iOS 11 was unveiled at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference earlier this month. With the next version of iOS out in the hands of developers, I was able to get my hands on it early before it is released to the public. These are my impressions. The device I am using, is a 64GB iPhone SE which features Apple’s A9 cpu, and 2 GB of ram, which is only 1 generation behind the A10 Fusion Quad Core cpu in the iPhone 7.

  1. The new lock screen.
    The lock screen in iOS 11 changes things up from the slightly confusing iOS 10 and brings back "Swipe to unlock."

    The lock screen in iOS 11 changes things up from the slightly confusing iOS 10 and brings back “Swipe to unlock.”

Slide to unlock returns in a rather unusual way. This seemingly is made to be universally useful across all screen sizes. In the past, slide to unlock across the screen became less and less practical as phones got taller and wider. Now, instead of sliding across your phone’s screen, you swipe up from the bottom edge, and it immediately takes you to the home screen.

  1. Notifications

Your notification screen is now your lock screen. You can up on your lock screen to access older notifications. Again this seems to be a consideration made for taller devices. Instead of pulling down from the top of a rather tall device(think iPhone 7 plus), you now swipe up in the middle of your lock screen with much more ease.

  1. Control Center