A guided tour of all the new features in iOS 11

It's like getting a brand new iPhone every time an iOS update rolls around in the autumn (or the fall, depending on where in the world you live) - Apple usually packs a stack of exciting new features into its mobile OS and the apps that run on top of it for us to enjoy.

2017 is no different: we've got improvements to the Control Centre, iPhone storage management, Siri, Live Photos, the App Store, Apple Music and much more besides. Here's how those new features are looking in the iOS 11 beta edition we've been using thus far.

1. Control Centre

The Control Centre has a brand new look for iOS 11, and you can find it as usual by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. The overlay gets more customisation options too, which means you decide which toggle switches are shown and which ones are hidden from view.

2. Do Not Disturb while driving

In iOS 11, the familiar Do Not Disturb mode can be set to kick in when you're driving - iOS can detect this based on your movement or on a connection to a Bluetooth device. Incoming notifications are silenced, and the screen stays dark, so as not to distract you.

3. Screen Recording

Like Do Not Disturb, Screen Recording is one of the new toggle switches you can add to the Control Centre (head to Settings to do this). For the first time in iOS, it allows you to record activity on the screen and save the resulting video straight to your device's Camera Roll.

4. File management

The Files app is new in iOS 11, finally opening up the file system on the mobile OS just a little, as well as acknowledging the improving features in iCloud. You can browse through files stored on the device, as well as files and folders synced across from other devices.

5. Storage optimisation

As well as giving users a Files app, iOS 11 also offers more options for optimising the amount of available storage. Choose iPhone Storage from General in Settings to get some suggestions about photos, apps, videos and other content you can safely get rid of.

6. Augmented reality

iOS 11 includes a developer tool called ARKit, which is going to enable all kinds of augmented reality magic using the camera on your iOS device - from seeing how 3D furniture looks in your living room to playing AR games on your kitchen table.

7. Smarter Siri

Siri is getting smarter in iOS 11, as it tends to do every year, and is going to be much better at recognising context - so it'll be able to follow up on the last question you asked, and pick out songs that you like based on your tastes, and suggest news stories you might like.

8. Livelier Live Photos

Photos gets a few tweaks, with a nod to Instagram - you can now turn your Live Photos into video loops, or get them to bounce back and forth, or create a long exposure. The Camera app gets more filters as well, and Apple is promising high-res photos take up less room.

9. Smarter Safari

Safari gets some tweaks in iOS 11 as well - start a search from the address bar, for example, and you'll get some suggestions based on what you were just reading. The Apple browser can also link to your iOS Calendar app, adding entries for flights and hotel stays instantly.

10. A more social Apple Music

New to Apple Music are people profiles, so you can show off your own taste in music through playlists you've decided to make public, as well as follow your friends and see what they're listening to. It's all very - dare we say it - Spotify-esque, but it's helpful.

11. An iPad dock

iOS 11 is a particularly exciting update if you're an iPad owner - you're going to get a Mac-style dock at the foot of the screen, support for dragging and dropping app windows around the screen, plus a few other extras to make using it more like using a laptop.

12. A revamped App Store

The App Store gets a much-needed visual revamp, making it easier for you to discover the best new apps of the moment as well as improving the navigation experience in general. There are now separate tabs for games and for notable apps picked out by App Store staff.