Apple’s new software, iOS 11, is out — here are 17 major ways your phone just changed

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Apple’s annual update to its iPhone software is here.

Apple released iOS 11 to everyone with a modern iPhone on Tuesday. You can download it now in Settings > General > Software Update.

iOS 11 includes major updates for iPads, including a new desktop-like dock and supercharged multitasking features.

But it’s a big update for iPhones, too. The notifications screen has been revised, Apple’s first-party apps like Mail have been improved, and Control Center shortcuts have been redesigned.

Business Insider has been testing iOS 11 for months as a beta version. Here are the 17 biggest changes we’ve found:


1. A redesigned Control Center lets you swipe up to find the settings you use most often, and now it’s customizable.


2. Apple has changed the screenshot workflow, and now you can make screen-recording videos, too. Now screenshots go into the lower corner, and you can mark them up before sharing them. We used this feature to help put together this article.

This is what screenshots look like on an iPad.


3. There are a lot of Siri improvements in the latest version of iOS, but you’ll first notice that its voice has changed to be more realistic.


4. Now you can ask Siri to translate to Chinese, Spanish, French, German, or Italian, too.

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5. Apple has added several new photo filters to give your pics a little bit more style.

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6. There are also new camera effects to give your short videos a little more life.

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7. Apple has redesigned the App Store to make it an app you want to browse through, instead of somewhere you visit when you need an app.

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8. Apple finally has a file system on the iPhone and the iPad. It’s called Files, and it’s one built-in Apple app you probably won’t want to hide.

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Here’s a pic of the iPad version of the app.
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9. Apple Music is now more of a social network, with user profiles and the ability to share and collaborate on playlists — now you can follow your friends on the network.

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10. A new mode prevents you from texting or looking at your phone while you’re driving.

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11. You can clear your storage quickly with a new storage-optimization feature. It’s in Settings > General > iPhone Storage.

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12. No more asking what the Wi-Fi password is — now you can easily share with your contacts.

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To turn it on, you just need to hold your Apple device near someone who needs to get onto your network, and it will instantly transfer the Wi-Fi password.


13. A one-handed keyboard is now built into the iPhone. To activate it, hold down on the smiley icon that usually opens the emoji keyboard.

The keys get shifted to one side and arranged in a way to make it easy for you to quickly tap out a message with your thumb.


14. This might be a big change: your notifications window is now the same as your lock screen.


15. And eventually, you’ll be able to send money to friends through iMessage, although that’s not included in Tuesday’s update.

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16. It’s also a good chance to give Apple Maps another chance. Now it has indoor maps at places like malls and airports.

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Here’s the list of Apple devices that can download the update.

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17. You’ll also want to check out apps that take advantage of “ARkit,” new software that lets iPhones superimpose computer graphics over the real world.

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