iOS 11 Overview Updated February 16, 2021

iOS 11

A giant step for iPhone. A monumental leap for iPad.

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Apple unveiled iOS 11 in June of 2017 during its Worldwide Developer Conference, releasing the first developer beta the same day.

iOS 11 includes a host of new features and interface changes, including a new file system with the Files app, a new Dock for iPad, a redesigned Control Center, drag and drop, ARKit – an augmented reality platform, Apple Pay in Messages, a redesigned App Store, improved Siri, and much more.

Here’s how Apple describes its latest mobile OS:

iOS 11 sets a new standard for what is already the world’s most advanced mobile operating system. It makes iPhone better than before. It makes iPad more capable than ever. And now it opens up both to amazing possibilities for augmented reality in games and apps. With iOS 11, iPhone and iPad are the most powerful, personal, and intelligent devices they’ve ever been.

iOS 11 is currently in developer beta and public beta. The operating system will likely launch to the general public alongside the iPhone 8 this fall.

iOS 11 Stories February 16, 2021

How to turn off iPhone without the power button

Have a broken Top or Side button? Follow along for how to turn off iPhone without the power button. We’ll also look at how to use AssistiveTouch to lock your iPhone screen and more.

iOS 11 Stories July 11, 2018

Patent troll SMTM Technology is suing Apple for alleged patent infringement over the ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ feature introduced in iOS 11 …

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iOS 11 Stories May 30, 2018

Apple has released the first iOS 11.4.1 beta to registered developers for testing on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 11.4.1 likely focuses on bug fixes to any issues created by yesterday’s iOS 11.4 release.

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iOS 11 Stories May 29, 2018

Just days before iOS 12 is unveiled to the public, Apple is fulfilling two promises made a year ago in iOS 11. First announced earlier this morning, iOS 11.4 is now available for iPhone and iPad. The new update includes AirPlay 2, HomePod stereo pairing, Messages in iCloud, and more.

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iOS 11 Stories May 17, 2018

Update: Public beta now, as well!

It’s only been a few days since the last beta, and now Apple has released iOS 11.4 beta 6 for testing. iOS 11.4 includes unreleased features like AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud. There’s also a new wallpaper for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

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iOS 11 Stories May 14, 2018

It’s been one week since the fourth beta, and now Apple has released iOS 11.4 beta 5 for testing. iOS 11.4 includes unreleased features like AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud. There’s also a new wallpaper for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

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We reported back in April that the iOS 11 App Store redesign is seeing significant improvements to discoverability and increased downloads for developers.

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iOS 11 Stories May 7, 2018

Apple enforcing iOS 11 support, iPhone X resolution in app updates

It was reported back in February that all new apps submitted to the App Store had to support the iPhone X’s Super Retina display starting last month. Today, Apple has informed developers that all new apps, whether updates or new submissions, will be required to support the iPhone X’s screen resolution, beginning in July of 2018.

Less than one week after the third developer beta, Apple has released iOS 11.4 beta 4 for testing. iOS 11.4 includes unreleased features like AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud. There’s also a new wallpaper for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

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iOS 11 Stories May 1, 2018

Update: Public beta now available too.

Two weeks after the second developer beta, Apple has released iOS 11.4 beta 3 for testing. iOS 11.4 includes unreleased features like AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud. There’s also a new wallpaper for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

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iOS 11 Stories April 25, 2018

How to invoke split screen on iPad with iOS 11

With iOS 11, Apple supercharged the way how users. It came with many additions including a revamp to split screen multitasking. Gone is the swipe over and pick from a hideous and unintuitive app picker.

It’s always fun seeing Apple break down its adoption numbers for devices running the latest version of iOS. Today, the company did just that and it looks like 76% of users are now running iOS 11. expand full story

iOS 11 Stories April 24, 2018

Apple has released a new software update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 11.3.1 is likely a bug fix update to the iOS 11.3 software update released last month. Apple has also released a security update to the recent macOS 10.13.4 update to macOS High Sierra.

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iOS 11 Stories April 20, 2018

The latest iOS 11 update to the App Store seems to be getting a ton of praise, and today it looks like developers are joining in on the fanfare.

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iOS 11 Stories April 18, 2018

We first called on Apple to introduce a ‘Do Not Disturb while driving’ feature back in May of last year, and were delighted to see it included in iOS 11 soon afterwards.

It seemed obvious that it would reduce distracted driving, and one insurance company says that it now has the evidence for this …

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iOS 11 Stories April 16, 2018

Two weeks after the original developer beta, Apple has released iOS 11.4 beta 2 for testing. iOS 11.4 includes unreleased features like AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud.  We’ll dig in to the new version and detail changes below.

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iOS 11 Stories April 3, 2018

Following yesterday’s developer betas, Apple has seeded iOS 11.4 and tvOS 11.4 public betas. iOS 11.4 includes both AirPlay 2 and Messages on iCloud for testing, and tvOS 11.4 can be used for AirPlay 2 testing.

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iOS 11 Stories April 2, 2018

Following the official release of iOS 11.3 to all customers on Thursday, Apple will release the first iOS 11.4 developer beta for iPhone and iPad today. The new beta version should be available on Apple’s Developer Center and over-the-air for devices with the beta profile installed near the top of the hour.

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iOS 11 Stories March 29, 2018

Apple is releasing iOS 11.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch today with the software update expected to be available at the top of the hour. While the update includes the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, iOS 11.3 is also a significant feature update as well.

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iOS 11 Stories March 26, 2018

A vulnerability in the QR code reader built into the iOS camera app could allow users to be directed to a malicious website without their knowledge.

As of iOS 11, you can simply point your iPhone at a QR code using the standard camera app, and it will read and act on the code. In the case of an embedded website URL, iOS shows you the link address and asks you to tap to confirm you want to visit it. But you may not be visiting the link displayed …

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iOS 11 Stories March 21, 2018

[Update: Apple says it will fix the bug in a future update.]

A privacy bug reported by Brazilian site Mac Magazine allows someone to access hidden message notifications on a locked iPhone by asking Siri to read them …

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iOS 11 Stories March 16, 2018

That new iOS 11.3 beta from Monday? It’s already out of date. In a special Friday release, Apple has seeded iOS 11.3 beta 6 to registered developers to test on iPhone and iPad. We’ll dig in to the new version and detail any changes below. (Update: iOS 11.3 beta 6 is also now available for public beta testers too.)

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iOS 11 Stories March 13, 2018

In iOS 11, Markup is a system-level feature able to annotate and draw shapes over images and PDFs. It lets you draw with a pen, a marker and some basic squares and circles over photos. Apple doesn’t really advertise Markup as a redaction feature, to cover up information, but it feels like it is up to the job and I’ve seen many people on social media use it to do just that.

However, you have to be careful as the Markup tools can be deceptive, particularly the marker. Even if it looks like the personal info is obscured, some basic photoshop work easily reveals what is underneath …

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iOS 11 Stories March 6, 2018

How to protect your iPhone data with privacy controls built in to iOS

As more companies and services are leveraging user data to greater extents, it’s becoming more and more important to be aware of your privacy preferences and how you can make sure your iPhone settings are in alignment. Whether it’s been a little while since you’ve checked out your privacy settings or you’ve never looked under the hood, follow along to make sure everything is set to your liking.

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