iOS 11: All the new features, tips and guides

 

You’re likely more than a little curious about what’s new in Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 11.

We plan on walking you through how to use the new features in iOS 11 starting now, adding more as we get closer to its official release later this year. Bookmark this page, add it to your home screen or write it on a sticky note and keep checking back.

For an overview of what the new software brings, read: 12 top tricks iOS 11 will bring to your iPhone, iPad

 

Read this first

 

Don’t install it on your main device. Right now, the update is still in development, but Apple has released it as a public beta for those who love living on the cutting edge. As tempting as it may be, take our advice and don’t install it on your primary phone. No, really. It can cause all sorts of problems. Here’s more info — our attempt at persuasion — should you still feel the need to install iOS 11 on your daily device.

 

Fine, install it, but remember you’ve been warned. Signing up and installing the public beta is really simple. Follow along as Matt Elliot walks you through installing the iOS 11 public beta.

 

iOS 11 basics

Hidden features galore. Apple didn’t announce every single feature added to iOS 11 at its big event at WWDC in June (above). That’s OK — we started digging through it a short time later. Here, take a look at what Apple didn’t tell you about iOS 11.

 

Screenshots on steroids. A new screenshot tool in iOS 11 makes it easy to capture what’s on your screen, edit, crop or add your signature and then share it and delete it. It’s awesome-sauce.

 

Slight tweaks to Messages. A new iMessage app drawer, syncing of Messages via iCloud, and a couple of screen effects have been added to the app. Here’s the Messages rundown.

 

Make Control Center your own. The three-panel Control Center from iOS 10 is gone. With iOS 11 you can add or remove shortcuts you don’t use, along with some hidden Control Center features you’re sure to love.

 

Live Photos get lively. Creating a quick animation out of a Live Photo is now possible with a couple of taps. The end result is fun, if not impressive.

 

Don’t forget the iPad

 

Apple’s tablet is like a brand-new device after installing the new software. Here are 7 tips and tricks for navigating the iPad on iOS 11.

 

It’s more than iOS

 

Apple TV joins the fun. The public beta of its TVOS 11 software adds some a few tweaks and new features, including a dark mode and syncing of home screen layout between multiple Apple TVs. Here’s what you need to know to install the TVOS 11 beta.

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