Look­ing to iOS 11

iOS 11 brings iPad mul­ti­task­ing im­prove­ments along with a few quirks, writes Ja­son Snell

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This sum­mer, iPad users who are test­ing out the iOS 11 Pub­lic Beta are get­ting their first taste of the fu­ture of iPad mul­ti­task­ing. From a redesigned app switcher to an en­tirely trans­formed Dock, iOS 11 will make things quite dif­fer­ent.

While so many of these changes are welcome – I’ve been run­ning iOS 11 on my iPad Pro since

the very first beta re­lease be­cause I’ve been so des­per­ate for some of these im­prove­ments – there are still some in­ter­est­ing wrinkles. It re­mains to be seen just what will change be­fore iOS 11 goes fi­nal this fall, but here’s a look at where we are to­day, and where things might go in the fu­ture.

The Dock is... dif­fer­ent

Since the early days of iOS, the Dock has been noth­ing more than a tray on which you could place fre­quently-used apps so that they’d be within reach no mat­ter what page of your home screen you were cur­rently view­ing. With iOS 11 on iPad, the Dock is en­tirely dif­fer­ent, and this means your ap­proach to what apps you put in the Dock should be dif­fer­ent too.

In iOS 11, the Dock pops up with a quick swipe from the bot­tom of the screen while you’re in any app. You can switch to an­other app by tap­ping on one of the apps, or tap and drag out an app to add it to Split View or Slide Over mul­ti­task­ing.

In the cur­rent iOS beta, you can stick 15 apps into the Dock, so you can get a whole lot of icons down there if you want. But what I’ve re­al­ized af­ter us­ing iOS 11 for a few weeks is that what I re­ally want the Dock to be is a place to pri­or­i­tize two kinds of apps. The first group is the apps I use all the time, which is ba­si­cally what I used the Dock for be­fore. But the sec­ond group is the apps I use in mul­ti­task­ing mode. Those need to be in the Dock, be­cause it’s much less ef­fi­cient to add an app to a mul­ti­task­ing mode if they’re not in the Dock. As a re­sult, the

text edi­tors I use to write ar­ti­cles now live in my Dock, as does the new Files app.

(Also, you’d bet­ter be quite fa­mil­iar with the icons of the apps you put in the Dock: they no longer dis­play names be­low them.)

One fea­ture I’ve come to ap­pre­ci­ate in the Dock is the app sug­ges­tions sec­tion, which takes up the three right­most icons on the Dock. These are gen­er­ally the three apps you’ve used the most re­cently, which makes it aw­fully con­ve­nient to switch be­tween apps us­ing the Dock rather than bring­ing up the much more com­pli­cated view that en­com­passes both Con­trol Cen­tre and the mul­ti­task­ing view.

Mul­ti­task­ing in iOS 11

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