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Hearts & Minds

by M.G. Siegler


iOS 11 Tidbits

Great round-up of the best of iOS 11 (so far) by Juli Clover. A few I'm particularly excited about:

Customizable Control Center - Apple showed off the new single-page revamped Control Center on stage during the keynote, but what wasn't mentioned is that the Control Center is customizable. Users can select what's displayed in Control Center using the Settings app, and there are a huge range of options including Low Power Mode, Notes, Text Size, Wallet, Screen Recording, and more. There's even a new option to add Apple TV Remote controls to Control Center. Layout can't be changed, though.

The customization is great news. There are so many things I used on a daily basis that are buried in Settings. No longer. Though this will make me long for third-party widgets here as well -- maybe iOS 12...

AirPods settings - AirPods can now be customized with separate double tap gestures for the left and right AirPod. One can be set to access Siri, for example, while another can be set to play the next track. In iOS 10, double tap settings are applied to both AirPods.

As much as I love the AirPods, I basically never use the double-tap element. This will make it quite a bit more useful.

GIFs In the Photos app, GIFs saved in the Camera roll now animate when opened. In the main album view, they are still, but will work properly when tapped.


Check out 9to5 Mac's video walk-through of many features as well.


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