New iOS 11 features tried

We have tried the Golden Master of iOS 11 on a Phone 7 Plus and know the final features. Many things remind ...


We have tried the Golden Master of iOS 11 on a Phone 7 Plus and know the final features. Much of it sounds suspicious of Android and some goes even better with the competition we loved so much. But let's take a closer look at the innovations in the iOS-11 test.

We would not be a good Android magazine, we would not swim to the other bank and watch what Apple is doing: What iOS 11 features maybe we already know from Android and which would we like to see with us? In the meantime the Golden Master is available, which has the same features as the final iOS version, which will be updated as of September 22nd as an update for the following devices:

iOS 11 comes on the following devices

iPhone X
iPhone 8
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 7
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6s
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone SE
iPhone 5s
12,9" iPad Pro (2. Generation)
12,9" iPad Pro (1. Generation)
10,5" iPad Pro
9,7" iPad Pro
iPad Air 2
iPad Air
iPad (5. Generation)
iPad mini 4
iPad mini 3
iPad mini 2
iPod touch (6. Generation)

Already the update availability is a feature, around which one envies Apple in the Android world. Even the four-year-old iPhone 5s still get the new features of iOS 11 as well as security updates. In the Android world, there are at most exceptions such as Google with the Nexus 6 or Samsung with the Galaxy Note 4, which after their respective release in 2014 are still provided with security patches.
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The note 4 gets updates. / © COOLANDROIDTIPS
Several features, especially the improvements for the iPad, we could not try the lack of test device. But it is already apparent that Apple has copied some ideas from Google; and not even so bad. The iPad features of iOS 11 include ...

  • a dock with app fast starters.
  • the parallel opening of multiple apps; including drag and drop for text and images.
  • new pencil features.
  • a more comprehensive keyboard.

More power for Siri

Apple's voice assistant Siri is supposed to control and search apps, recognize bookings in e-mails, and automatically create appointments based on the data. This is the easiest way to keep an overview and always reach your goal on time. While the latter in connection with Apple Wallet on private and business trips is a great help, the folds with the in-app search with Siri still not so faultless.

Apple introduces Siri

Google introduces Assistant

Instead of Apple Music, I prefer the streaming service Deezer. This can not be searched with Siri yet. Whether this is due to the operating system's limitations or a poor implementation of the app developer? The Google Assistant does not have any trouble with it and responds to the "Game Music" command to open Deezer; and not Google Play Music. In the test with Google Home, music control is the best feature of the Google Assistant.

What applies to music also applies to many other third-party services: Google always gives me the choice to change the default values. The open philosophy of the ecosystem, which is already known from the Play Store, is therefore continued with the digital assistant.
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HomePod is the new home of Siri. / © Apple
Apart from that, the overlaps of Siri and Assistant are unmistakable: you start by voice command apps, calls, dictates messages and sends them with the messenger of your choice. You can place localized search queries and find the next ATM. You can set the timer or dim the light in the bedroom. Or you can change the radiosender in the living room. SmartHome gives greetings.

AirPlay 2 with multi-room audio

Now you can play your music stream on several AirPlay speakers simultaneously. So Apple closes to Chromecast, which has also been multi-room capable. However, I think the implementation via the control center is more successful. Android has so far put on a mixture of quick set-up tiles and pinned notifications. In addition, the PoolCast / Google Home compatible speaker is slightly smaller than the AirPlay counterparts.
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Clever solved: Hold down the player to get to the AirPlay control center. / © CoolAndroidTips

iOS does not bother you in the car

Devices with iOS 11 when you are in the car. Calls are then rejected with a friendly SMS that sits at the wheel. The mode can either be activated automatically by the Bluetooth connection or by the iPhone analyzes your current motion profile. A similar behavior can be found in Android only with the Google app Android Auto.

Automatic setup

"Keep your new iPhone or iPad just in the vicinity of an iOS device to automatically sign up with your Apple ID" sounds like a smart innovation from Apple: If you already have a device with Apple logo, you can do a lot of typing work when setting up the new iPhones. With Android, this question has been part of the setup wizard for several years. This also helps you when you come from an iOS device. ;)
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Android can detect "devices nearby" and set up quickly. / © CoolAndroidTips

The App Store gets a facelift

App discovery is the essence of the app store: If Apple wants to animate its iOS users for purchases, the app developers must be able to present the apps well. So not only the app development and the catalog were embellished; also the description page of the individual apps was designed more appealing. This includes automatically launching videos, more space for reviews, and more.
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Today is much more beautifully rendered than Featured. / © CoolAndroidTips
The games get their own button at the bottom of the App Store app for faster access. The Today section replaces Featured and brings new releases or special offers to the front. In the App Store settings, you'll find an additional option that uninstalls iPhone for long unused apps. This will free up your disk space. However, the app data will be saved, so you can continue to reinstall the app where you stopped using the app.
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The individual app pages speak more after the redesign. / © CoolAndroidTips

See notifications arg to Android

In Android came with the Lollipop update notifications on the blocking screen. iOS has to keep up with Android, since at the latest since the nougat update the notifications on Android devices are controllable. Although iOS 11 is still sorting notifications only chronologically and not for apps, only the recently received and probably urgent notifications are listed on the screen.
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The notification history (right) remains unclear. / © CoolAndroidTips
The rest you have to wipe from the bottom. In iOS 10, the long list was displayed completely. Thus, a feature quickly became a mess. The configuration of the notifications takes place in a separate, large area in the settings. In iOS 11, you decide whether to keep an app's applets in the long history, or only in the recent arrivals, or to stay completely excluded from that overview.

The control center appears to open

The control center is finally blown up with iOS 11 and you can choose its entries. The previously monolithic, rigid design is loosened by individual force-touch-capable tiles. In the settings, you can choose which buttons are visible. The suspicion is close to the fact that Apple allows one day developers to offer a tile for the control center. This would start small applications even in the locked state of the iPhone; which would be convenient for fast smart home applications or third-party wizards.
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The control center is now under your control. / © CoolAndroidTips

A file explorer ... exists

Apple also opens the system for file management and wants to connect with the files app external file systems. So it is not a matter of searching the local file system of the iPhone. Rather, it is that your documents from the iPhone pushes into the cloud or vice versa. Labels and a global search make it easy to find your documents; thanks to iCloud or other cloud storage providers across all your devices. Google Drive can now be integrated.
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The file explorer has yet to be helpful. / © CoolAndroidTips

Efficient compressed photos

Photos and videos are compressed in new formats. Instead of JPEG, HEIF is used. Videos are compressed in HEVC. Both should halve the size of the files, while the quality remains the same. If you copy the files from the iPhone, they are converted to a format that the target device recognizes when you transfer them. However, you can disable both the compression method and the live conversion.

The photos so saved are unfortunately no longer compatible with Android devices. If you send it but with a messenger, it will convert the images to quality degradation. So you can make sure that you can see the photos opposite.
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New formats and new live photo effects in iOS 11. / © CoolAndroidTips

What about ARKit and Animojis?

App developers still work diligently with the brand new Augmented Reality Framework ARKit, which was presented shortly before Google's counterpart ARCore. This will show some applications previously reserved only for the academically interesting Project Tango. Especially with the edgeless iPhone X expect new, immersive smartphone applications.

Thanks to its FaceID sensor technology, this device will also offer the Animojis exclusively. Those emojis imitate your facial expressions almost in real time. The recording is then given to you by your counterpart in iMessage; the videos will also play on older Apple devices. In this way, the iPhone X advertises for itself.

First Conclusion

In the first quick test of iOS 11 it is apparent that Apple is still optimizing the usability, while avoiding the view of the shoulder of the competition. The notification system, however, is still under the influence of Android nougat, even after the clear improvement compared to iOS 10. The control center lags behind the fast-setting tiles of nougat, since they are already long-moving and open to third-party suppliers. But for the design implementation I have to give the point to Apple.

I like the change to HEIF and HEVC well. Apple's market power could make sure that Android and Windows take the format quickly. If the format covers a wide area, the consumption of mobile data could either drop or remain the same with increasing image quality.

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