Apple has just released iOS 11 GM to registered developers. The software can be downloaded over-the-air or through Apple’s Developer Center.
The iPad on iOS 11 is taking a big leap forward with drag and drop, a new Dock, and more.
Both iPhone and iPad users will be happy to hear all of the new features and more in iOS 11 including a different and clearer voice for Siri, a revamped Control Center, a new app drawer in messages, a new look to the App Store, and much, much more.
But iPad owners should definitely be the most excited for the new software as Apple has truly taken an important, and needed step forward with iOS 11. The biggest addition in iOS 11 is drag and drop capability on a number of items including apps, documents, photos and text.
A long-requested addition, Apple has finally made it easy to handle files stored on the iPad and other locations. With the aptly-named Files app, you can organize, view, and structure files with folders, subfolders, and other options.
Another new feature with a very Mac-like touch is the new Dock. You can load the area up with a maximum of 13 apps, and they are always accessible at any time with a quick swipe up. A longer swipe up from the bottom of the screen will launch the new App Switcher. Taking inspiration from both Launchpad and Mission Control on the Mac, it houses the new-look Control Center and the apps you’ve currently got open. You can view a small preview of what each app has open.
Slide Over and Split View are also getting supercharged. A second app can be opened directly from the Dock. The Slide Over app can also be placed on either the left or right-hand part of the screen. You can even quickly and easily swap out apps on the screen.
And anyone with an Apple Pencil should be happy to hear that the stylus is even more useful on the tablet with instant markup, inline drawing, and more.
More changes coming to iOS 11
The road ahead
The software will officially land next week on Tuesday, Sept. 19.
The final version of the software will arrive to the general public on Tuesday, Sept. 19.