The best way to discover iOS 11’s new features is to just use it. Then you discover new things relevant to the tasks you typically perform. And sometimes a seemingly small difference opens up a rabbit hole of new delights.
For example, I just took a screenshot and noticed a tiny thumbnail of it appeared on the lower left of my iPhone screen. Turns out it’s one feature-packed thumbnail!
You can tap on it, and a preview of the screenshot flies open, ready to crop or edit. A raft of drawing and editing tools peek up from the bottom. The sharing icon (at top right on iPad or bottom left on iPhone) holds all the usual options (Share via Airdrop, email, text, etc.).
After you choose a sharing option, you’re returned to the same preview/edit view to keep working on it. Now, you can hit “Done” and get another “where were you all these years” option: Save to Photos or Delete Screenshot. That’s right, no more cluttering up of your camera roll with one-off screenshots you didn’t intend to keep forever!
Another nice touch appears if you take a series of screenshots, or even – yes – take a new one while you’re editing a screenshot. The new one slips off to the right, nearly offscreen – and you can now slide across in a very standard-interface manner to reach it. It’s just like sharing multiple photos.
Finally, if you don’t like the edits you’ve made there’s a matching pair of “undo” and “redo” icons discreetly off to the side.
Considering that screenshots used to simply be dumped into Photos, necessitating a dive into that app to do what you really wanted with them, these robust new features feel like a long overdue, fully-matured approach. And as someone who takes more than my share of these, I know I’m going to make good use of it.