iOS11 running on an iPad brings a MacOS-style pop-up dock to Apple’s tablet. It makes it easier to jump between applications as you work. You can bring up the dock in compatible iPad apps by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Continue swiping up and the Control Centre will still appear as normal.
The dock lets you easily jump between four different apps. Plus, you can use split-screen mode so you can work on apps side-by-side. Even better, you can drag a file onto an app in the dock, just like on a Mac, and call up a list of an app’s most recently used files.
New ways to access your files
There’s no equivalent to a Documents folder on an iPad. Instead, your documents are spread across different apps. The new Files app adds similar functionality to your Apple tablet. It creates a central place to search for documents across a range of storage apps.
The Files app can connect to iCloud, Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox and other storage services with cross-platform search. This way, it’s easy to find a specific document regardless of where it’s stored. You can also categorise files by tagging them with topics or colours so they’re easier to find.
When you open a document in Files, it launches in its native app. This means you can start working on it straight away. You can also share iCloud documents with your colleagues from within the Files app.
Customisable Control Centre
The flexibility to customise which options appear in the Control Centre can be a real time-saver. It ensures the options you need the most are always at your fingertips rather than hidden away in the menus.
Customising the Control Centre is easy. You just need to dive into the Settings > Control Centre > Customise menu to add and remove options. Handy options include Do Not Disturb While Driving, setting Alarms, creating Notes, and enabling Low Power Mode.
There’s more to the new Control Centre than meets the eye. You can press and hold segments to expand them and see more options. For example, by default, the networking section displays shortcuts for Aeroplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Mobile Data and Bluetooth. However, if you hold your finger down, it will open a larger window that also offers access to AirDrop and Personal Hotspot.