Apple iOS 11

Preceding the release of the novel and flagship Apple’s iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the crown of all iPhone X Phone came the hard-driving Apple iOS 11 update jammed full with great, fun and new features.

” iOS 11 brings hundreds of new features to iPhone and iPad including an all new App store, a more pro-active and intelligent Siri, improvements to camera and photos and augmented reality technologies to enable immersive experiences. iOS 11 is also the biggest release for iPad ever and adds powerful new multitasking features, a new file App and more ways to use Apple Pencil” Apple says.

In assessment of this ambitious and lovable Apple iOS 11, it’s features to mention a few are discussed below:

One of the cool stuff is the new app called MeasureKit: It is literally a measuring app that is built on Apple’s augmented reality framework — ARKit. Quite like a real ruler, only a lot better and way more fun. It will allow you to point your iPhone’s camera at any object you’d like to measure up.

Apple Measurekit App
Apple Measurekit App

One-handed keyboard: iPads have long had this feature, but in iOS 11 iPhone users can hold down the globe keyboard button and a mini keyboard will appear which can be attached to the left or right side of the display.

iPad extra symbols: Hitting the shift key has long brought up alternative symbols and numbers, but now further alternatives can be accessed by pulling down on the shift key.

keyboard upgade
keyboard upgade

iPhone Drag and Drop: Widely marketed as iPad feature, this actually works on the iPhone in the Files and Notes app among others. Until all apps support this, however, finding what does and doesn’t work takes time.

Multi App Dragging: Tap and hold an app until it wiggles and you can now select multiple apps at the same time and then drag them all to a new screen or folder. Great for quick organisation.

One Handed Zoom:  A long established feature in Android with Google Maps, now iOS 11 similarly allows you to double tap on Apple Maps and if you keep your finger held to the screen on the second tap swiping up and down will zoom in and out. Useful when on the move.

Flyover Mode: Select 3D View and then a popular city and choose the Flyover option. With this enabled in iOS 11 you can now flyover the city just by moving around – a kind of simplified AR.

Apple maps flyover enhanced in iOS 11
Apple maps flyover enhanced in iOS 11


Additional Privacy: In Settings navigate to Safari and you’ll see a ‘Try to Prevent Cross-Site Tracking’ option. This stops ads following you from site to site, it is enabled by default.

Automatic Reader Mode: Long press the Reader button and the options ‘Use on this site’ and ‘Use on all sites’ appear. Select one and the site will always automatically load in Reader mode.

Password Autofill: Saved passwords in Safari can now be (securely) integrated into third party apps, saving you time typing them in. Android 8.0 Oreo also just added this feature.

Flight Status: In iOS 11 flight information is grabbed automatically from your emails and calendar and can be kept visible in Safari or a Spotlight widget.


QR Code Support: Automatic detection of QR codes is now supported just by opening your camera and pointing it at one. Say goodbye to all those third party QR code apps.

Leveling Tool: Navigate to Settings -> Camera and switch on ‘Grid’, now when the camera is taking a photo of something directly below it two + icons will appear. Line those up and the image will be exactly level before you take your shot.

Live Photo Editing: Open a Live Photo, tap Edit and mute the video, look for the video preview at the bottom and you can trim it just like you would a normal video by dragging the sliders from either end. You can also swipe up on a Live Photo to add Bounce, Loop and Long Exposure effects.

Live photo editing in iOS 11
Live photo editing in iOS 11

With these afore mentioned features and lots more the Apple iOS 11 is indeed on-point.