Apple’s 2017 WWDC did not disappoint. If you tuned in on Monday, you saw that the next OS update, iOS 11, was made to take your iPad game to the next level and make your life easier and more entertaining on iPhone. From the dozens of features Apple presented, here are the ones you’ll love to try #softwaremagic
Expected to debut for the general audience in fall, iOS 11 is full of surprises. So much so, that we think you’ll find at least one thing to be glad about when Apple releases the software update:
1. iPad gets drag and drop. Finally, you will be able to move text, photos, and files from one app to another. This will save you so much time, believe me.
2. Apple Pencil gets savvier the moment it touches your iPad. Mark a PDF or screenshot by simply taking it to the screen. The same applies to Notes. Just touch your Lock Screen with the Pencil and get ready to jot down your ideas.
3. Typing becomes easy peasy because you don’t need to switch between keyboards anymore. Just press to activate the secondary key.
4. You can get money OR help a friend in need via iMessage. Simply type the sum needed or press on the one that appears in the iMessage and bam! Apple Pay will send the money to the other person’s account as if by magic. Until then, all your money will be kept safe in Apple Pay Cash.
5. Travelling in a foreign country where you don’t know the language? Siri can be your translator. All you have to do is tell her the intended phrase in English and she’ll translate it in the language chosen.
6. Do Not Disturb will be enabled automatically when you’re driving. Callers will get a notifications that you’re behind the wheel.
7. Checking e-mails with one hand and taking notes with the other? Make your life easier by touching and holding the emoji key to enable “one-handed typing”. This will make the keys move closer to your thumb.
8. Passwords, settings and preferences will be easily imported on your new device by taking it closer to a Mac or iOS device you already own.
… and that’s not all. iOS 11 is going to support AR games and apps and organize your workflow better than ever before.
The Files app will put everything you saved and saw in one place, while the new, improved iPad Dock will help you open and swap apps from the bottom of the screen. By the way, you’ll be able to work with two apps simultaneously, in Slide Over or Split View mode.
Apple Maps will offer indoor maps and lane guidance so you will be able to know which lane to occupy before turning right or left.
Photos will offer a new long exposure effect as well as a bunch of professional-looking filters to choose from. Oh, and every handwritten word in Notes will be searchable.
Not shabby at all, right? If you can’t wait to test iOS 11, you can sign up for a Beta version for free here. Remember, though, to do a back up before you jump at the opportunity. This version might contain errors that could ruin your current experience.