iOS 11 Update - Top Features

TL;DR: To get the update now, go to Settings > General > Software Update

iOS 11 was released this week and with it comes hundreds of new features for iPhone and iPad including an all new App Store, “Do Not Disturb While Driving” features, improvements to Camera and Photos. Plus loads more.

If you’ve not yet downloaded the update, here’s some of our top new features as chosen by O2 Guru Chris:

New App Store

  • The newly designed App Store makes it easier than ever to find new games & apps


  • Siri is now more natural and expressive
  • Translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish (beta)
  • Siri works with notes apps to create to-do lists, notes and reminders


  • Portrait mode now supports optical image stabilization, HDR and True Tone flash
  • Photos and videos will take up half the space with the new HEIF and HEVC image and video formats


  • Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure Live Photo effects
  • Mute, trim, or choose a new key photo for Live Photos
  • Animated GIF support


  • Indoor maps for major airports and shopping centers
  • Lane guidance and speed limit information with Turn-by-turn directions

Do Not Disturb while Driving

  • Automatically silences notifications while driving and keeps iPhone silent and display off
  • Optional iMessage auto reply to alert selected contacts that you’re driving
  • With an ever increasing focus on driver and passenger safety while driving, this is a feature we suspect will be of benefit to many, if not all, drivers.

iOS 11 for iPad

iOS 11 is also the biggest release for iPad ever and adds powerful new multitasking features, a new Files app and more ways to use Apple Pencil. See below for some of our top picks:

New Dock

  • An all new Dock provides quick access to your favorite and recently used apps and can even be shown on top of active apps

Enhanced Slide Over and Split View

  • Apps can be easily started in Slide Over and Split View from the Dock

Drag and drop

  • Move text, images, and files between apps on iPad


  • Markup works across documents, PDFs, webpages, photos and more
  • Instant markup anything in iOS – just place Apple Pencil on what you want to mark


  • Instantly create a new note by tapping on Lock Screen with Apple Pencil
  • Document scanner autocorrects for skewing and uses image filters to remove shadows
  • Pin important notes to the top of the list


  • All-new Files app to browse, search and organize files
  • Works with iCloud Drive and 3rd party cloud file providers


Get iOS 11 now

If you’ve read O2 Guru Chris’s top picks above and you’re wondering just why you haven’t yet updated to iOS 11, it’s super easy to get it. Just follow these instructions below:

  1. Open the ‘Settings’ app
  2. Go to ‘General’
  3. Tap on ‘Software Update’
  4. Initiate the download / installation
    NOTE: We’d recommend doing this either with a full battery or while charging via the mains

Installed the update and found a favourite new feature not mentioned above? Let us know about it on the O2 Community.