24 Things You Can Do in iOS 11 That You Couldn't Do Before
But first a quick note on compatibility: iOS 11 will only work on 64-bit devices, so that's an iPhone 5S or newer, a fifth generation iPad or newer, any iPad Pro, an iPad mini 2 or newer, or a sixth generation iPod. The iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and iPad 4 cannot be updated to take advantage of these features.
1) Get started more quicklyThe setup process has once again been streamlined in iOS 11 with the arrival of an Automatic Setup option. If you have another iOS 11 device lying around, you can hold it close to your new one to sync over preferences, passwords, iCloud settings, and more.
2) Find apps more easily
3) Get translations and music from SiriSiri can now do translations in iOS 11—say "how do you say..." followed by your phrase and a language of your choice from Chinese, Spanish, French, German, or Italian. Siri will also act as your personal DJ, via Apple Music, if you tell it to "play something I like".
4) Type your requests to Siri
5) Play around with augmented realityYou may well have already heard how iOS 11 enables some rather fancy augmented reality trickery, letting you stomp around cities, level up your Pokémon Go experience, or do anything else that developers can imagine overlaying on the camera with the help of AR.
6) Do more with your Live Photos
7) Do more with your normal photosAlso new in the Camera and Photos apps in iOS 11 are a bunch of new filters you can use to get your pictures looking their best with minimal effort, including Vivid and Dramatic. Tap the color blobs to see them, whether you're trying to frame a shot or editing it afterwards.
8) Scan QR codes with the camera
9) Pay friends through a messageOne of the smaller changes coming in iOS 11 is a new partnership between Apple Pay and the Messages app, so you can use the former right inside the latter. Mention an amount of cash in your conversation and the Apple Pay Messenger app pops up to complete the deal.
10) Use the keyboard with one hand
11) Annotate your screenshotsWhen you snap a screenshot in iOS 11, you get a little thumbnail of it in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Ignore this and it goes away and the photo is saved as normal, but tap on it and you can add some text or scribbles before storing it away.
12) Get from A to B more easily
13) Find relevant newsThe News app embedded into iOS doesn't get a major overhaul, but Apple is promising a more personalized news experience. Siri will suggest news stories on what you might like based on what you've read before, and there's a new editor-curated Spotlight tab as well.
14) Access more settings at once
15) Make your own screen recordingsRecording screen activity in iOS has never been all that difficult, but it's easier than ever in the latest version: Activate the Screen Recording button in the Customize Controls panel we just mentioned, and tap it to start recording a video that's saved to your Camera Roll.
16) Stay focused on your driving
17) Deal with notifications more quicklyThe Notification Center and the lock screen are now more closely linked than ever before, and you can swipe down on either to see your older notifications in a list. Swipe an alert right to open up the app in question, or go left to view or clear the notification instead.
18) Find your files more easily
19) Share your taste in musicYou won't notice too much that's different in Apple Music, but you can now create an Apple Music profile to more easily share your recently played tracks, albums, playlists, and musical tastes with friends, provided you're a paid-up member of the Apple Music club.
20) Type faster on an iPad
21) Scan and sign documents on an iPadFire up the new Document Scanner in the iPad version of Notes in iOS 11 and you can scan in a document of your choice, with the cropping and image processing taken care of for you. Before saving or sharing you can add a signature or annotation with the Apple Pencil.
22) Do more with the Apple Pencil
23) Drag and drop elements on an iPadThe multitasking and app switching capabilities of the iPad devices are much improved with the arrival of iOS 11, and one of the ways you can see that work is to drag highlighted text, images, and files from one app to another when working in the Split Screen view.
24) Use the new iPad dock