iOS 11 is a really exciting update for the decade-old platform, especially if you’re an iPad user. But you can’t get your hands on it until the official release in Fall. But there’s a workaround. If you’re the adventurous type, you can enroll into Apple’s Public Beta and take the iOS 11 Public Beta for a spin.
The Notes app in iOS 11 has a new hidden feature – the ability to scan documents and directly add them to a note. While it’s not as feature rich as third party apps, it has the basics covered – automatic scanning and border detection, multiple scans, grayscale mode and more.
With iOS 11, Apple is finally acknowledging that people use screenshots for marking up and sharing what whatever is on their screen. There’s a new set of tools in iOS 11 called Instant Markup that lets you quickly markup screenshots and PDF and makes it easy to share screenshots.
The 2nd generation of iPad Pros (2017) are now shipping. And this time, both models are identical except for the screen size. This is a much-appreciated change from the previous generation. Now, you just need to decide how big of an iPad Pro you need and you’re not making any other tradeoffs. The 9.7 inch iPad Pro is replaced by a new size – 10.5 inches. The new mainstream iPad Pro has thinner bezels but still maintains the same weight and thinness.
The iOS 11 Beta 2 is finally here (as we’re nearing the Public Beta release). And while it doesn’t bring a lot of UI or feature changes, it does fix a lot of bugs. Running Beta 2 should be much more tolerable than Beta 1. Here’s everything that’s new in this beta.
iOS 11 brings a self-contained file system to the iPhone and iPad in the form of the new Files app. The Files app replaces the iCloud Drive app, which was nothing more than a glorified document picker. Files app brings an experience that is much closer to Finder on the Mac, while still following iOS conventions of sandboxing and privacy.
Apple has given us a real, customizable Control Center with iOS 11. Right now, all you can do is edit the controls below the first 4 rows. Apple gives you a dozen or so new controls that you can add to the bottom of the new Control Center.
With watchOS 3, Apple literally re-wrote the book, making significant UI, UX and strategy changes for the Apple Watch. And the newly renewed focus on notifications and fitness has paid off. The Watch is a lot more focused and even more useful (for people who find it so). watchOS 4 then doesn’t rock any boats. It builds on the foundation of its predecessor.
With watchOS 3, Apple reinvented the Apple Watch. They got rid of the things that didn’t work, and focused on the two things that did – notifications and fitness tracking. While watchOS 3 was the start of the new focused strategy for the Apple Watch, watchOS 4 is its evolution.