IOS 11 deals a blow to Uber's creepy location tracking habit

Angelica Greene
September 22, 2017

iOS 11 is now available for download, which means you can upgrade one of your many iOS devices to get features such as a smarter Siri, a new app dock on the iPad, and improved multitasking support.

But in iOS 11, this functionality changes. Apple has Flashlight, Timer, Calculator, Camera and others, by default.

Given the security vulnerabilities are not critical, you may be better off just waiting for the more polished 11.1 version to land (and the inevitable 11.1.2 update that'll fix bugs in the bug fixes).

So here are the more hidden, secret updates that Apple has added this time around, from the big to the small.

Now, when you toggle Bluetooth and Wi-Fi off from the iPhone's Control Center - the somewhat confusing menu that appears when you swipe up from the bottom of the phone.

A new and less understandable interface wasn't expected from Apple, that strived to deliver simplicity and comfort to their users. Customize Control Center from the Settings app. So no annoying notifications while driving. The company also got caught using a tool called "God View" to track a Buzzfeed reporter without her permission. If you choose to move it, typing with one thumb is much, much easier. You'll find the option in the keyboard selector key - the emoji key. Files will see more usefulness on an iPad than iPhone though. It's especially useful on the Plus-sized phones. For this, you'll have to hold down the Home button when connecting to your computer. You can then edit and doodle on the screen. It still needs an internet connection, so roaming charges may apply.

If someone tries to connect to your internet and is near to you, you'll be given a prompt asking to give them a password.

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So there you have some changes that you should be aware of including one initial glitch that they're working out. Well not really. It's merely been merged with the lock screen so it's not really a separate thing.

After taking a screenshot, you'll now see a thumbnail in a corner.

It's interesting to note that iOS 11 has a built-in screen recording feature.

Not everyone loves Live Photos.

This handy little addition will help you to guarantee that your photo is exactly level. If you've already tried the beta, then you've probably discovered all the secrets of iOS 11. But they're also among the least fun.

Still, it can be good to know you're SOL before you update rather than after. It's added a range of new settings aimed at helping you do that. Previously, app developers could disable that option. Although I rarely use her, when you do, you will notice and appreciate the difference. You can use QR codes to setup HomeKit devices, open websites, and setup routers, among other things. But it also changes certain functionality in a way that's not necessarily user-friendly.

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