Now officially slated to be released on the 19th of September, iOS 11 promises to be one of Apple’s biggest updates yet. It brings about a slew of changes and improvements across the board, as has been made evident from the beta that has been ongoing since late June.

Among the many big changes and new features, it is easy to overlook some of the more ‘hidden’ additions as they tend to slip under the radar. One such that will undoubtedly have a big impact going forward however is the inclusion of a native screen recorder in iOS for the very first time.

Prior to iOS 11 the ‘official’ way to record video footage from the screen of an iOS device was to connect it to a computer and use QuickTime or some other screen recorder to capture the video. Other methods have also been used, such as video capture devices or simply pointing a video camera at the screen – but none have been particularly convenient.

At times users have resorted to third-party apps that require the iOS device be rooted before they can be used. Needless to say this raises a host of other concerns, with security featuring prominently among them.

In iOS 11 however there will be a built-in screen recorder that can be added to the Control Center. With it learning how to record video on iPad or iPhones will be far easier, as it can be enabled in the Settings by selecting Control Center then scrolling down and adding Screen Recording.

Once it has been added, it will be possible to start recording at any time by swiping upwards from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center and then tapping on the Screen Recording button. Users will also be able to record audio via the microphone, and the option to do so can be found by accessing the menu using a hard press or long press on the button.

While the recording is ongoing, a bar will appear at the top of the screen to indicate as much and display the duration of the recording. To stop the recording the user will have to tap on this bar then select Stop, or open the screen recording menu in the Control Center and do the same there. After the recording is complete, the video will be saved to the Camera Roll and can then be viewed, edited or shared in the same way as any video that you record using an iOS device.

Suffice to say recording videos from the screen of iOS devices will become much easier and more convenient with the release of iOS 11. It is worth noting however that other methods aren’t likely to be obsolete – at least not immediately as iOS 11 is compatible with 64-bit devices only, meaning that older devices will not be able to upgrade.

Although the scren recording on iOS 11 may not be its most hyped feature by a long shot, it is one that is likely to have a lasting impact. Not only will users have a much easier time creating content by recording their screen, but they will also be able to save video calls, or record content from Snapchat and other apps.