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Digital Spirit Level

Your iPhone is a Digital Spirit Level

Want to know if a shelf you are putting up is level? The Compass app is your friend. Fire it up and swipe the screen to the left to reveal a spirit level. Just pop the iPhone down on a surface you want to check -- either horizontally or vertically -- and get a reading.
Be aware that if your device is in a case, this may not be as flat as the device itself and affect the reading.
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Scientific Calculator

iPhone Scientific Calculator

To get access to a scientific calculator with a lot more functions that the basic one, fire up the Calculator app and turn the iPhone sideways!
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Messages iCloud

You can now back up iMessages

First off, to make Messages in iCloud work you need to download and install iOS 11.4 onto your iOS devices, and macOS 10.13.5 onto your Macs (as of time of publication macOS 10.13.5 has not been released, but is expected shortly).
After that, you need to activate Messages in iCloud on your iOS devices. And this is where it gets problematic because if you're not the sort of person who reads the release notes for updates, you won't know where to look for it.
To turn on Messages in iCloud, you need to:
  • Click on Settings
  • At the top of the Settings app, click on the space showing your name
  • Next click on iCloud
  • Finally, flip the toggle switch next to Messages under the Apps Using iCloud section
Do this for all your iOS devices.
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Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb while driving.

Using your iPhone while driving is extremely dangerous and distracting. iOS 11 addresses this issue with a new feature called Do Not Disturb While Driving. When enabled, this feature will automatically silence all incoming notifications whenever it detects that you’re driving.
To enable this feature, open the Settings app and tap on Do Not Disturb. Scroll down to the section labeled ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ and tap on Activate. Now select the Automatically option.
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Live Photos FaceTime

Snap Live Photos on FaceTime.

iOS 11 now allows you to capture memorable moments in FaceTime as Live Photos. During a FaceTime call, if both the devices are running on iOS 11, a capture button is displayed in the bottom left corner which allows you to take a Live Photo. The other person will be notified when you capture a live photo.
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Siri Translation

Siri a better translator.

Siri is much smarter in iOS 11 as it can now translate from English to a number of other languages such as German, Spanish, French, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese. All you have to say is something like “How do you say Hello in French”, and Siri will quickly translate it as both text and audio that you can read through and replay if required.
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Move Multiple Apps at Once

Move a number of applications together.

Organising the apps on your iPhone Home screen has always been a tedious tasks, but this is no longer the case in iOS 11.
1. Tap and hold an app until it starts wiggling.

2. Next, touch and hold on an app that you wish to move and drag it to an empty area. Do not let go of the app just yet.

3. Using another finger, tap on other apps that you'd like to move together in a group.

4. Once you're done selecting the apps to be moved, drag them to a different page on the Home screen and let go. All the selected apps will be placed there.
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One Handed Keyboard on your iPhone

Type with just one hand.

It is difficult to type with a single hand on iPhones with a large screen, so Apple has addressed this issue in iOS 11 by introducing a one-handed-keyboard-mode.
1. When viewing the stock iOS keyboard, tap and hold on the globe (or emoji) icon in the bottom left side of the keyboard.
2. This opens a menu with a list of available keyboards and also displays three icons at the bottom.
3. Tap on either the first or the third icon to enable one-handed keyboard.
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Scan Documents using Notes App

Built in Scanner on your iPhone.

1. Open the Notes app on your iOS device. 2. Create a new note or open an already existing note. You'll find a set of editing tools at the bottom of the note. If the keyboard is open, the tools will be above it. 3. Tap on the + button. From the menu that opens, tap on Scan Documents. The Camera is displayed, ready to scan documents. 4. Point at the document you wish to scan. It will automatically detect the documents and its edges, and will snap a perfect shot without requiring any input from your side.
By default, the scanner is set to Auto mode. If you wish to scan documents manually, then you have to switch to Manual mode.
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Share Your Wifi

Share you password without trying to remember it.

It can be a hassle to type or give out your long, complicated password to each and everyone who wants to connect to your Wi-Fi. iOS 11 solves this problem with an innovative new feature called ‘Share Your Wi-Fi’ which does exactly what it says.
Now, if a friend’s device running iOS 11 tries to join a Wi-Fi network that you’re connected to, your iOS device will get a simple pop-up asking if you’d like to share the network’s password. Tap “Send Password” and your friend’s device will automatically connect to the network. The only requirement is that both of you should have iOS 11 installed, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles turned on.

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Customise Control Centre

Apple now allows you to customise your control Centre.

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Control Center.
  2. Tap Customize Controls.
  3. Here you’ll view a list of all the controls that can be added to Control Center. Press the + button next to a control to add it to Control Center or press the – button to remove it. To reposition a control, tap and hold the dragger next to it and move it to the position you want.
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Screen Recording

Apple had now added the ability to record your screen.

Open Control Center and tap on the Recording button to begin recording your screen. If you don’t see the button, make sure that you’ve added it to Control Center from Settings.
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Scan QR Codes with Camera

Use the camera application to scan QR codes.

In iOS 11, you no longer need third-party apps to scan QR codes because the stock Camera app is now capable of doing it. Using it is quite simple. All you have to do is to open your iPhone’s camera and point it at the QR code you want to scan. It will immediately scan and interpret the QR code as well as allow you to take an action, e.g. open a URL in Safari.
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Flashlight Settings

Different Intensity Settings for Flashlight.

A useful feature that was added to the flashlight in iOS 10 was the three different levels of light intensity. This feature was available to 3D Touch devices only, but non-3D Touch devices can also access it in iOS 11. Furthermore, there are now four levels of light intensity available for the flashlight in iOS 11.
To adjust the light intensity, 3D Touch or
tap and hold on its icon in Control Center to expand it, then choose the light intensity that you want.
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How to send iMessage with Screen effects

Type out the iMessage that you want to send and then long press the send button. This provides more options with different visual effects. Once the visual effect of your choice has been selected, press the send button again and the receiver of your message will be shown the effect on his phone.
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