5 New iPad-Specific Features on iOS 11 That will Boost Your Productivity

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by: - Last updated on: September 26th, 2020

Along with a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, Apple also introduced a slew of significant new iPad-specific features they have added to iOS 11 from drag and drop while multitasking, a new file explorer and a whole lot more. In this article, we highlight the top five of them.

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Drag and Drop

As rumored previously, Apple has added support for drag and drop to the iPad’s multi-window mode. Now, you can simply pick up a text, URL or an image from one window and place it on another. Ofcourse, developers will need to update their apps for this, however, this is a substantial step forward which was missing from iOS and is already present on Microsoft Windows.

A Much Wider and Omnipresent Dock

Additionally, you can now add a lot more apps to the dock and it even automatically adds a few at the end based on your previous actions and current context. Furthermore, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen and access the dock any time for quicking switching between applications. These will open in an entirely dedicated floating window, however, you can long-press for pinning them.

Redesigned Multitasking View

The window which appears when you double-tap the home button has been overhauled as well for better productivity. For starters, it now shows active apps in smaller windows which makes a lot more sense as compared to the previous interface. Moreover, there will be also a panel of control center on the side if you’d like to access any toggles.

File Explorer

After all these years, Apple is finally adding a file explorer on iOS, although it’s limited to the iPad as of now. Just as you’d expect, the Files app will let you browse through your local and cloud files, categorize them in folders, tags and more. Additionally, the app supports third-party services such as Dropbox and Google Drive and hence, you can directly exchange data between them. You can also use both of your hands to select multiple files, integrate with the rest of the interface, basically, it’s a well thought out app which is built to boost your productivity.

Improvements to Apple Pencil

Lastly, there are some remarkable improvements to Apple Pencil and its integration with the operating system. Tapping on the lock screen now takes you directly to the Notes app. Furthermore, anything you can scribble in there can be searched through Spotlight as iOS 11 uses machine learning for analyzes your written text even if you have an ugly handwriting. You can now doodle on screenshots as well and there’s a new document scanner in the Notes application, which allows documents to be easily digitized and written on all in one place.

Those were some of the most important additions to iOS 11 for iPads. Let us know in the comments section if we missed any good ones.

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