The twelve new features in iOS 11 coming to your iPad

iOS 11 features

In the recent WWDC iOS 11 features have been brought forward with host of updated and upgrades. So if you wish to upgrade your iPad to the final version of iOS 11 then here are the twelve new features that you can have hands on which are really remarkable making your working with iPad more easier and professional.

1. Navigate with Apple maps

Is you use Apple Maps often then in iOS 11 Maps are  introduced as 3D maps to help you navigate your local shopping centres, starting in major cities first, with others to follow, similar to the train info rollout. The same goes for airports, with indoor maps now available in iOS 11 for major hubs around the world, and more to follow later on.

Also if you use Apple Maps while driving, then  iOS 11 will finally introduce speed limits and lane guidance warnings for easier navigation while on the road. Like with Google Maps, Apple will be introducing a one-handed zoom option too.

2. Slide the control center and notification center

iOS 11 will streamline Control Center, putting all of the options in a single screen, including playback and Airpley controls. It will also include an improved vertical slider design for the brightness and volume controls. The Notification Center and lock screen will also be merged into a single screen under iOS 11, basically requiring users to scroll up or down to jump to notifications, instead of sideways.

3. Siri will help in translating now

In addition to visual improvements and more expressive male and female voice options, in iOS 11 Siri is getting improved translation skills, including English to Chinese, Italian, German, French and Spanish, with more languages enroute. Siri will also attempt to learn, on a per device basis, according to your interest, or needs, based on your location, or information you have already asked for.

4. Use Apple pay with a new iMessage app

iMessage remains one of the best mobile messaging platforms  and you can now use Apple Pay via a new iMessage app, with TouchID fingerprint authentication, to quickly send payments which are encrypted end-to-end to someone you’re chatting with. Using iCloud, iOS will now ensure your iMessages remain perfectly synced across all of your devices, and Apple continues to push its stickers feature with a redesigned app drawer that makes them easier to access.

5. Listen to Apple music with new features

With iOS 11 Apple Music will now let you creep on what your friends are listening to, or you can set all that to your own privacy. Apple Music will also have a Shared “Up Next” playlist so your friends can see what’s queued up at a party and make your own contributions to the mix.

6. Augmented reality on the show

While not immediately available to users when they upgrade to iOS 11, Apple is introducing a new backend tool for developers called ARKit, allowing them to take advantage of an iPhone or iPad’s camera, sensors, gyroscopes and other hardware to create and improve augmented reality experiences made popular by Pokemon GO.

7. Photography with filters in camera and photos

The iPad’s camera apps will be getting new photography filters under iOS 11, including a long-exposure effect for Live Photos for capturing dreamy, smeary images of things in motion, which should be perfect for waterfall photography enthusiasts. Live Photos can also be trimmed, and users can specify which frame of the short video can be used as for the still image.

To help maximise the storage space on your iPad which can’t be expanded, in iOS 11 is also introducing a new HEIF compression scheme, shrinking images better than JPEG can, with less compression. The same goes for video, with a new HEVC video codec.

8. Home kit and airplay 2 to control audio hardware

In addition to adding wireless speaker support to Apple’s Home app, HomeKit will introduce AirPlay 2 to control your audio hardware that supports multi-room playback, including the Apple TV, but not Sonos  at least for the time being.

9. Apple car play will do not disturb

Under iOS 11 using your mobile devices in the car will get a little safer by not letting you use them. Taking advantage of clever Bluetooth and Wi-Fi doppler effects to detect when you’re in a moving vehicle, CarPlay will automatically lock down your phone, giving you nothing but a blank screen to stare at. An auto-reply option for Messages will also be available under iOS 11, letting others know you’re not ignoring them, but are busy driving.

10. Find iPad dock, app switcher and keyboard improvements

iOS on the iPad brings some additional improvements and this includes the ability to cram even more app icons to the iPad’s dock, which can be accessed at any time, while any other app is open. The new iOS 11 iPad dock will also attempt to guess what apps you might need next, providing a suggestion at the end of the bar.

The iPad’s new App Switcher now looks a lot like the one found on OS X, allowing you to drag and drop clipboard contents, images or other files between open applications in split-view.

Also the best improvement made to the iPad’s UI under iOS 11 is the new QuickType functionality that allows punctuation, alternate characters and even numbers to be accessed from one keyboard by simply using small gestures atop each key.

11. Improved iPad Apple pencil support

The Apple Pencil was designed to go hand-in-hand with the monstrous iPad Pro, giving artists, designers and engineers a more authentic feeling of sketching on paper. But Apple is now expanding what the Pencil can be used for on the iPad, in standard apps such as Mail, Safari, screenshots and Notes with markup that allows users to easily make hand-drawn annotations

In Notes, iOS 11 will now even use machine learning to translate and index hand-written notes so they can be searched, or copied and pasted as editable text. Also it will serve as a rudimentary scanner, automatically straightening and converting documents captured using the iPad’s camera.

12. Files App to manage your files

Apple is finally giving iOS a dedicated File Manager app called Files. Files seem more useful as a central place to find or delete files for when your device runs out of storage space.But Files also has access to stuff you’ve stored on iCloud, and other online storage options including Dropbox, Box and Google Drive, so you don’t need to hop from app to app to find a document you need, which is potentially the most useful feature of the new Files app.

With these twelve features iPad functionality will surely improve in many ways and the final version of updates may carry few other new features too.