The 16 most useful new features coming to your iPhone and iPad this spring

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Apple’s next major software update for the iPhone and iPad is iOS 11, which was unveiled on Monday during the company’s annual conference for app developers.

There are plenty of important changes coming in iOS 11, like the ability to use apps in augmented reality. But the most notable new features, like the ability to send money between friends with iMessage, will make your iPhone and iPad more useful. 

We’ve rounded up the best new features in iOS 11 you can look forward to when Apple makes the update available for everyone this spring: 

You can send money directly to your friends in the Messages app with Apple Pay. It's basically Venmo for only iPhone owners.

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You can customise which settings appear in Control Center, the menu that appears when you swipe up from the bottom of your screen. That means you can finally add a shortcut to turn on Low Power Mode!


And yes, that means your Control Center can look like this.

The Settings app shows more detailed information about how you can save storage.


You can also auto-delete unused apps to free up storage.


A one-handed keyboard will make typing on the go easier. To enable it, tap and hold on the emoji key, select one-handed typing, and the entire keyboard will move closer to your thumb.


You can talk to Siri by typing, not just speaking.

Maps also shows indoor directions so you'll never get lost looking for the bathroom again.


iOS 11 has a built-in screen recorder. Here's how it works:

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The iPhone's camera can scan QR codes like Snapchat and WeChat:

iOS 11's Native QR scanning in the camera app is gonna huge. Here's how it works:
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A new 'Do Not Disturb While Driving' feature will mute notifications and respond to text messages for you while you're behind the wheel.


The Notes app has a built-in scanner for turning photos into editable (and searchable) PDF documents.


You can share Apple Music playlists for friends to follow, and vice versa.


A new Files app shows all of the files you have stored in the cloud or locally on your iPhone and iPad. It works with iCloud Drive, Dropbox, and other storage providers. Think of it like the Finder app on Macs, but for iOS devices.


You can drag and drop files between apps on the iPad.


iOS 11 will be available as a free update for everyone sometime this spring.


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