iOS 11: the iPad gets se­ri­ous

Australian T3 - - APPLE BITES BACK -

Last year, the iPhone got the lion’s share of new iOS fea­tures, with the iPad look­ing a lit­tle unloved, con­sid­er­ing it now had a Pro ver­sion. In iOS 11, it’s the iPad on the re­ceiv­ing end of all the juici­est new fea­tures in Septem­ber.

First up are shiny new mul­ti­task­ing fea­tures, in­clud­ing the abil­ity to cre­ate a mov­able float­ing win­dow of an app, which sits above any other apps you have open – and can even be com­bined with Split View and Pic­ture-in­Pic­ture to show four apps on-screen at once. You also get a new way to pick apps to view, with a Dock akin to macOS’, and a much eas­ier way to switch be­tween your re­cent apps.

That works beau­ti­fully in com­bi­na­tion with the new cross-app drag and drop fea­ture, where you can just grab pic­tures, high­lighted text or even files, and pull them from one app to an­other – in fact, you can move up to 10 things across at once, since you have up to 10 fin­gers.

The fi­nal piece is a new Files app, which fi­nally gives a true cen­tral place to browse the files on your iPad, as well as in what­ever cloud ser­vices you use. You can or­gan­ise them from there, and even tag them for easy ref­er­ence. Files is also com­ing to iPhone, but it’s with these fea­tures on the iPad that it looks re­ally ex­cit­ing. On the iPad Pros es­pe­cially, the flex­i­bil­ity for working with mul­ti­ple apps re­ally moves these into lap­top re­place­ment ter­ri­tory for many peo­ple – as long as the apps you need are there.

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