Jones spotted the feature we all wanted in iOS 11, and it was good.
Understandably, not everyone has seen Jones’ tweet or those of others who also found the unannounced feature, and many dismissed Apple for seemingly not addressing it. But Jones and I are here to tell you that yes, it is coming.
And on top of the ability to add a low-power-mode toggle to the iOS Control Center, we will finally be able to customize the features in Control Center, like turning off the cellular connection or adding a shortcut to the Notes app. No longer will we be limited to the shortcuts to which Apple thinks we should have access.
For several years, Android users have had this level of control. They can swipe down on their phones to reveal a customizable shortcuts menu, which allows them to quickly and easily access features they use regularly. Now iPhone users are finally getting some level of control, too.
(The Android shortcuts menu on a Galaxy S8.Business Insider)
As small as these Control Center features may seem compared with the bigger announcements at WWDC, it’s a major shift from Apple’s usual controlling ways, and it’s a sign that Apple may finally be giving more power to its users to customize their iPhones and iPads in the way they want them to work.
It’ll be unclear what other shortcuts we could add to the Control Center in iOS 11 until its final version is rolled out in the fall. Another I hope to see is an option to turn the mobile hotspot on or off.