iOS 11 is filled with new technologies that take the camera to a whole new level. There’s the entire new ARKit framework, the new VR mode in Maps and now it seems like the AI smarts are secretly seeping into the Camera app as well. iOS 11 has an impressive hidden level tool that’s hidden in settings. Here’s how to enable it.
Another week, another minor iOS 11 beta update. This week, Apple has pushed out Developer Beta 7. This is the third beta to release on a weekly cycle. We’re not 2-3 weeks away from the final release. So maybe we have one more beta and a GM release ahead of us. Usually, by Beta 7, Apple has worked out all the kinks. And that’s evident from this release. The changes in this release are very minor.
When it comes to storage space (or lack there of) on iPhones, Apple seems to have finally woken up. The first step was upgrading the lowest tier to 32 GB. Now, with iOS 11, Apple is bringing not one but 5 features that will either help you manage your storage space or automatically reduce the storage space required on your iPhone. Here’s what they are.
In iOS 11, Apple has simultaneously taken steps to block auto playing videos in Safari, while adding auto playing videos in their own App Store. I still can’t get over the irony of it all. But thankfully, if you don’t want to bombard with an autoplay video of a new game every time you scroll through the App Store, there’s a way to disable this feature.
Siri has primarily been a voice based assistant. While other assistants like Microsoft’s Cortana and Google Assistant have the ability to text to the assistant, Siri remained voice only. iOS 11 finally adds the ability to type to Siri. This will come in really handy when you’re in a position where you can’t talk out loud to your virtual personal assistant.
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.
No, we still don’t have the official dark mode that we’ve been wishing for since the past couple of years. But in iOS 11, there’s a new Accessibility feature that gets us really close to what we want to see. The new Smart Invert feature inverts UI colors like the background, buttons, text but it leaves off media like images, icons and other assets.
Now that we’re only a month away from iOS 11 release, Apple is speeding up the last few beta updates. As we get closer to the release, Apple is focusing more on fit and finish. There are no major new features in Beta 6. Although we find new icon designs, moved settings items and more.
iOS 11 added system wide drag and drop functionality for the iPad. Which means you can use more than one finger to interact with the screen. Drag an element with one finger, tap with another, “hold” an element (more on that later) with a third finger. You can do all of this at once. Some of these features are also available on the iPhone.
iOS 11 gives Live Photos a thorough update. Not only can you edit them, you can also add some really cool effects. If like me, you’ve been a fan of Live Photos for the past two years, now is the time to go back through all your favorite Live Photos and make them even better.