iOS 11 is one of those behind the scenes update. You’ll find big sweeping changes on the iPad. But on the iPhone, they’re much more subtle. There are new technologies under the hood. And new features like Do Not Disturb While Driving or QR Code scanning that only get a mention in the Settings app.
Auto Brightness used to be a fixture of the Display & Brightness section in iOS 10. Whenever the auto brightness would behave erratically, you’d go in, turn it off, and take matters in your own hand. Because of the Control Center slider, brightness has always been quite easy to adjust. In iOS 11, Apple has moved this feature to the Accessibility section.
For the past few years, Apple has been slowly degrading Game Center support in iOS. First, it stopped being a standalone app. In iOS 10, it became a single settings item and you were allowed too sign out of Game Center. But that didn’t actually disable the functionality. You’d still see the banner when you opened supported apps. In iOS 11, there’s a way to actually disable the entire Game Center feature for good.
Background App Refresh makes sure that your favorite apps are ready to go when you are. This is the feature that makes sure that when you open Facebook or Twitter, your feed is already refreshed. It’s the feature that lets applications run and download data in the background.
If you’re running iOS 11 or macOS High Sierra, you can now share your Wi-Fi network with your friends without actually giving them the password. A new feature in iOS 11 will let you share the password for a Wi-Fi network, wirelessly with other devices as long as they’re nearby.
The tragedy of the “you’re running low on storage” popup is that it often strikes at the worst possible time. Often when you’re trying to record a video, or when you really need to download an app. Apple seems to have wised up on this problem. iOS 11 is filled with intelligent and automatic ways of managing storage space. One such feature – Offload Unused Apps – promises that you’ll never see that unfortunate low storage pop up ever again.
Being able to hear written text on your phone read aloud to you can serve multiple purposes. If you have any type of impaired vision, it can certainly help in that regard. It’s also useful in settings where you don’t have the time nor capability to stare at your phone and read large blocks of text. Perhaps you want to treat whatever your reading as an audiobook of sorts.
iOS is the clear leader when it comes to smartphone accessibility. It’s awesome to see blind and different abled users get access to technology in the palm of their hands. And Apple is committed to make this a better experience for many users. And in iOS 10, they’re adding a new Color Filters option to help compensate for color blindness.
Scrolling through the Settings app in iOS 10, you might say nothing major has changed. On the surface, it looks the same. But just like there are small new changes in apps in iOS 10, the same thing applies for the Settings app. Here’s everything that’s new in the Settings app in iOS 10.
The Settings app is highly used, and frequently searched through. When searching for Accessibility or another settings item, you’d have to know where to look in order to find it. With iOS 9, you can forget scrolling endlessly in your Settings to find a specific item. You can now search Settings to find exactly what you’re looking for.