Here’s How iOS 11’s Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature Works

iOS 11 introduces a new Do Not Disturb While Driving feature that’s designed to block incoming calls, texts, and notifications while you’re driving, with the aim of cutting down on distractions to prevent accidents.

Do Not Disturb While Driving was enabled in the second developer beta of iOS 11, and is available now for developers and public beta testers. We went hands-on with the feature to give MacRumors readers an idea of how it works.

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An extension of the existing Do Not Disturb feature that blocks incoming notifications during set times, such as while you’re asleep, Do Not Disturb While Driving can be set to come on automatically, when connected to a car’s Bluetooth, or manually.

With the automatic setting, Do Not Disturb While Driving will turn on whenever your iPhone detects the acceleration of a vehicle, an option that could be inconvenient when you’re a passenger (though you can toggle it off in this situation). The Bluetooth setting turns the feature on whenever your phone connects to your car’s Bluetooth, an ideal setting if you’re the only person who drives your vehicle, and manually, as the name suggests, lets you turn it on from the Control Center.

While active, Do Not Disturb While Driving will mute incoming phone calls, notifications, and text messages, and your iPhone’s screen will stay dark. For texts, there is an option to send your contacts a message that lets them know you’re driving and will get back to them later. In an emergency, a person who is attempting to contact you via text while you’re driving can break through Do Not Disturb by sending a second “urgent” message. The auto reply can be customized and turned on for all contacts, or specific groups like favorites or recents.

Phone calls are allowed so long as an iPhone is connected to a car’s Bluetooth or a hands-free accessory, allowing you to respond without needing to pick up your phone. If not connected to Bluetooth or a compatible accessory, calls will be blocked like text messages and notifications.

Do Not Disturb While Driving is a fully optional feature that drivers can choose not to use or can toggle off at any time, but it’s an important new safety feature that you should consider turning on to cut down on distractions.

For parents of teenagers, there’s also a specific restriction setting (General > Restrictions > Do Not Disturb While Driving) that prevents Do Not Disturb settings from being changed, so you can make sure children are driving safely.

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Removal of 3D Touch app switching gesture in iOS 11 confirmed as intentional change

Whilst iOS 11 includes a lot of new stuff to enjoy, there are also a few features that have been left behind. One such example is a lesser-known 3D Touch gesture that enabled faster access to the iPhone app switcher and a quick shortcut to move back to the previous app. Both of these elements are no longer present in iOS 11 and a bug report confirms that this was an intentional removal …

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Showdown: Apple’s 2015 iMac vs. 2017 iMac

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Apple’s 5K iMacs have been extremely popular, especially with content creators, and this year’s hardware refresh packs in even more bang for the buck. If you’re trying to decide between buying the latest model, or a discounted late 2015, AppleInsider offers a closer look at how they compare.

MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Brilliant Control for Your Smart Home Devices

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Brilliant to give MacRumors readers a chance to win a Brilliant Control, which is a touchscreen-equipped smart lighting solution that’s able to control your lights and all of your other smart home products.

The Brilliant Control, available in a range of colors to match any decor, is designed to replace one of the light switch panels in your home. On-screen touch sliders can be used to turn connected lights on and off, or dim them. Brilliant Control is also able to interface with other smart home products using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so that same touchscreen can be used to control everything from your Nest thermostat to your Sonos speakers.



Because there’s easy access to smart home products through the display, everyone in the family can control connected devices without the need to pull out a phone and open up an app.

In addition to a touchscreen, the Brilliant Control includes a motion sensor, a video camera, ambient light sensor, and voice control, plus integration with Amazon Alexa, so voice commands can be used to control lights and all other smart home devices.



It’s similar to an Amazon Echo, but with a touchscreen and built-in integration with your lights. Brilliant Control works with a range of smart home products, plus IFTTT, SmartThings, and Wink hubs, but it isn’t compatible with HomeKit.

While the base Brilliant Control is designed to replace a single light switch, there are other (pricier) versions that can replace panels with up to four light switches.



Pricing for the Brilliant Control starts at $199 and the device can be purchased from the Brilliant website, but we have two to give away to MacRumors readers. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and send the prize. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

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Hands-on: 10.5-inch iPad Pro ‘Smart Case’ provides rear protection for less than $20 [Video]

Looking to protect the front of your iPad Pro with Apple-produced gear? Apple provides three different options. You can opt for a traditional Smart Cover, a Smart Keyboard, or Apple’s iPad Pro Leather Sleeve.

All three of the aforementioned products protect your iPad Pro in various ways. Both the Smart Cover and the Smart Keyboard will protect the front of your iPad Pro via a magnetic attachment that allows you to easily use the device with the cover or keyboard still attached. The Leather Sleeve, obviously, renders the iPad Pro unusable while contained within the case.

Only one of the products — the Leather Sleeve — provides any sort of rear protection for the iPad Pro, but as stated, the device can’t be used while enclosed inside.

This presents an interesting predicament. Apple doesn’t currently sell any first-party cases that protect the rear of the iPad Pro while in use. Not to mention that a Smart Cover + Leather Sleeve, or Smart Keyboard + Leather Sleeve combination can easily approach $200 or more depending on which you opt for. But even if money were no object, Apple just doesn’t offer a solution to this problem. So I took the next logical step, and found a case on Amazon. more…