iOS 11 makes screenshots great again


iOS 11, the upcoming mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads, introduces a new and much more powerful way to take screenshots and for the first time you can also annotate them.

The way to take a screenshot in iOS 11 remains the same in terms of actual controls: you press and hold for a second both the home key on the front and the power key on the left side. What happens next, however, is quite different: you get a small thumbnail in the bottom left of your screen. You can press on it to get to the screenshot, or keep on snapping screenshots.

Once you click on that little thumbnail, you get to a special screenshot editor.

This is where the magic happens: if you are happy with your screenshot, you can just click done in the upper left corner, save it to your photos (or delete), and be done with it.

But you can also do so much more with a screenshot: you can crop easily, you can annotate using a marker, pen and/or a pencil (you have a choice between one of six colors). Then, you can also add bubbles, arrows, as well as a signature easily. A neat magnifier tool allows you to accentuate a particular element. All of this truly puts screenshots on iOS on steroids. The interface is powerful, fast and intuitive, a new benchmark for something as simple as taking a screenshot on your iPhone.

You can see all the new screenshot functionalities in iOS 11 right below.

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44 Comments

1. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

My galaxy S8+ does this already, no love for Samsung PA?

10. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's a screenshot. This is a reminder that shows how restricted and locked down iOS really is. So your S8 and Android in general has been doing screen shots since it's inception.

19. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

You've been able to take screenshots on iPhones for forever too. They've just added editing to them.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31313; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@jimrod post 19. IOS 11 Screen shots, are a direct ripoff of Samsung. Even drops to the bottom of the screen like theirs. C'mon dude.

41. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"They've just added editing to them." And it is this addition which islate to the party, and doesn't really make screenshots any greater than what was aready being done by other OEMs.

14. maherk

Posts: 6963; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

https://youtu.be/SLgvWfZrFrQ This video highlights some of the features Apple copied from Samsung and Android, they're‚Äč identical to what we have been using on our phones for years now, and the video starts with the screenshot feature.

15. AxelFoley unregistered

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Android OEMs are the ones who are supposed to be "late" with updates, right?

18. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

You're sarcasm is invalid. They are late with updates, what's the percentage of Android 7 phones again? But this article has nothing to do with that. Its about a feature being added to iOS, yea sure it's been on Oem skins before, congratulations. Do people really think that anyone who's into phones and comes to this website doesn't know by now that Android usually gets features first? Seems to me like every time iOS gets a feature, fandroids get wet in the pants trying to instantly prove that Android got it first. Also yea benchmarks don't matter anymore now that Apple wipes the floor with everyone.

26. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

That's because iOS users claim a feature is the best thing ever if Apple implements it first and a useless gimmick otherwise. Benchmarks have never really mattered, they are only indicative of overall performance.

29. AxelFoley unregistered

According to you, what is really important about an update is what number is after the version of the operating system, not what the operating system actually does. Maybe, just maybe, limiting the capabilities of the OS makes updating it easier. In fact, limiting the capabalities of the operating system may even help it wipe the floor with other OSs in benchmarks. My scientific calculator also gets great benchmarks. You're just now able to edit a screenshot. But hey, your OS had a 10 in its name and gets great benchmarks. Benchmarks tend to matter less when the OS is crashing a lot more and its "optomized" apps are crashing 3 time more. Seems to me that evertime Android got a feature, Apple fans were the ones who whipped out their "copying" claims (refer to Apple lawsuits or BGR). Now, Android wipes the floor with ios in features and features don't matter.....unless Apple gets the in-screen fingerprint scanner first, then being first will matter again (refer to Ray S. or Bankz). Do you really think people who come to this site don't already know that ios has a higher adoption rate? And apparently, those adoption rates are really useful, unless you wanted to edit a screen shot.

32. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Response to #18 Well, When Android phones get a new feature and no one bats an eye, but when a new feature is added to iOS everybody loses their minds. This can be also applied to this site. Shame.

33. AxelFoley unregistered

"Seems to me like every time iOS gets a feature, fandroids get wet in the pants trying to instantly prove that Android got it first." Oh, by the way... 8. Anderson36 (Posts: 17; Member since: 28 Apr 2017) By the time S9 comes Apple would've already adopted fingerprint in iPhone 8 display so as usual Samsung copies Apple SMH....

36. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 593; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

*Reply to Post 14* Yeah Apple can get updates for longer and more quicker than Android OEMS but at the end of the day its IOS that has to catch up to Android. Android Nougat, Marshmallow heck even Lollipop can do this and these are updates from 1 or 2 years ago. My Note 4 from 2014 can do this for the last 3 years so sorry but Samsung and others have already made taking screenshots great Iphonearena.

2. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Apple is catching up. Which is good.

3. kevv2288

Posts: 300; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Innovation

4. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

Ayyy. My s7 does this! Good to see the rest of the y'all catch up

5. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Why doesn't Google allow is (quick editing before sending). Annoying as heck, like someone else said, Samsung has there own method for this. Just make it a click away, just as an option.

6. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

It was introduced in Note4.iPhone Arena.

24. aegislash

Posts: 1517; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

They don't care. Apple doing it = the best innovation. It's time to just accept the fact that this website's authors are biased as all hell.

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

LG Capture+

8. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Thanks Apple, the others will follow (with lags and auto-restart).

12. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Yeah, the others have been copying this feature since 2015.

23. aegislash

Posts: 1517; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

'the others will follow' with tech that's been available on Android for years now? It's time to get your head out of Apple's ass, honestly...your sheepiness just isn't cute anymore.

9. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

gj Apple,welcome in 2015/16 where Xiaomi or samsung could do the same. But hey, its not Apple so PA wont bless it

11. ahmadkun

Posts: 615; Member since: May 02, 2016

You need interface costumzition also to say Welcome to the party

16. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

"Ladies and gentlemen, our greatest technological breakthrough... U can now take a screenshot!" Assistant: "Psss. Sir.. Android has had this for a while." "Doh!!"

17. Chanmaxi

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 19, 2017

for real? my 3 year old Note can do this.

20. nikhil23

Posts: 470; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

this is a direct copy of Samsung's implementation down to the icons and preview. More like Apple : Hey Sammy can I copy your homework? Samsung: Sure but change it a bit Apple: Alright S phone has screenshot preview to right. Lets move the preview to left

21. jack11141

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

Well done iphonearena. And what a breakthrough is this in mobile technology. State of art screenshot technology for iphone users.

22. amstarred

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

iPhonearena, be like "This is a cutting edge screenshot ever on a mobile phone"

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