What's new in iOS for iPhone

Another year, which means another version of iOS (the operating system for iPhones and iPads). In June of this year, Tim Cook (along with other high-ranking Apple Executives) unveiled the new software coming to all in the Fall. Now that we’re getting closer to the release date, let’s take a minute to find out what’s been changed.


Side Note: Yes, you should update. In every version of any software lies improvements to the built-in security. This will help protect you from many threats from the internet and other places as well.


1.   Control Center

Control Center got an all-new redesign for like the third time (They just can seem to get this one right…). Apple added more functionality to Control Center as well as change how you use it. You sill access it by swiping from the bottom of your screen to the top. However, the two-page system Apple added last time is now gone. Instead, you are now left with a series of buttons, sliders, and a square box for music control. While this redesign might seem not necessary, Apple added some new features to the Control Center. You can now add “toggles” (those little buttons that change things on your iPhone) and shortcuts to things like the timer and notes. Better yet, if you have an iPhone 6s or 7 (or the plus sized versions of those) you can 3D TOUCH anything and get more information on that setting! Now, this might seem like a lot, but once you use it, you wonder how you used anything else.


2.   Screenshots

How you take screenshots has not changed, but what you can do with them has. You still take a screenshot by pressing the home and power button together. When you do this, you will see a white flash on your screen letting you know that a screenshot was taken. However, while in iOS 10, the screenshot was saved to photos, in iOS 11, the screenshot is still saved in Photos but also appears in the bottom left of your screen. You can dismiss it, or you can tap it. When you tap on it the photo blows up and mark up tools are shown. You can draw or write on it. Then you can send it off to whoever you want. This makes it easy to quickly capture something and highlight for your friend.


3.   App Store

The App Store got a major redesign for iOS 11, and the first big changes since the original App Store. The new changes should be easy enough to understand, just make sure to read the labels!


4.   Siri

Siri is starting to get better after some real completion from Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. Siri should now understand you better, and can now translate things into other languages! Nice if you’re traveling abroad!


5.   Notifications

This might become the most confusing part of iOS 11. When swipe down from the top to see your notifications, you open what’s called notification center. It’s a two-page system where widgets from the app are on the left page, and notifications from apps are on the right page. However, in iOS 11, when you pull down you’re taken what looks like the lock screen with a list of your notifications. You might thing you’ve locked your phone, but you haven’t. The widgets page or “Today” view is now gone and now only lives on the left page from your home screen. You might get confused, but if you are ever lost just remember to just hit the home button and start over.