In iOS 11, the Control Center has seen its third major overhaul in three years, and this time, it’s received a drastic redesign with a single page spread and bubble-style icons.
Control Center functionality has also changed significantly, with new 3D Touch options and customizability that allows users to choose to add settings for the features they use most in iOS. Both the redesign and the new 3D Touch options are outlined below in our hands-on video.
Control Center has a love it or hate it look and the customization options may not go as far as some users would have liked, but there are several neat features hidden within that are an improvement over previous Control Center layouts.
For the first time, there’s access to a one-tap Low Power Mode setting, and an Apple TV setting brings up a full Apple TV remote that doesn’t require an app. There’s also a new one-tap screen recording feature that takes a video of whatever you’re doing on the iPhone or iPad, and there are an expanded range of settings that cover everything from Accessibility options to HomeKit, Notes, and Text Size. Users can choose just a few settings, or add every single one.
Networking settings, music controls, and options for brightness, volume, AirPlay, rotation lock, and Do Not Disturb are static and can’t be hidden or rearranged, but the bottom rows of icons are customizable and can be edited in the Settings app.
Every Control Center setting that’s not a simple on/off toggle has 3D Touch functionality. Some, like music, offer expanded options, while others, like brightness and volume, provide access to a larger icon for changing the setting. Still others, like the Apple TV option, offer up a full interface only accessible through 3D Touch (or a long press on devices without it).
On the iPad, Control Center has been baked into the App Switcher. Swiping up on the screen on the iPad now opens App Switcher instead of a full Control Center, with Control Center settings located at the right of the display.
Control Center is likely to see some design refinements over the course of the beta testing period. Right now, the iOS 11 beta is limited to developers, but Apple plans to release a public beta in late June.
We’re going to have a full selection of videos covering all of the new features in iOS 11, so make sure to stay tuned to this blog.
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