Everything you need to know about iOS 11

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The new Control Center is just one of many great new iOS 11 features.
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Over the past two months, Cult of Mac scoured the iOS 11 betas to collect tips and tricks for Apple’s latest mobile operating system. We’ve covered everything, from the iPad’s amazing new Dock and Drag-and-Drop to the iPhone’s new lifesaving Do Not Disturb While Driving.

We’ve created this iOS 11 guide, which we will update going forward, so you can easily find links to our best iOS 11 tips and how-tos. Read on for more on the radically improved Notes app, iOS 11’s powerful new camera features and more.

iOS 11 tips and how-tos

Multitasking in iOS 11

The iPad gets a complete overhaul in iOS 11, with a new Dock, a new window-switcher, drag-and-drop, and way better split-screen functions.

All you need to know about Slide Over, Split View in iOS 11

iOS 11 brings 5 different types of tap, but don’t panic

Drag and drop in iOS 11

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Somehow all the different gestures just work, depite being so similar.
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How to use drag and drop in iOS 11 Maps

The iOS 11 Dock

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The new Dock is essential to iOS 11’s drag-and-drop, but there’s a lot more packed there.
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iOS 11 Dock makes Handoff worth using again

Everything you need to know about the iOS 11 Dock

iOS 11 Control Center

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In iOS 11, the Control Center becomes a remote control for your life.
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How to customize Control Center in iOS 11

Everything new in Control Center in iOS 11

iOS 11 tips for using the new Files app

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Files is like the Finder for iOS 11.
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Everything you need to know about the new Files app on iOS 11

How to use the new keyboard shortcuts in iOS 11’s Files app

Everything you need to know about tagging files in iOS 11

How to share documents from the Files app in iOS 11

How to use the new keyboard shortcuts in iOS 11’s Files app

iOS 11 Notes app

Notes app in iOS 11 lets you draw on pictures in your notes, and introduces papers.
Drawing on pictures is easier in iOS 11 Notes.
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How to use Instant Notes and Instant Markup in iOS 11

Notes app gets new turbocharged text tools in iOS 11

How to draw on pictures in iOS 11 Notes app

How to scan and mark up paper with Notes app in iOS 11

iOS 11 Notes app finally lets you search notes when you save

How to pin notes and use stationery in iOS 11 Notes app

iMessage in iOS 11

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You can really go to town cleaning up your Messages’ storage.
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Find and delete storage-hogging iMessage chats in iOS 11

iOS 11 photos and camera

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Snap your Live Photos on your iPhone, edit on your iPad.
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How to use iOS 11’s powerful new screenshot markup tool

HEIF: Everything you need to know about the JPEG-killing image format

How to scan QR codes with iOS 11’s Camera app

How to use iOS 11’s new camera-leveling feature

How to use iOS 11’s new Live Photos effects

How Apple made the Photos app even more private in iOS 11

How to rearrange photos in iOS 11

Other new iOS 11 features

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The new translate feature in Siri.
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Quick tip: Using the awesome new iOS 11 Timer widget

iOS 11 tip: How to record your iPhone screen natively to capture gameplay

How iOS 11 will free up space on your iPhone or iPad

How to manually offload and reinstall apps in iOS 11

iOS 11 automatically ignores flaky Wi-Fi connections

iOS 11 makes Spotlight search super-powerful

How to share your iCloud storage plan with family members

How to use Type to Siri in iOS 11 (and why you’ll love it)

How to use iOS 11’s powerful new screenshot markup tool

How to upgrade to iOS 11

Apple released iOS 11 on September 20, 2017. (Here’s how to find out if your device is compatible with iOS 11).

We’re loving it so far, especially on iPad. If you haven’t embraced Apple’s new mobile operating system yet, here’s how to upgrade to iOS 11 the right way.

  • Richard Ludwig

    That’s a lot of words to say “I like iOS 11 because it works more like a PC”…

    • Bespin

      LOL true …. but not quite as good because it uses a mobile OS and professional use examples are lacking

      • Richard Ludwig

        I actually like iOS because on the iPad BECAUSE it’s a mobile OS – and I use it professionally all the time.

        Time will tell how much the Files app influences app design. The moment I have to start managing files on my iPad is the minute it goes into a drawer and I just use my Surface Pro – because at that point, why not?

        I’m in that minority (I guess) who DOESN’T want iOS to become more PC-like – because I already have that with the Surface.

      • Bespin

        Ya Surface Pros are hard to beat for across the board compatibility and flexibility. I use mine in all different ways. I had an iPad Air work gave me only enjoyed it as a mobile device, liked the lightweight for pre-downloaded content

        I think they really should have combined iOS and Mac and went touchscreen. I think they missed a big opportunity there basically being stubborn.

  • Josiah Wilson

    That’s a lot of words to say “I like iOS 11 because it works more like a PC”…

  • johan

    That’s a lot of words to say “I like iOS 11 because it works more like a PC”…