iOS 11 is coming.
This fall, iPhones and iPads will get the latest version of Apple's mobile software, first unveiled earlier in June.
Developers have had access to a beta preview of iOS 11 since then, but on Monday it becomes available as a public beta. That means anyone who wants it can get it, but be forewarned: It's not fully baked yet.
For iOS 11, Apple put a lot of focus on the iPad, and there are a plethora of new features that take the tablet - and the iPad Pro especially - to a new level of productivity.
But just because iOS 11 puts the spotlight on Apple's tablets doesn't mean there's nothing to look forward to on your iPhone. There are a whole lot of improvements to the stuff you do every day.
Apple has - yet again - completely redesigned Control Center (the common functions and settings you access by swiping up from the bottom of the screen).
It's added a ton of new shortcuts and making the entire thing customizable. You can now add up to 17 shortcuts to the panel and fine-tune it to your needs.
Low power mode, Notes, Voice Memos, Alarm and Screen Recording (more on that in a minute) are among my favorites, but other notable additions include: Wallet, Do Not Disturb While Driving, and accessibility features like Guided Access and Magnifier.
Each of these can be enabled in the Control Center menu in Settings where you can also change the order in which the shortcuts appear.
Even better, these shortcuts have also been given richer 3D Touch interactions that make them more useful.
Pushing hard on the brightness control toggles Night Shift on or off, for example, while using it on the flashlight lets your control its brightness.
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