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iOS 11 Preview: Control Center Gets Customizable With 3D Touch

Apple on Monday introduced iOS 11, the next major version of its mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The software update, available this fall, includes a completely redesigned Control Center that fits on one page and is much more customizable thanks to 3D Touch.

Control Center's default appearance (left) and with additional controls (right)

When you deep press on the Music pane, for example, a larger pane with volume, playback, and other controls pops open. Likewise, when you deep press on the pane with Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Cellular Data toggles, a larger pane pops open with AirDrop and Personal Hotspot toggles.

More granular controls appear by deep pressing with 3D Touch

On iOS 11, users can add and organize additional controls and toggles to appear in Control Center through the Settings app. However, the following controls are default and cannot be hidden: the system toggles pane, music, orientation lock, brightness, volume, Do Not Disturb, and AirPlay Mirroring.

In Settings, users can add and organize additional controls to appear in Control Center

The following controls can be added and organized in Settings:

• Accessibility Shortcuts
• Alarm
• Apple TV Remote
• Calculator
• Camera
• Do Not Disturb While Driving
• Flashlight
• Guided Access
• Home
• Low Power Mode
• Magnifier
• Notes
• Screen Recording
• Stopwatch
• Text Size
• Timer
• Voice Memos
• Wallet

Control Center still lacks a truly customizable drag-and-drop layout, but the return to a single-page design and some customizability are welcomed improvements. The ability to add additional controls such as Low Power Mode and Accessibility Shortcuts will also be appreciated by many users.

The first iOS 11 beta was released to registered Apple developers on Monday. A public beta will be available in late June through the Apple Beta Software Program. The software update should be officially released in September.

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32 months ago
Control center looks like a mess and using the volume and brightness scrollers are quite terrible. The customization is welcome, but I hope this design changes before the GM.
Rating: 43 Votes
32 months ago
Maybe I am a minority, but 3D Touch is one of my favorite features on the iPhone. I use it for absolutely everything, and it's a huge convenience and shortcut. I think this will play nicely with the control center.
Rating: 40 Votes
32 months ago
What a mess. iOS losing the polish and going towards Android like chaos.
Rating: 37 Votes
32 months ago
It's going to take a little bit of getting use to the new cluttered control center layout.
Rating: 26 Votes
32 months ago
The complexity of these screens gets worse and worse with every release. What in the heck is going on internally?
Rating: 24 Votes
32 months ago
Not exactly stylish is it?
Rating: 20 Votes
32 months ago
Wow, the new control center is an example of "what not to do" with UI design. An absolute lazy, deplorable, disjointed, confusing, and otherwise cringeworthy design approach that favors function over form. From a company that touts a harmonious balance of function and form throughout its products, I'm shocked by the amateur execution of this.
Rating: 19 Votes
32 months ago
Unlike some I'm quite happy with it. It could look nicer, but then I feel that way about iOS in general. I think the separation of the different pieces does look a bit cluttered, but it's also functionally probably a bit better.

A step in the right direction, now just make more attractive shoes!
Rating: 18 Votes
32 months ago
UX/UI designer here... what a mess. It's sad what's become of Apple lately.
Rating: 15 Votes
32 months ago
Wish we could reorder them all... id much rather music for example at the bottom, not the top.
Rating: 12 Votes

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