The iPad evolves…

Get ready for big changes!

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The iPa d changes the most with iOS 11, gain­ing ma­jor us­abil­ity en­hance­ments that might even con­vince you to buy one in­stead of a MacBook the next time you need a new com­puter.

The Dock evolves from a sim­ple place to keep up to a mere six of your most-used apps vis­i­ble on all pages of the Home screen. You’re able to ac­cess iOS 11’s Dock at a mo­ment’s no­tice even while you’re us­ing an app, by swip­ing up from the bot­tom edge of the screen.

The iPad’s new Dock works a lot like the one in macOS in more ways than this. As on the Mac, there’s a di­vid­ing line to­wards its right end. You choose which apps are per­sis­tently shown to the left of that line sim­ply by drag­ging and drop­ping them from the Home screen as nor­mal.

The items to the right of the line are picked for you by iOS it­self. The op­er­at­ing sys­tem au­to­mat­i­cally fills this area with a few apps it thinks you might want to use next – an­other ex­am­ple of the ma­chine learn­ing Ap­ple is keenly pro­mot­ing as part of this it­er­a­tion of iOS. That’s also where to look when you want to trans­fer an in-progress task from an­other of your nearby de­vices to your iPad, us­ing the Hand­off fea­ture.

The new Dock is about more than pro­vid­ing a new way to quickly switch be­tween apps. When you re­veal the Dock while us­ing an app, you can drag the icon of an­other app from the Dock to the side of the screen to open it in the tem­po­rary Slide Over view. If you de­cide to keep that app open, you can pin it open in Split View to re­fer to as you work in the orig­i­nal app.

con­trol cen­ter

In the past, swip­ing up­wards from the bot­tom edge of the screen was used to re­veal Con­trol Cen­ter. It still is, but you ei­ther need to swipe up again from the al­ready re­vealed Dock, or you can jump straight to Con­trol Cen­ter by swip­ing

The Dock evolves from a sim­ple place to keep up to a mere six of your apps

fur­ther up the screen in the first place. Con­trol Cen­ter is shown down the right-hand side of the new-look app switcher, which makes bet­ter use of the iPad’s abun­dant screen space. Rather than re­cent apps be­ing pre­sented like a stack of cards, their thumb­nails are laid out in a grid that pro­vides a clearer view and di­rect ac­cess to more apps at once. Sim­i­lar to Mis­sion Con­trol on the Mac, this switcher gives a clear re­minder of which apps are paired in Split View, with a pair of app icons and names above the rel­e­vant thumb­nails. The Dock and the re­designed app switcher aren’t just de­signed to help you switch be­tween apps more quickly. They also en­able an­other new fea­ture on the iPad: drag and drop. Pho­tos, web ad­dresses, se­lected text, and much more can be picked up and dragged over an icon on the Dock, then dropped into that app. You can even use one hand to be­gin this process, then tap ad­di­tional items us­ing your other hand to add them to what you’re hold­ing in the first one.

quickly type spe­cial char­ac­ters

iOS 11 pro­vides a new on-screen key­board on the iPad, on which many keys are adorned with a sec­ond char­ac­ter in gray. Rather than hav­ing to switch to a dif­fer­ent set of keys or hold ß to type these, you place a fin­ger on a key, slide it down a short way, then let go – and that’s it!

Drag and drop works just as it does on the Mac, even sup­port­ing mul­ti­ple selec­tions.

Mul­ti­task­ing on the iPad is now about more than just run­ning two apps side by side.

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