that when you are turning off "Wifi" or "Bluetooth" for example, it doesn't entirely turn them off. That's for debate. One thing though, when clicking on the "Wifi" icon, the transition will work like a long press. I wish that very same transition could have worked for when you wanna go straight to your "Wifi" settings instead of going through the "Settings Icon". Overall for the day-to-day activity, the Control Center gives you what you actually want of your iPhone.

Screen Recording

If you stay aside from recording creepy videos off Snapchat. It's actually a really neat feature for us designers. I would see this feature working well for instructional videos or tech support. As you can see, it's pretty simple, you tap the "Record" button off the Control Center (with or without audio) and that's it! I would definitely see myself using "Screen Recording" to explain a user flow or transitions for example. That's pretty neat!


This might be off-topic but I think it's a nice feature that can actually save lives. Imagine yourself in a very unfortunate situation, you press quickly five times on the power button, you can "Auto Call" which will dial 911. To setup: Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Call Audio Routing -> Auto-Answer Calls

Editing Screenshots

Another great feature to enhance your workflow, I've found myself in many situations where you would take screenshots and upload it through Instagram Stories to be able to use their editing tools. Well not anymore with IOS 11. I also love the fact that you don't have to go back to your "Camera Roll" and edit.

iOS 11 Review: Actually Useful FeaturesDrag and Drop Feature

Drag and Drop

I gave it a try on the iPhone and sometimes it worked and vice-versa. It was definitely worth it on the iPad. The feature "Multi App Dragging" where you tap and hold an app until it wiggles so you can select multiple apps and then drag them all to a new screen or folder. It truly makes the iPad into a solid device more beyond than before.

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If you still haven't downloaded or upgraded your device yet, check out Apple's iOS 11 site. And give it a whirl yourself!

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