Customisability and centralising: Apple releases iOS 11

Apple has released iOS 11 [Image: Apple]

Apple’s latest mobile operating system – iOS 11 – is here and it features a number of developments that have been created in order to boost creativity and productivity.

The software hasn’t had a major overhaul in terms of general user experience, but does come with various changes. Users will know they’re interacting with an Apple product, but there are now more customisable elements, which should make it easier to achieve what it is they’re setting out to do.

Control centre

Now more customisable, the control centre is perhaps the biggest change in the operating system. It has been completely redesigned to appear on one single panel instead of being spread across two or three. The control centre now features a number of buttons and widgets, some of which can be expanded using force touch to explore more options. You can customise and reorder the buttons that appear in the control centre.

Dock

One of the new introductions is the dock, which provides quick access to a user’s favourite, frequently used iPad apps and documents from any screen. It aims to make it easier to work with multiple apps with the split view and slide over features, which provide what are essentially different windows. According to Apple, using the drag and drop feature “makes moving images, text and files between apps easier than ever using multi-touch”.

Files

The files app is also a new feature in iOS 11, allowing the iPad to act more like a computer. It gives users one central place to access and organise files regardless of whether they are located on the iPad or in the cloud, since it has built-in support for the iCloud drive as well as other cloud services, such as Dropbox.

Siri

Apple’s personal assistant has had an upgrade in iOS 11. It now features new voices, which Apple says are “more natural and expressive, adjusting intonation, pitch, emphasis and tempo while speaking”. The company added that Siri now uses “on-device learning” to provide more personal experiences and offer suggestions based on how apps like Safari, news, mail, and messages are used.

Do Not Disturb

iOS 11 has introduced do not disturb while driving, which aims to minimise distractions to those on the road. This could end up being a much-used feature by those who travel a lot for work. It enables the iPhone to detect when a user is driving by vehicle movement or bluetooth connections, and then automatically silences notifications to keep the screen dark. Users can choose to send an auto reply to their contacts that informs them they’re driving.