i OS 11 marks yet another year of refinement for Apple.
It delivers some useful upgrades for i Pads -- especially if you want to use one as a laptop replacement -- but you’ll barely notice the update on i Phones.
And the changes that we do get aren't exactly improvements.
When you swipe up from the bottom of an i Phone running the new OS, you'll find a dramatically revamped Control Center.
Instead of having clear backgrounds, the pin number pad has shaded buttons.
And good news for storage hounds: Apple is moving toward more efficient file formats (HEIF and HEVC) on the i Phone 7 and later to reduce the size of your gallery.
Don't be surprised, though, if the Control Center starts to fill up the majority of your screen as you add more icons.
While it won't be useful for everyone, I appreciated being able to quickly record my i Phone's screen from the control center.
You can expect to do a lot more with photos in i OS 11.
Apple revamped Portrait mode in the camera to support flash and image stabilization, both of which should make it much more useful in dimly lit areas.