A new feature in iOS 11 that has kind of flown under the radar thus far is Automatic Setup. As Apple notes on its website, the feature allows you to quickly and securely import data to your your new iPhone or iPad by holding it near an iOS device or Mac you already own.

Not much else is known about the feature yet, but from the above image it looks like the process is very similar to that of pairing an Apple Watch to your iPhone. You simply position the digital image in the frame of your new device and it gets authenticated for data transfer.

Obviously we’ll have to go hands-on with Automatic Setup to see how much easier it really makes the new device setup process, but any change is welcome. Right now the process is extremely painstaking, forcing you to enter your Apple ID and other credentials multiple times.

Check out more of our iOS 11 coverage here.

  • Riley Freeman

    hoping for the ota beta profile config

  • Rowan09

    Is there a way to test the AR capabilities?

    • Apple will be releasing the source code to that little app they demoed on-stage (to put the lamp and coffee cup on the table) to developers so you could use Xcode to put that onto your phone. But right now I think building your own AR app either from scratch or using Apple’s test app is probably the only way.

      • Rowan09

        Oh ok cool. Thanks.

      • I tried posting a link to the info, but it got held for moderation but if you go to the developer site and click develop in the top menu and documentation in the secondary menu you’ll see the link to ARKit listed under “Graphics and Games” and that should have the info available to date.

      • Rowan09

        Ok thanks

  • Josh1991

    Dark Mode is “inverted Color” as well on most apps everything does not get inverted on expect music app artwork gets inverted I’m assuming this is there way to invoke dark mode