Several months after iOS 11 was released it has become clear that the feature that has arguably made the biggest overall impact on users across the board is its new built-in screen recorder.
It is easy to see why the screen recorder in iOS 11 has become so popular. Prior to iOS 11 if iPhone or iPad users wanted to record the screens of their mobile devices they had to use an external option such as QuickTime or some other screen recorder on their Mac. However now that iOS 11 has a built-in screen recorder, all it takes is a swipe and a tap to start recording.
Having a convenient way to record videos of the screen of iPhones and iPads has provided many benefits to users. It is often used to provide assistance, create how-to guides, or even record bugs and issues. Additionally it is being used to save content as well – most notably online streaming videos, video calls, and temporary content from apps such as Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and so on.
It should be noted however that the screen recorder in iOS 11 is subject to limitations and is sparse in terms of features. It is designed to record videos of the entire screen, with the only additional option being a toggle to record audio from the microphone as well. While that is sufficient for many purposes, there are still other features that users request.
One feature in particular that users seem to want included is the ability to define the capture area. Because iOS devices use different resolutions, recording in full-screen often produces videos that have different dimensions. While most modern iOS devices have screens that are HD or higher, it still makes using this feature as a HD recorder difficult.
The video resolution is especially important when content is shared on YouTube or other social media platforms. Any videos that don’t use standard resolutions and aspect ratios end up having black bars surrounding them on most platforms, which is often something that users try to avoid.
Normally the videos that are recorded using iOS 11’s screen recorder do require some editing as well, due to the fact that they are likely to include the status bar and will have footage of the screen recording being turned off. Because of that the use of a separate editor to crop or trim the video is often required.
Due to the limitations in iOS 11’s screen recorder, its impact is still far from what it could be. In short although it is a big hit so far there is room for it to grow – especially if and when it starts to add more features and allow more control over the screen recording. Considering the feature is still new to iOS it seems likely that it will be improved in later editions, especially considering the fact that it has become so widely-used in the short span of time since its release.