10 Features Apple Killed in iOS 11


iOS 11 adds a lot of new and interesting features. From the redesigned Control Center, the new App Store to the new multitasking on iPad. But in the process, iOS has also removed some features. Here are the features you’ll no longer see in iOS 11.

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1. No Native Twitter and Facebook Integrations

iOS 11 removes the native sharing features. You can no longer log in with Twitter and Facebook directly in iOS 11. Integrations for Vimeo and Flickr have also been removed. This means that third-party developers (like Tweetbot) won’t be able to connect directly to social media accounts using your default details. They’ll now need to connect using the official apps (that you’ll need to have installed).

2. N0 32 Bits Apps Support

iOS 11 is finally killing support for 32-bit apps. When you try to download an old app from App Store, instead of downloading it, you’ll get an error message instead. On both iOS 10 and 11 devices, you can go to Settings -> General -> App Compatibility to find out which apps that you use are 32-bit and won’t be supported by the new OS.

3. iCloud Drive App Replaced with Files

iOS 11 iPad Files app

iOS 10’s iCloud Drive has been removed and has been replaced by Files app. Which is actually a good thing. The Finder supports iCloud Drive, local third-party party services like Dropbox. Plus gives you better file management features like nested folders, list view, drag and drop, tagging and more.

Read More: 10 Best iOS 11 Features for iPad

4. No Home and Now Playing Panels in Control Center

iOS 10 vs iOS 11 Control Center

Both Home and Now Playing panels from Control Center have now been removed. Those features are now directly integrated into the new, single page Control Center.

5. No Control Center Gesture in iPad

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When you swipe up from the bottom of the screen on the iPad, you’ll now see the Dock, or the App Switcher. The Control Center panels are gone, with the Control Center now being integrated into the App Switcher. When you’re on Lock screen, swiping up does directly bring the Control Center.

6. No Two Pane Widgets in iPad

iOS 11 iPad Today View widgets

On all iPads, widgets are no longer in a two-column view. Instead, you’ll see a centered, single column view, in both portrait and landscape modes.

7. No Shortcut for Refreshing App Store

There used to be a hidden shortcut, where you’d tap 10 on any of the tab buttons times to manually force the App Store to refresh. This is gone in the new redesigned App Store.

8. No 3D Touch App Switcher

This could be a bug or something that comes back in later iOS 11 betas but right now, there’s no 3D Touch App Switcher shortcut. When you’re in an app, you can no longer force press the edge of the screen to bring up App Switcher or to go back to the last used app. This could have something to do with iOS 11’s new drag and drop feature that’s also working on the iPhone. But we can’t know for sure.

H/t to Jason Friedman in the comments for spotting the removed feature.

9. No Swiping Up to Close Apps on iPad

iOS 11 new App Switcher

Thanks to the all new App Switcher on the iPad, Apple has killed the simple and easy way of closing apps from the App Switcher. You can no longer just swipe up or away on any app. You need to tap and hold till you see the X icon and then tap it to close the app (similar to deleting apps on the Home screen). On the iPhone though, the feature is still there.

10. No Ability to Search in Purchases

In the redesigned app store, there’s no way to quickly search within the Purchased tab. When you tap on your profile button and go to Purchases, you won’t find a Search bar when you swipe down. We hope Apple brings this feature back before final release.

H/t to Paris Paraskeva in the comments for spotting the removed feature.

Watch the video of the features Apple has killed in iOS 11:

What Did We Miss?

The iOS 11 betas are still new and we’re still digging through them. Have you discovered a feature that no longer works the way it did in iOS 10? Share with us in the comments below.