[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Apple’s latest iPhone and iPad operating system – iOS 11 – is now available to download to your device. It’s a huge update with many new features and under-the-hood enhancements. The download is about 2GB in size and you can check for it by navigating to the General / Software update section via your Settings app. We’ve listed some of the best features including some iPad specific productivity enhancements as well as features you’ll find on both iPads and iPhones.
- Files app – this is a ‘file manager’ that consolidates files used by some ‘on-devivce’ apps as well as files held in different cloud storage accounts including iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and others.
- The Dock – This is a specialised app launcher that appears at the bottom of the screen. You can open and switch between apps as well as store your favourite ones for quick access. You can also drag apps from the dock into a split-screen view.
- Drag and drop – on supported apps you can now use your finger(s) to select and drag an image, text or URL to another open app.
- Apple Pencil – the Apple Pencil is more integrated into apps and can be used for tasks like Instant Markup, which enables you to write notes onto screenshots and PDFs. You can now take a note by tapping on the screen with your pencil in Lock Mode, and there’s more drawing support across Mail, Notes and other Apple apps.
- Document Scanner – there’s a new scanning feature in Notes that uses the camera to take a picture of the document that you’d like to scan, flattens it out, crops and enhances its appearance. You can then use the Apple Pencil to annotate or sign it.
- Quicktype keyboard – now you can access keys that you’d normally press the shift button by simply flicking the key. It’s easy to use and a huge improvement when typing via your iPad or iPhone’s screen.
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iPhone and general enhancements
- Apple Pay – you can now send money to family and friends using Apple Pay and iMessage. It’s sort of like texting a money order.
- Live Photos – Apple’s Live Photos now include some fun features like Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure.
- Filters – You can now enhance your photos with a selection of filters.
- App Store – this has been revamped with new sections for Today, Games, Apps, Updates and Search.
- Augmented Reality – iOS 11 includes support for ARKit, which is a new framework for developers to make AR apps. Expect to see lots more of these in the months to come!
- Control Centre – this has been totally revamped so you can get to your settings quickly and easily, and it’s customisable too.
- iMessage – there have been some tweaks making it easier to navigate to the many ways to embellish your messages.
- Siri – Siri gets smarter and a new voice. Better Natural Language Processing and more context aware. You now can ask Siri to translate a word to another language, play a song from iMusic, and, with the help of machine learning, Siri can anticipate what you type, the news you want to read or a site you want to visit.
- AirPlay 2 – there is now support for multiple speakers in different rooms of your house, giving you control of what to play and where.
- Lock Screen – now you can see your current notifications from the lock screen as well as older notifications. Just swipe up or down depending on what you want to view.
- Do not Disturb While Driving – this feature senses if you’re in a car through a number of clever techniques including sensing nearby Wi-Fi networks and an active hands-free Bluetooth. It will lock you out of viewing texts and even send automatic replies to people who text you while you are behind the wheel.
- Maps – there are now indoor maps of selected areas. Also, if you’re using driving directions, you’ll get lane guidance to help you get into the right lane before a turn.
- Quick Start – migrating between iOS devices is easier than ever. Just hold your devices close together and Quick Start will transfer your Apple ID and settings from your old device making migration a snap.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”89533″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”89532″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”89534″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There are many other iOS 11 features not mentioned here, so be sure to update your device to experience what iOS 11 has to offer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]