Discover what’s new in iOS 11!

Take Control of
iOS 11

Josh Centers

Whether you use an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you’ll find lots to explore in _Take Control of iOS 11_ by TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers. Learn about what’s new in iOS 11—from major changes to Control Center, to Instant Markup, to the multitasking features added for the iPad that take it one step closer to being a peer to the Mac—and how to customize it to fit your needs.

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Take a spin through the newest features of iOS 11 with Take Control of iOS 11 by TidBITS Managing Editor Josh Centers. Whether you use an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, you’ll find lots to explore in this book, from major changes to Control Center, to new Instant Markup features, to the Files app, which offers access to files stored in iCloud and on your device. Learn how iOS 11 is a game-changer for the iPad, with new multi-tasking capabilities that take it one step closer to being a peer to the Mac.

Other aspects of iOS that have seen changes in this new version are: the Lock Screen, Control Center, the Home Screen, Files, Siri, Keyboard, HomeKit, the App Store, the Camera, Maps, Messages, Photos, Notes, and Settings. As you dive into the details, Josh also shows you how to customize iOS 11 to fit your needs, helping you decide which settings and apps would be most useful to you.

If you need a refresher on everything that iOS can do, you’ll also find that in this book. Josh provides extensive guidance about the ins and outs of using iOS, including how to:

  • Manage the Lock Screen, Home Screen, and Control Center
  • Search with Spotlight
  • Switch between apps and use Handoff to transfer your work
  • Use Siri effectively
  • Master Keyboard tasks (typing, dictation, emojis, autofill)
  • Use Share Sheets
  • Make use of iCloud services
  • Optimize the App Store
  • Turn on Family Sharing
  • Make the most of special iPad features like drag and drop
  • Take photos and organize them
  • Manage Messages
  • Make calls and use FaceTime and Voicemail
  • Search in Safari
  • Use Maps, Find My iPhone, and Find My Friends
  • Organize your Wallet and use Apple Pay
  • Control your home with HomeKit and Siri
  • Learn about privacy settings
  • Manage data usage and battery life
Josh Centers

About Josh Centers

Josh Centers is is a Business Journalist at TextExpander, editor-in-chief of Unprepared, and founder of Apple Buying Advice. He has been featured in USA Today, Macworld, Scientific American, the Washington Post, Boing Boing, the Wirecutter, and other publications, as well as on Comedy Central, HuffPost Live, and Voice of America. Josh lives in Tennessee with his wife and children.

This version of the book has been revised to reflect the official release of iOS 11 on September 19, 2017. Here’s an overview of the major changes:

  • I list a handful of new features in What’s New in iOS 11: HDR movies on 2017 iPad Pro models, buying ringtones in iOS, and the necessity to enter a passcode before trusting a computer to sync with your iOS device.
  • I discuss the upcoming iPhone X, which will behave very differently from previous iPhones.
  • Under Learn Spotlight Features, I refer to the new Knowledge feature with its official name, Siri Knowledge.
  • Apple has officially confirmed that person-to-person Apple Pay will not arrive with iOS 11.0, but will instead be added in an update to iOS 11 scheduled for later this year.

What devices will iOS 11 run on?

The minimum hardware requirements for running iOS 11 are the iPhone 5s, iPad mini 2, iPad Air, iPad Pro, and sixth-generation iPod touch.

September 19, 2017 -- iOS 11 was released today, and the book has been updated to version 1.1 to reflect the changes that occurred since its initial publication. We expect to see further changes in iOS 11, however, and we'll update the book accordingly when the time comes.

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