With the launch of the new iPhone comes the launch of a new version of iOS. The iPhone 8 is the latest iPhone to be released by Apple and it comes preloaded with iOS version 11. The new OS introduces major design changes and new app features that we’ll be taking a look at in this video.
So when you boot up the iPhone 8 for the first time, you’ll notice some subtle user interface changes throughout the operating system. The lock screen has been merged with notification center so when you unlock your iPhone and pull down the notification shade, you’ll actually see that it doubles as the lock screen. It kind of sends you back to the traditional lock screen.
Text is bolder in certain scenarios like the Messaging app and Contacts. You’ll see Apple uses big, bold text headers from many of its apps. Many apps themselves have a whole new look to them-- the Calculator and Phone apps have a new sheen to them but are fundamentally unchanged.
Control Center may have received the biggest new design overhaul. If you swipe up from the bottom of the display, you’ll see icons and widgets that you can interact with and slide around. In the Settings, you can customize the appearance of Control Center and add a bunch of different controls like a screen recorder, Apple TV remote, and stopwatch just to name a few.
Siri has been updated to have more of a natural voice. She can also do more things like translate English into different languages like Spanish and Chinese.
There is a new Files app for managing the files you have stored on your iPhone. The Files app lists all of your files stored locally in the Cloud-- the iCloud drive, in apps and in third party Cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive. It’s pretty neat. You can rename, delete, and rearrange these files directly from the Files app itself. Notes has also been upgraded to include searchable, handwriting, and document scanning, which works extremely well.
But the app that may have received the biggest design overhaul is the App Store. There are now two distinct sections for apps and games. There’s also a new Today view that features new content on a daily basis to supposedly make it easier to discover new apps and games.
But as a whole, we’ll see apps have been refined with darker lines and bolder fonts. Some apps like the Phone and Calculator have new designs with darker fonts and round buttons without borders. While others (like Reminders and Calendar) remain unchanged. There are also some smaller design tweaks throughout most of Apple’s stock applications.
Overall, while there are some design inconsistencies throughout the OS, especially at the micro level; the overall design looks pretty neat in my opinion and it flows very well. I will say that there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done to polish this operating system as I have experienced several bugs ranging from an unresponsive display to flickering dots next to my updated apps and connectivity issues. iOS 11.0.1 has made this OS a little bit more stable so I recommend downloading that update if you haven’t already. But once again, more work needs to be done. If you’re feeling brave and you want to update your older iOS device, keep in mind you might experience some some bugs.