iOS 11

How to use the improved Dock on your iPad in iOS 11 (and later)

iOS 11 iPad Dock

After installing iOS 11 iPad owners will want to familiarize themselves with the redesigned Dock. To access the Dock just swipe up from the bottom of your display at anytime on your iPad. This includes when you're using any apps or from any other screens, like the Home screen.

You can add up to 13 permanent apps to your Dock by using the new Drag and Drop feature in iOS 11. Just drag whatever app you want to the Dock and it will be added for quick access. Continuing to swipe up once the Dock is open will open your Control Center and the new multitasking interface. The Dock also includes 3 suggested apps in addition to your manually added 13. You can disable suggested apps by following these instructions.

iOS 11 iPad Dock walkthrough

iOS 11 Dock

Apple has finally shown the iPad some much needed love by adding several new iPad-specific features to iOS 11. One of the more talked about additions are the new abilities found in the iPad Dock. iPad users running iOS 11 or later will be able to access the iPad Dock anywhere on their tablet. This includes the Home screen, App Switcher and even while using other apps. This means users can now easily switch between apps by simply swiping up from the bottom of their display at anytime on their iPad.


Apple releases six new 'how to' iPad videos for iOS 11

Apple has relatively ignored the iPad in the last few major iOS updates. Most of the new features introduced in iOS 9 and iOS 10 were more geared towards iPhone owners. This makes sense due to slumping tablet sales, but the iPad has seen a bit of a resurgence in the last few months. There was a slight bump in iPad sales last quarter, and this year Apple refreshed its tablet lineup with a couple of updated models and a new 10-inch Pro version.


Apple releases fourth iOS 11 public beta and fifth developer beta

iOS 11 Preview

Apple this week released the fourth iOS 11 beta to the general public and the fifth build to developers. iPhone and iPad owners who are part of the beta program can update now by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. You can learn how to join Apple's beta program here.

Apple's Beta Software Program allows iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Apple Watch owners the ability to test-drive pre-release software before its official release. While it can be fun to get the newest iOS features before everyone else, early betas can feature annoying bugs. iPhone and iPad owners should make sure they really want the new software before installing, or wait for later builds.


Apple launches third public iOS 11 beta

Notes iOS 11

Apple today has released the third public iOS 11 beta and the fourth iOS 11 developer beta. The third beta features some slight cosmetic changes for the iPad, such as new animations in Multitasking mode, a bug fix that allows you to add apps to an app folder stored in your dock, and the ability to view older notifications by swiping down to open Notification Center.

The fourth beta includes a new splash screen and app icon for the Notes app, a new splash screen for the Photos app, some new icons and icon updates and more. The splash pages detail all the new features found in the Notes and Photos apps in iOS 11.


Apple previews new iOS 11 emoji

iOS 11 Emoji

After the Unicode Consortium announced Unicode 10.0 with 56 new emoji, Apple unveiled which characters will be officially added to iOS 11 this fall. "New emoji include Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person and Breastfeeding, and food items such as Sandwich and Coconut," according to the Apple Newsroom.

Other notable emoji coming to all iOS devices, macOS and watchOS include a T-Rex, Zombie, Elf, Exploding Head and Vomit Face.

Apple shows the iPad some love with iOS 11

iPad iOS 11

After being relatively ignored for the last couple years, Apple has finally shown the iPad some love in iOS 11. The company on Monday previewed the new OS at WWDC in San Jose, California alongside macOS High Sierra and other products. The official tagline for iOS 11 reads: "A giant step for iPhone. A monumental leap for iPad." Apple promises that iOS 11 will make your "iPad experience even more powerful and personal." Here's how:

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