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Drag and drop text
Highlight and then press on a word or highlighted section to drag and drop it into other location. This only works within the same app and document on the iPhone, at least.
FaceTime screenshots are a thing of the past
Instead of your trying to capture a precious moment during a FaceTime call by taking a screenshot, iOS 11 will let you take a Live Photo of the call. The toggle is in Settings > FaceTime.
Tap the new shutter button while on a FaceTime call to take a FaceTime Live Photo. Pretty sweet, right?
The Apple Watch is no longer the only Apple device with an Emergency SOS mode. Your iPhone can now call local authorities and contacts of your choosing if you simply press the power button five times.
Depending on your preferences, which you can set in Settings > Emergency SOS, your phone will either prompt you to complete the call or will do it automatically.
Take notes from the lock screen
You can now add a shortcut to the Notes app in iOS 11’s revamped Control Center, and access the Notes from the lock screen.
Hidden in Settings > Notes is an option to select whether you want Notes to open the last note you edited, or if you want to create a new note every time you access Notes from the lock screen.
Mark up all the things
A new sharing option has been added to iOS 11. It’s called Markup as PDF and it lets you do just what it says.
When viewing a web page, a photo or a file, tap the Share icon and select Create PDF. You can then use the iOS markup tool to draw, sign or add text to the document before saving or sharing it.
A new Shut Down button
If your power button breaks, you can still turn the phone off with a new Shut Down option in Settings > General. To turn your iPhone back on, you’ll need to have a charging cable handy, as the iPhone will turn on the moment it’s plugged in to charge.
Photo, video format options
Apple is using a new photo and video file format starting with iOS 11, but if you’d rather not mess with it or are running into compatibility issues, you can revert back to the older format.
Open Settings > Camera > Formats to set your own preference.
Forget recent apps
The iPad’s new app dock has a section that displays recently used apps, but if you’re not a fan of the constant suggestions you can disable it.
Open Settings > General > Multitasking and turn Show Recents to Off.
Apple has added a one-handed keyboard option to the iPhone. There are two ways to activate it:
- Settings > General > Keyboards > One Handed Keyboard
- Long-press on the emoji or globe icon on the keyboard
You can select a right- or left-handed keyboard, and switch back to a full keyboard either by following the same steps outlined above, or tapping on the arrow placed next to the keyboard.
Universal notification control
Instead of having to go through each and every app’s notification settings to set your privacy preference, iOS 11 now has a universal setting for message previews.
Go to Settings > Notifications > Show Previews. There you can select the default setting for all apps.
iPad keyboard learns a new trick
When typing on the iPad’s digital keyboard, you no longer have to press the shift or symbol keys to insert some special characters. Instead, you can press a key and flick down on it to insert the corresponding symbol on it.
For example, in this GIF, you can see the gesture used on the Q key to insert “11,” and again to insert the “!” through the comma key at the end of the sentence.
iOS 11 App Store Purchased Section
When looking for previously purchased or installed apps in the App Store app, you’ll quickly notice the Purchased link isn’t readily available.
Starting with iOS 11, you’ll need to open the App Store and tap on the profile icon where you’ll find Purchased once again.
Live Photos during FaceTime calls
Taking screenshots of a FaceTime call to save a photo is no longer necessary. As of iOS 11, you can now capture a live photo of your screen during a call.
Both parties need to have the feature enabled for it to work. To enable it go to Settings > FaceTime > FaceTime Live Photos.
Then the next time you’re in a FaceTime call, just tap on the shutter button.