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Video shows off over 25 new features and changes in Apple’s latest iOS 11 beta

Zach Epstein
June 25th, 2017 at 9:00 AM
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Apple’s new iOS 11 software might not look like a huge update at first glance, but we can assure you that it is. The company has included thousands of new features, refinements, changes, and APIs in iOS 11, and developers got their first taste of the major update during WWDC 2017.

Earlier this week, Apple released its second developer beta, iOS 11 beta 2, which included a whole slew of bug fixes that developers (and non-developers) will surely appreciate. But iOS 11 beta 2 also included a laundry list of new features and changes that Apple fans might not know about.

Apple news blog 9to5Mac put together a nice quick video that runs down a list of more than 25 new features and changes found in iOS 11. Some are minor things that Apple tweaked as it continues its effort to get iOS 11 ready to release, while others are big changes that beta testers will definitely going to want to check out.

Here’s the list of items covered in this video, from 9to5Mac’s blog post:

  • You can now remove the recents section of the Dock on iPad
  • New Flyover features in Apple Maps
  • Indoor maps for Apple Maps
  • Share Screenshots directly
  • ‘Press for Siri’ toggle now relocated to Settings → Siri
  • One-handed Keyboard preferences
  • Bolder Date on Calendar app icon
  • New Safari settings for Experimental Features
  • New long press tab options
  • Landscape Safari tab interface on smaller devices
  • Control Center Music widget now shows playback source
  • Do Not Disturb While Driving Control Center toggle now works
  • New DND While Driving preferences in Settings → DND
  • DND While Driving ‘Urgent’ feature
  • No text feedback when using Siri while DND While Driving enabled
  • Frequent Locations have been changed to ‘Significant Locations’
  • Messages on iCloud now syncs, but still not fully functional
  • Files app legacy document providers now listed
  • New UITableView system gesture for quickly entering edit mode
  • Echo Messages app animation now features orange bubbles
  • Updated search results in Apple Music
  • Edit photos button replaces Details button in upper right-hand corner
  • New ‘Save to Files’ app option in Share Sheet
  • Drag and drop multiple items in the Photos app on iPhone
  • Access within apps is back in CC settings
  • New AirPlay button on lock screen controls
  • New Scan QR Codes toggle in Camera preferences

The full video is embedded below.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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