iOS 11 is falling. Apple is scheduled to launch in the fall, or what is the same, starting on September 22 if we ask Siri. A day that could coincide with the official launch of the new wave of devices that will be presented on the 12th. As the events unfold, it is worth taking a look at the 11 new iOS 11 features that will change your day the most a day.
iPhone, iPad and iPod touch compatible with iOS 11
First of all, it's best to start by knowing what devices you can update to iOS 11 this fall. The complete list is this:
On the iPhone, from the iPhone 5s onwards.
On the iPad Pro, all models are compatible.
On the iPad Air, both 1 and 2.
The fifth generation iPad presented this 2017
On the iPad mini, from the iPad mini 2.
Only the sixth generation iPod touch.
General improvements for iOS 11
"A big step for the iPhone" is Apple's way of introducing iOS 11 to its flagship product. And the truth is that in this version focuses a lot on improving the experience with the iPad. However, there are a number of features common to all devices:
Files (known as Files in English) will replace iCloud Drive and will manage all of our files. But it will do it with a twist: the integration of third-party services such as Dropbox. For this, we will need to wait for these providers to update their apps to integrate with Files. With it, we will have our documents within reach, similar to a Finder in iOS.
Scanning of documents through Notes. A skill that until now belonged to the preserve of third-party apps comes standard with iOS 11. The scan allows you to adjust the corners, choose the color and cut both before saving it in a note and in a later edition. Very useful for those who work with documentation and need to store and share it digitally.
New Customizable Control Center and in a single "sheet". In my tests, at first it is difficult to get used to but it is much more comfortable. You can add or hide functions to your liking and it's much faster.
The App Store has undergone a total redesign that will make you want to visit it every day. Much more oriented to find those little digital gems that become essential in your day to day, because not everything was going to be games of bursting candy.
Siri also changes appearance to a card system, in addition to improving her voice to make it more natural. In addition, it becomes more proactive to understand the content we see and then write with our contacts, locally. It has a translation system that at the moment only works in English to other languages.
I could not miss ARKit and the new wave of augmented reality apps. Some as simple as a fairly precise virtual rule and others as delicious as a restaurant menu that shows you your next burger. Without forgetting the games to kill zombies instead of catching Pokémon. It is still in its infancy and we need to see the "Uber" or "WhatsApp" moment of this technology. With a single snag, only available on computers with chip A9 and up.
Improvements for iPad and iPad Pro
If iOS 11 was an important step in the iPhone, for the iPad it is a "huge jump" according to Apple. And the truth is that it is. iOS 11 is the version that will do the most to advance the path of productivity in this tablet. The "no Pro" models will also enjoy some very interesting improvements, although the separation of functions is still not very clear:
A redesigned dock to host more apps and propose new ones located on the right side according to your use.
Improved multitasking, apps in Slide Over mode that, together with Picture in Picture, will allow up to 4 apps to work simultaneously.
The possibility of saving "pairs" of apps in different spaces that are accessed from multitasking.
Drag and Drop (or Drag & Drop) finally reaches the iPad. With this function, we can select multiple elements of an app, whether text, links or images, and take them to another by moving your fingers.
More features for the Apple Pencil (only in the iPad Pro), such as making notes in the new screen capture system, signing scanned documents and taking notes from the locked screen.
These characteristics are the typical example that the whole is more than the sum of the parts. Each of them alone does not provide the same as when they are seen as a whole. Managing documents with Files, dragging and dropping elements as well as multitasking, their spaces and the Apple Pencil will transform the way of working with these devices. Sean Pro or not.
This fall promises to be a turning point in the history of iPad and iPad Pro.