iOS 11 Arrives


The new operating systems are here, and with them come plenty of change. Apple has released iOS 11 for the iPhone and iPad, and High Sierra (10.13) for the Mac. Here are a few of the takeaways:
• High Sierra – other than an update to the way Photos looks, High Sierra is mostly an "under-the-hood" improvement for Mac – meaning it won't change the way things look and feel very much, though it improves the functionality and stability of your Mac. I generally recommend people wait a couple of months before updating to the newest operating system though, as there are occasionally last-minute tweaks that go in to improve the operating system right after it comes out.
• iOS 11 on the iPhone – there are some visual tweaks to the iPhone, though things will look and feel mostly similar to before. The App Store looks more like a story board, and now when you take a screenshot you can edit it on the fly and decide whether or not to keep it! Perhaps most changed is the Control Center, which you can read about below about below.
• iOS 11 on the iPad – most changed of all is the way iOS looks and feels on the iPad. This is a big development for Apple, as they are pushing hard to brand the iPad as a laptop replacement. Here are some of the more significant upgrades!
1) Files – the new Files app brings all your files together, allowing you to easily browse, search, and organize all your files in one place. This is especially convenient to locate files that live in iCloud Drive, but also works great with other services like Google Drive and Dropbox.
2) Dock – the iPad now has a Dock, much like on the Mac! The Dock is easily accessible with just a swipe up from the bottom of the screen, allowing you to quickly get you to your most recent apps or a set of apps of your choosing.
3) Multi-tasking – with Multi-tasking you can have multiple iPad apps on the screen at once. Activate Slide Over view by dragging an app from the dock to the left or right side of the screen, or drag the app to the furthest edge of the screen to activate Split Screen view.  
4) Drag & Drop – with Drag & Drop you can now drag an image from one app to another in either Split Screen or Slide Over view. 
5) Control Center – the Control Center has been wildly redesigned, as all of the controls can now be seen by swiping up from the bottom of the home screen, rather than having separate control and music panes when you swipe up. 

These are just a few of the great features and upgrades available in the new operating system, so if you're excited to learn more please feel free to book a session I'd be happy to show you the ropes!