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Thursday, 28 September 2017

iOS 11: Great on iPhone, spectacular on iPad

Every new version of iOS in the last decade since its launch has always put the iPhone first. It is true that the iPhone was a competitor in 2010 with the iPad, but iOS always shone the first. Not this year: iOS 11 is the time for iPad to shine .

IPhone users will notice a number of changes like the Control Center and redesigned App Store , but iPad owners are the ones who will see the deepest update of their software.

With iOS 11, Apple has finally transformed the iPad (and especially the iPad Pro) from being a jumbo iPhone to a full multitasking tablet that, while not a perfect replacement for a laptop, is closer to that vision than ever before.

One of the best things about Apple being a monster of its software is that its new iOS works with many older devices . On Android, with the exception of Google's own Pixels, there is no guarantee that your phone will receive the latest version of Android (at least not in a timely manner).

iOS 11 can be installed from the iPhone 5S and newer (iPhone6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7 and 7 Plus). The sixth generation iPod Touch is also supported. And compatible iPads include all the iPad Mini (2, 3 and 4) Retina, the iPad Air (1 and 2), the new iPad of 9.7 inches (2017) and all generations of iPad Pro released to date 9.7 inches, 10.5 inches, and two generations of 12.9 inches).

As with all software updates, iOS 11 will not work perfectly on legacy devices. There will be some features that are missing and performance will be slower , but for the most part who updates will be receiving many new features.

Before we tell you why iOS 11 reinvents the iPad , I want to point out some of the changes you'll find on all iOS devices once you've updated them.

Jewels to discover

iOS 11 is based on the optimizations set by iOS 10. An important change you will immediately discover is the redesigned Control Center, which is now very visual and user-friendly .

There are many of these little gems covered by iOS that are not apparent until you discover them. Like the possibility to reorganize several applications at once by touching an icon of the application and then touching others that you want to move together in a group.

Some others: the camera application can scan QR codes natively, there is a single-handed keyboard that flattens the whole design to the left or right, and a pseudo "dark mode" that reverses all the colors.

I will not list the full changelog of small changes, because it's already done here , but Apple has given a good face- lift to iOS. I will highlight one that I think you will all love: the screen recording. From the Control Center, you can now press the screen recording button and start what is happening on your device.

Recording the screen is also really helpful in helping to troubleshoot a friend's device. I've used screen recordings to tell some how to find a setting or do something inside an application.

Fortify the core

These surface level adjustments are the first changes you see after installing iOS 11, but it has also strengthened your main applications and services. Siri has a new, more human voice that sounds even nicer, but I also noticed Siri is somewhat slower to dictate responses over iOS 11 than iOS 10.

Siri is also smarter in anticipating what you might want to do. You can now add things like flights, reservations and appointments to your calendar when you have confirmed them in Safari. You can check the status of your flight by entering the flight number. Siri also scans (but privately and never shares in the cloud) what you read in Safari to offer more relevant QuickType tips when writing.

I still do not think Siri is as smart as the Google Assistant, and her slower response time is not a good thing, but I applaud her less robotic and sweeter voice .

The Photos app has some new updates, including some new Live Photo effects like Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure. As a photography enthusiast, I personally believe that the renewed photos and all of their editing functions are reason enough to update your old iPad or directly buy a new one.

Memories that creates small mounts of your photos and videos now analyzes more types of scenarios. If you've never used it, I invite you to do it. If you have an iPhone with an A10 or newer chip (iPhone 7 or higher, 10.5-inch iPad and second-generation 12.9-inch iPad), you'll suddenly see that photos and videos no longer take up as much space storage . This is because iOS 11 uses new "high efficiency" formats for photos (HEIF) and videos (HEVC).

These new formats mean that files are 2 times smaller than traditional JPEG and .MOV files. It is a real advantage if you shoot a lot with your iPhone. It's a shame that the high-efficiency format is limited to newer devices .

There's a lot more: iOS 11 also adds a new " Do Not Disturb While Driving " mode that prevents notifications from appearing on the device lock screen when behind the wheel. Apple Maps has new interior maps for selected malls and airports (though not yet launched) as well as lane guidance.

Unfortunately, Apple Pay's highly anticipated payouts announced on June 5 are not yet ready. Apple says it will not launch until later, maybe this fall .

The only app that has received a redesign from top to bottom is the App Store . Now it is divided into five new tabs: Today, Games, Applications, Updates and Search. These tabs emphasize larger covers and artwork and are designed to help you better discover applications. When you have more than 2 million apps on the App Store , finding new ones can be brutal.

I like the way it is now, in fact invites the download, yes, to buy more applications, especially games. Who can really resist screenshots and previews? I am cannon fodder for games that show you considerable forecasts of what you are buying.

The iPad and its makeover

Before you start to panic and think that you will have to re-learn how to use the iPad, iOS 11 is still the same iOS you know, but now has better features that are built from the ground up to be able to use your screen much better .

For example, there is a new Slide function that allows you to superimpose one application over another and move it from left to right. When combined with Split View, the feature that allows you to have two applications open side by side, you are now seeing a total of three applications open.

You could open Apple News and YouTube next to it, and then launch your Twitter feed at the top. It's the best multitasking the iPad has ever had , and it comes close to a MacBook that runs MacOS while maintaining the ease of use of iOS. Multitasking is so much better if you connect a keyboard to your iPad.

In addition, you can now drag and drop photos between applications. It is still early and most third-party applications are not compatible , but everything will come.

Look at all the applications in the new Dock.

The new Dock has a total of 15 applications , can pair up to 13 and a divider on the right side separates it from proactive surface applications (two that iOS 11 recommends according to their usage habits) and another for an application.

The close similarity and functionality of the Dock with the MacOS Dock tells you everything you need to know about what Apple wants the iPad to be: It's a good replacement for many people .

Other places where iOS 11 is optimized for iPad are the App Switcher and Control Center, are now an integrated panel along with the Dock when it slides up from the bottom of the screen.

The Notes application has a new markup feature that allows you to annotate screen captures , handwritten notes that can be searched, signed PDF files and scan documents with the camera. There are plenty of rich note-taking features that make the iPad a more versatile device to do "real work". Just like adding a keyboard, these features are even more useful and accurate when used on an iPad Pro with an Apple pen.

Possibly, the new biggest addition that makes the iPad a computer is the new Archives application . For years, Apple was reluctant to add a file manager to iPad because that would make it a PC, and Steve Jobs was adamant that his users would never have to see those awful computer crashes. He did not even like to see it on the Mac .

Files is also available on the iPhone, but it is not close to the paradigm shift that is on the iPad when it blends in all the new multitasking features. Remember that on a smaller screen is more complicated to do . Once you've installed iOS 11 on your iPad, you start wanting to do more, just like you would on a MacBook.

It's free, as always, and comes with many important security fixes. Not installing iOS 11 would be more harmful than not doing it, since you would be missing the security updates that are important to protect your device.

So if you have not already done so, dare, backup your device and install iOS 11. Everything will be for the better, especially if you do it on the iPad .

The good

    The native recording of the screen.
    Applying files makes document management easier.
    Refresh the Live Photos editing features.
    Customizable control center.
    Redesign of the App Store.
    Finally it transforms the iPad into an almost a laptop.

The bad

    Drag and drop really only works with Apple apps
    High efficiency format limited to devices with A10 or newer chip.
    Apple Pay in Messages not yet available.


iOS 11 is a compulsory twist for all iPhone users, but on the iPad it's where it really shines. I think users who work with him every day needed something like that. It's true that it does not completely replace a laptop , but the experience is much closer now.

Source : Mashable 

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