iOS 11 vs iOS 10 first look: A visual comparison of all the new features

So, iOS 11 is finally official. Showcased on stage at WWDC 2017, it's another evolutionary chapter that fine-tweaks the user experience and aims to make it a more customizable and pleasurable ordeal.

Has it succeeded? We think so. If anything, most of the new iOS features have been requested for a long time and will likely find a warm welcome with all the iFans out there.

We can babble about the new features all day and all night long, but a picture is worth a thousand words, so here goes a visual comparison between the old and the new. 

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1. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

New font for title pages, new control center despite it looking a little messy than before I give Apple credit they change more than I was expecting,lol. IPhone has minimal upgrades as you'll expect. IPad seem to have the most features they seem to got a lot of Samsung note features. Like drawing on the notes, file manager, drawing and editing screenshots and pics etc.

24. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! iOS 11, eh? What a bloody mess... And yet Sheeple (as in plural...!) say that Android updates are nothing but a marketing ploy and a gimmick...? If this so called "iOS11" update is not a marketing ploy to hype the upcoming iPhone 8 Series then I don't know what is...! This is nothing but 'uglification' and an increase in complexness of a once beautiful and simplistic OS... The loss of the legendary Steve Jobs was a big hit to Apple, and now its showing its signs... This is 'clearly' evident from this so called 'major' OS update... Just look how much features Android N puts on the table compared to Android M and how much Google is trying to further optimize the Android experience with the upcoming Android O... I mean; Google Pixel with a supposedly 'beta' version of Android O loads up about ~5sec faster than 'stable' Android N...! This tells what an ace Google has under its sleeves...! And lets not forget about the 'REAL' features of 'O' like quick glance at notifications, support for custom themes, pressure sensitive touch capabilities and of course, Android Go targeted towards low-end products...! Optimization, Refinement and reachability to the '#NextBillion'... Meanwhile, Apple has bolded the word 'Settings' in the settings menu and 'uglified' (Alice in Wonderland, anyone?) the quick shortcuts which now seems to be inspired by Windows 10 Mobile tiles...? And PhoneArena says that it can spend day and night to 'preach' us all the new features...? Eh? Ha! Don't ruin your little left-over credibility, my dear PA Staff... G'Day!

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The calculator is uglier than their icons, I didn't think that was possible Also still can't change the resolution or frame rate without leaving the camera app, what a joke Their hardware and developer announcements were great, but iOS needs so much work

45. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

The title clearly says that they are comparing the visual changes. This article does not contain the other changes like the new Files app, the Multitasking changes and the new Dock on iPad. Not to mention the performance improvements.. But I do agree with you for some extent. The OS has become more complex over the years. I mean why would they keep the Camera settings on Settings app, not in the camera app itself! They don't like to do major changes. That's what I feel. All the changes, customizations, they keep sticking them into the settings menu.

50. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2512; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I don't know who has really said that Android's updates are "gimmicks". Perhaps a few people believe that way. But, if we were to be serious about the pros and cons of the different OSes, the two major areas where Android is still falling behind is update support and fragmentation. As of right now, only 13% of Android users have Android N. And that's with Android O's release already happening as we speak. Compare that number with 89% of Apple users that currently are running iOS 10. That's a huge difference and one that as a consumer you should be upset that after almost 10 years of Android, there still hasn't been a real push by OEMs to deal with the fragmentation problem. The second fallback with Android is the 2 years of update support offered by top manufacturers, including Google. Apple offers about 4-5 years with their devices. Now, it can be argued that with each update, Apple makes older devices pretty much defunct. Whether you agree with that or not, at least they give consumers the choice of keeping their devices updated for longer. However, there are definitely pros that Android should be applauded for: the features brought in Android N and Android O in the realm of copy and paste, multitasking, etc. should be ones that Apple should try to steal in some way if they want to improve their operating system. It's just unfortunate that if you're an Android user you either have to have enough know-how to mod the software of your own device or have to basically pay for the latest and greatest tech in order to get the updates. Otherwise, for the majority of Android consumers, they have to wait months for the update to reach them. By that point, they'll want to trade in their hardware for something new anyways.

53. JoshuaDK1984

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 01, 2017

I agree - update and fragmentation are huge problems in a world where more and more data is going through your phone. Not sure about other countries, but in Denmark where I live most Danes uses their phones for almost everything. Payment, Mails, Bank services like net banking, E-Boks (A secure mail service where almost every Dane gets his letters from the State electronically). The phone has so much data about us that it becomes a safety issue when phones are not updated with the newest security updates.

55. Johnny979

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Dr. Phill with full respect to your opinions giving to the end users the updates in different times is not that major deals that will put Samsung behind the walls, the Android O is only a beta version with 13% on the Google mobile users doesn't mean that google is giving to some users and in months the rest will be able to download, IT IS BETA, you know what beta means of course. when you say that will take months for users to be able to download the upgrade this is a wrong statement, (JUST FEW DAYS BUDDY) giving many upgrade by the top manufacturer is giving the Android users new spirits and changes to the phone (EVERY 1 YEAR), while the apple users always suffering with their new updates that will be faced with hurricanes of bad comments (NOT ME, APPLE USERS), and android users never pays to get the greatest tech and the waiting period is just few days depending on the translation of the software for the specific country or language. where it is not a reason to trade the hardware with new one.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31760; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Any update is welcome, but this has got to be Apple's weakest in a while. I think iOS 9 was better than this, and iOS 10...especially for the iPad. I'm just not impressed, or in a hurry for the official release. I'm let down, as I got nothing iPhone wise, I'd hoped for. No split view, picture in picture or slide over. No themes either. If Apple makes those things iPhone 8 exclusives (like they did with Siri upon its release), then dick move Apple...I'll pass.

9. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

I'm kinda confused. I get the exact opposite reaction. As an IPad Pro 12.9 user, iOS 11 is exactly what I needs. It has easy access to the apps I want, Awesome Multitasking, and.. A FILE SYSTEM. YAY. The control system is so much better now, I really like it. But then again, You're right to say that there wasn't much iPhone support. But I really only care about the iPad. But thats just me.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31760; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iOS 9 brought multi. This isn't a great update to me. I'm let down. Too many things copied from android/Samsung. Apple is resting again. It's a good update, but I was hoping for lots more.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Sheeple will never find anything wrong.

48. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Haters will see everything wrong.

3. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Er.... so basiclly just a minor UI update? Seem like moving forward to more flat design than translucent. Customization in control central is a big welcome, but the design together with the calculator round design was kinda ugly :/

4. Khyron

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Sane sh***

5. Khyron

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Same cra*ple

6. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I pretty much hate the new control center already. I hope Apple at least gives us the option to keep the old one which isn't actually that old because it was improved not long ago. Don't like the calculator either.

39. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The comment system is buns!

40. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Retro can look really good at times and the iOS 11 calculator isn't one of them.

25. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

What's the matter, Archie...? Don't like the 'round' Windows Phone tiles...? Ha! G'Day!

38. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

@GreenMan. Nah, my name isn't Archie lol and I really don't like them. Smh I just had to @ you because the comment system is trash, look where this reply went (facepalm).

29. LumiaLover

Posts: 237; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

I agree with's fugly!!

7. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Seriously Apple, I get that you don't want to appear as if you're blatantly copying Android, but at least try...All these designs took what? 10 mins to draw up, 10 mins for approval by Tim/Ive and a day of programming? What are you even paying your designers and engineers for if they're just gonna keep using the old designs and software and upgrade them incrementally?

12. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I'm confused, what did apple copy?

15. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Nothing too obvious, which is my point. Apple is better off copying Android so at least iOS users get more new features and Google is forced to step up their game once again. Right now, Apple is so far behind, Google can sit back on nougat for the next 3-4 years and wait for Apple to catch back up.

11. Joosty

Posts: 492; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

This is pretty extreme in Apple standards. Just look at that damn Control Center. Reminiscent of Windows tiles.

13. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Thank god Android exists ....

14. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Incrementing a number just for few ui change is dump seriously .... this version should be called ios 10.4

16. ramnkc

Posts: 4; Member since: May 14, 2012

kinda look like android material design to me now

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Lets just change some dont and font sizes. They wont care. Tbey will still buy it on whatever phone we make. Apple slapping more lipstick, on the pig tbag already has lipsgick. This is what happens when you make a UI so girly. Poor iFans. Vlad i wont e upgrading because i am.using lots of old apps. All this money. Apple makes all the prpcit, can revolutionize its own products. Lame!

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