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iOS 11 The Most Dramatic and Fantastic Upgrade in Years

by MacHelpAdmin

It became a tradition to consider each new version of iOS as a substantial and effective update. We are already accustomed to the multifunctional and innovative brainchildren of Apple, but when it updates them by adding new features and correcting bugs, they can already be valued as masterpieces.

In this regard, iOS 11 surpasses all kinds of expectations, this is really one of the best and high-quality updates in recent times. This update will make your iPad much more functional, entertaining, productive and easy to use. I propose to figure out what the iPad gets with the latest update, and why iOS 11 is so useful in 2017.

Big Changes Are Coming with iOS 11

With iOS 11, Apple provides us with some brand-new and cool features. Let’s find out what changes are coming to your iPad that you can’t miss:

1. New Setup Feature.

When you purchase an iPhone or iPad, you should spend some time transferring important data from the previous device to the new one. The new iOS 11 update facilitates this process: its new auto-setup option lets you transfer key features quickly and easily. Finally, there is no need to enter passwords repeatedly or get sick of activating/deactivating iOS features. All you have to do is to pair two devices wirelessly and transfer information (keychain passwords, settings, etc.). After that, you might need to restore the iCloud backup and reload apps.

New setup feature saves your time when transferring information between devices
New setup feature saves your time when transferring information between devices

2. Improved Control Center.

The Control Center is totally redesigned in iOS 11. The old but useful three-page interface is now has a single page of icons and buttons. You now can add or remove certain buttons manually, and open additional features by pushing those buttons on 3D-touch-capable devices.

The new Control Center (right) is customizable via the Settings app (left)
The new Control Center (right) is customizable via the Settings app (left)

Furthermore, iOS 11 aggregated lock screen and Notification Center, which means they now currently play audio or get notifications with the current time. And after you unlock your phone, you never lose your notifications – they will be visible in Notification Center.

3. The App Store gets a new design.

App Store now has a big area that contains articles about apps, as well as modified app detail screen
App Store now has a big area that contains articles about apps, as well as modified app detail screen

iOS 11 update has borrowed the new App Store design from the old good iOS 10, which holds large banners and boxes with great graphics. The App Store got a more modern and interesting look that encourages you to use it and thus buy new apps.

4. Do Not Disturb When Driving feature.

Apple thought of every detail in the new update. For example, when you get into the car, your iPhone with iOS 11 will offer to enable Do Not Disturb When Driving mode. This feature automatically senses when you’re in a vehicle via sensors or Bluetooth, blocks app notifications and phone calls, but connects you with people you choose. You may turn on the auto-reply to particular people (friends, colleagues, family members, etc.).

In case you’re a passenger, you may disable this mode in settings. But now it’s highly important since it can prevent traffic accidents.

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Get Those Slighter Changes in iOS 11

Apart from great changes listed above, there are some less impressive but no valueless new features in iOS 11. There are some slight improvements made to some applications.

Well, Apple has come with a personalized approach to the News app on iOS 11 and a “spotlight topic”. Now, you are able to switch to a one-handed keyboard that puts all the keys on the left or right side of the screen. It means you can easily reach all keys and emoji even on iPhone Plus models.

Turn on the one-handed keyboard (right) at the bottom of the keyboard picker (left)
Turn on the one-handed keyboard (right) at the bottom of the keyboard picker (left)

Also, there is a new document-scanner mode available in Notes, and an OCR (optical character recognition) technology, which scans and detects even the hand-written text and makes it readable. What is more, the Maps app gets a lane distance.

Some other subtle changes are presented in this list:

  • A user gets more control over Live Photos, and videos and images have more compatible formats for being stored and shared.
  • Siri gets a high-quality voice and most recent features (for instance, translation).
  • You are able to send money via Apple Pay in Messages.
  • You can see what your friends enjoy listening via Apple Music’s new social layer.

Learn about The Future Changes in iOS 11

When you upgrade your iPhone or iPad to the latest iOS 11 update, you’ll still have to wait for some new features. For example, to start using ARKit, a framework for augmented reality apps, will have to wait a little for the developers to adjust their apps to the new technology.

Augmented reality apps - PCalc (left) and Carrot Weather (right)
Augmented reality apps – PCalc (left) and Carrot Weather (right)

Another essential thing is the forthcoming new Files app. This is not only an update of iCloud Drive app but also a file browser that lets you manage your files. Such third-party apps like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or SFTP and SMB servers can hook into Files.

The Files app is a full-fledged file browser for cloud services in iOS 11
The Files app is a full-fledged file browser for cloud services in iOS 11

The last feature to appear soon is AirPlay 2, Apple’s latest version of the AirPlay protocol, used for media streaming.

Check out How iOS 11 Changes Your iPad

The iOS 11 update carries some additional functions only for the iPad.

The iOS 11 multitasking view on an iPad with a new Dock (bottom) and redesigned Control Center (right)
The iOS 11 multitasking view on an iPad with a new Dock (bottom) and redesigned Control Center (right)

The first thing that the owners of iPads will notice after the update, is that there is a redesigned Dock at the bottom of the home screen, which you can access by simply swiping up.

iOS 11 enables creating multitasking pairs of apps on iPad. How does it actually work? You make up several pairs of apps and switch between them thanks to a drag-to-drop function in iOS 11.

On iPad only, you can drag and drop items between apps
On iPad only, you can drag and drop items between apps

Moreover, you are able to drag data between the updated apps on your iPad. Start dragging data from one app to another, and then move to a different app. Soon, you will discover the real potential of multitasking on your iOS 11.