Results: do you like the new Control Center in iOS 11?

The Control Center of iOS is a little overlay, which an iPhone user will probably open about a dozen times per day, as it contains nifty buttons for the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, quick shortcuts to Calculator and Flashlight, and sliders for display brightness and sound volume. It has been around for about 4 years, first introduced with iOS 7, and hasn't changed much over time. The exception here is last year's iOS 10, which made Control Center into a 2-page deal, separating system controls and shortcuts from the media player toggles.

In iOS 11, the overlay is getting a full — and we'd say much-needed — makeover. It is no longer this single transparent slate, which holds buttons that can't be changed. It is now more like a mosaic, which the user can customize and rearrange. Yeah, we were surprised, too.

While it is extremely functional, we can see how it can look like an off-putting garbled mess. In our opinion, it's one of the most practical new features in iOS 11 and we do believe that the visuals will be easy to learn to live with. So, we asked you what you think about it. Here's how the votes tallied up:

Do you like the new Control Center?

Yes, it's awesome!
36.91%
I... guess I can live with it
23.85%
No, it looks horrible!
39.24%

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29 Comments

1. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Of course isheeps would like it their just glad to get something new and different. Truth is even if that was the only thing Apple changed they would be happy, because they only like what Apple does. Apple makes a lot of changes they like them all. Apple makes no changes they say they don't need anything fancy anyway.

4. peace247 unregistered

Calm your horses dude....breath in and out..slowly... Feeling good now?

5. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

So... does trolling Apple articles make you happy?

16. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It doesn't look bad though. I mean whether your like Apple or not it has a certain charm to it.

19. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Charm? uh no

18. bucknassty

Posts: 1318; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

He's right though... it is a tad annoying though when someone using only an iphone start bragging about something i told them about 3 or 4 years ago.

22. yyzamin

Posts: 380; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

What would frustrate me more is if Apple released features that were half baked. Atleast when Apple replicates certain features they function as they should from day 1 (unlike much of the competition)

24. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

Apple = 2 features that you may or may not need that work well. Apple decides these features for you. Competition = 10 features, 5 of which work well, 3 work OK, and 2 don't work well at all (but eventually get improved or dropped). You get to decide which features you want to use and even to customize your control panel. I think iOS' new control panel looks great, but I will take the competition's flexibility to control what I want to control and the higher level of detail any day.

2. peace247 unregistered

Its not very attractive but its functional and thats a good thing.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Windows has been that way for years. Hasn't stopped if as from hating Windows. Their claim to fame is, OSX is polished an clean, even if stuff is backwards vs Windows having true function, though not as polished. The Control Center looks like they shoved 2 different UI's into a single space. Its Apple normal boring UI, mixed with Windows Metro. The 4 icons in the box, looks like an over-sized Apple app icon after it becomes a folder only bigger. They are trying their best to be so unlike Android, that it makes iOS look crowded and uncoordinated. This is what happens when you design a UI, without thinking about what may be added in the future. Its as Bobby84 says: "Truth is even if that was the only thing Apple changed they would be happy, because they only like what Apple does. Apple makes a lot of changes they like them all. Apple makes no changes they say they don't need anything fancy anyway. "

13. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

When you read Techie comments what will be your conclusion? A lot of apples in his ass.

3. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

The idea is perfect but the design it awful

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree 100%. Good idea, poorly executed!

10. nrhsantos

Posts: 5; Member since: May 26, 2016

100% x 2

7. baldilocks

Posts: 1489; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The iOS transparencies really date the software. The flat look of Stock Android just gets it right.

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Can we just have a little differentiation on mobile market?

9. nrhsantos

Posts: 5; Member since: May 26, 2016

Eu era fanboy da Apple. Mas tenho de confessar que a Apple hoje é uma empresa chata que se instalou confortavelmente no facto dos seus clientes não quererem/poderem mudar - por causa dos €€ gastos em Apps e pela integração do sistema. A minha opinião é esta: Bom hardware e bom software? Sim Muitas evoluções? Não Empresa chata? Sim

12. Heisenberg

Posts: 367; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

It's awful, boring, unorganised and uncoordinated

14. obedchuni

Posts: 328; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Oh there u are son of a samsung, techie xp always commenting bad on apple article, go to ur mama google and install latest version of Android O

15. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

its like toggles, but all on one screen

17. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 650; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Let's ask Tim himself (hypothetically of course!): "Good'ay mate! Now, Mr. Cook - if you would be a gent and answer us a wee question - tell us - how would your back side look after Ron Jeremy climbed up out of it?" My guess is... He'd probably show us something like this: http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/articles/290805-thumb/iOS-11.jpg

20. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Again, it's something you see for a few seconds only when you call for it. How it looks isn't as important as it's functionality added. It's a move in the right direction, and they can always polish it up later. I didn't vote, because I don't use iPhones, but if I did, I'd vote yes. More, easier functionality is always good.

21. whatev

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

This poll should have been blocked for android fans

23. tedkord

Posts: 17198; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And how are you going to accomplish that? Just take all the polls here with a grain of salt. Like all polls on tech sites, they don't represent the overall population.

25. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1527; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I bet Apple wants to know the opinion of Android fans, without it they don't know how to adapt their OS and gain new users. Almost everyone had a smart phone now, to increase sales you need to take your competitors fans, and to do that you need to know what they like.

26. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 650; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Here's what Android fans like: 1.) Open file-system; use as mass storage device when connected to PC. 2.) Themes & launchers; changing icons, overall look, and functionality. 3.) Ability to download and interpret/ access various file formats from the web. 4.) Ability to install Apps from third-party sources, not just the official store. 5.) Ability to set non-stock default Apps for various system functions. Give Android fans all of that, and I think they would loathe the iPhone experience much less.

28. whatev

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

And here's what apple users like: 1. Buttery smooth experience throughout the UI 2. Very consistent and reliable RAM management 3. Apps and games exclusives 4. Apps and games optimized for the hardware 5. Firmware updates for many years (up to 5 years) 6. No fragmentation 7. Timely updates (not waiting for 2 years to get a firmware update) There are many others but pretty much that summarizes what apple users want, give that to apple fans and they would loathe the android experience much less. And despite all that apple users are not entitled to take part on polls that are not intended for them, in contrast to android users misleading polls giving erroneous results just for trolling

29. nrhsantos

Posts: 5; Member since: May 26, 2016

For me, 5. 6. 7 is the most important. However is most the same... Is the price for the system reability

27. whatev

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Lmao, do you know this poll was made by PhoneArena and not apple? If apple wants to know what users want they'd do that on marketing strategies which are not related to PhoneArena and any of these tech sites

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