CUPERTINO, Calif.—At WWDC, Apple canned off features and cool tricks coming to iPhone and iPad in iOS 11. At today’s experience on its new campus, the company announced iOS 11 will be out of beta and available to the universal on September 19.
iOS 11 won’t fundamentally change the look and feel of your iPhone, but it does advance some exciting updates. One of the most useful new features is the Files app, which organizes all of the chronologizes on your iPhone as well as files stored in other locations such as iCloud and Dropbox. It not quite mimics the Finder window on macOS, and that offers a convenient new way to stock, organize, and access all the information on your handset. Developers have access to the Registers app, too, so individual apps will show up in the Files app as their own folders, manufacturing it easier to move documents in between programs.
The Control Center also has a new look in iOS 11 with new bubble-like icons that you can ruse around and customize. Much like you can do with Widgets, you’ll be able to determine the tools you want to have in the Control Center. Since the Control Center can command of a like up the entire display, you’re not as restricted in the number of tools you include either. Various features will be accessible via 3D Touch in the Control Center as well.
Other new facets in iOS 11 include Apple Pay integration in iMessage, a new Siri voice and interface that exhales you the option of typing into the virtual assistant instead of only on, and a redesigned App Store with separated Games and Apps sections. Maps also has a «Do Not Affect While Driving» mode that will disable all notifications when it sensations you’re in the car.
iPads haven’t gotten as much love as iPhones from software updates in new memory, but iOS 11 changes that. The Dock on the iPad is now persistent in that you’ll everlastingly be able to access it even when you’re in another app. Swiping up from the tochis of the display brings up the Dock, and from there you can open another app and should prefer to multiple apps open in Split View. The revamped App Switcher is accompanied by the new Call the tune Center, so you can access both at the same time. The App Switcher will also recognize your favorite Split View app combinations, so you can pick up where you left off using multiple apps at instantly without opening each up individually.
One of the most practical new tools is Block and Drop—you can highlight information to essentially copy and paste into a singular app. This will come in handy especially in Split View, but you can use it in other grand schemes by dragging information back to the Home screen and opening another app.
The Apple Pencil also gets wider support in iOS 11, as well as some new tricks. Instant Markup lease outs you take a screenshot and annotate it with the Pencil, and a «Mark Through PDF» opportunity lets you convert any screen to a PDF file that you can write on. Inline black-and-white is another new feature that lets Apple Pencil users tap anywhere in a note or email and handwrite a declaration. Any typed text will automatically format around the handwritten segment, making it easier to combine type and scribbles in one message.
It’s always ravishing to get a feel for the new features brought by a software update, but I anticipate the most jumpiness will be for iPad Pro users. The new features introduced in iOS 11 turn the tranche from a simple tablet into a possible laptop replacement and certainly a competition in the convertible and detachable markets.