The latest iOS update has exciting new iPad features.
Apple comes out with a major software update once a year, and with the iOS 11 update in 2017, they've add some great new features that help you do even more with iPad.
It’s now much easier to truly multi-task on your iPad, and with the ability to organize and access files from multiple source in the new Files App these updates may even make you put away your laptop.
Here are four ways to be more productive with your iPad in iOS 11:
1 - Dock
The Dock is a new feature that enhances the bottom row of apps to make them accessible on any screen, allowing you to quickly access and switch apps.
To access the dock, drag your finger up from the bottom edge of any screen. Drag partially up (just to the top of the dock) and the app you’re working on will remain open. Drag up to the middle of the screen and you’ll see the new app switcher and control center.
You can easily add more apps to the dock by dragging an app into the dock. You’ll also see recently used or Siri app suggestions (you can turn this on or off in settings).
With your most frequently used apps in the dock, and you’ll rarely have to go back to the home screen to open an app.
2 - Split View
Split View has been available on the iPad since iOS 9 in September of 2015, but with the new Dock, it makes true multi-tasking much easier.
Note - Split view is available on the iPad mini 4, the iPad Air 2, the fifth-generation iPad, and all iPad Pro models.
To use Split View, open an app and then swipe up from the bottom of the screen to view the Dock. Select another app and drag it from the Dock, to the right or left side of your screen.
Both apps are open and active, allowing you to drag items (like pictures and files) from one app into another.
You can move the Split View app to the right or left side by pressing near the title to drag to the new location. You can also change the proportion of the split by grabbing the divider bar and dragging left or right.
3 - Slide Over
Slide Over has been available on the iPad since iOS 10 in September of 2016, but with the new Dock, it’s easier than ever to use Slide Over.
Note - Slide Over is available on iPad 2 mini and later, iPad Air and later, and all iPad Pro models.
In Slide Over, the second app stays put, no matter what you’re doing on your iPad. It’s more of a pop-up over on top of the main app you’re using.
Both Apps are active and can be used at the same time.
Slide Over is a great way to keep your Notes App handy, or to keep your Photos App open so you can easily share photos in Messages, Mail, and other apps.
4 - Files App
With the iOS 11 update, you’ll find the new Files app (looks like a file folder) that makes It’s easier than ever to work on files on your iPad without using iCloud Drive.
If you manage your files on your computer using Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box, you’ll be happy to know you can now access your files in one place, with the same folders and organization structure you’re used to on your computer.
When you combine access to your files, with Apps that are available on the iPad like Microsoft Office for iPad (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Google Apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides) and Apple’s (Pages, Numbers, Keynote), many people are one step closer to ditching their computer.
As you can see, with these new productivity features now available for iPad, you'll no longer need to use your computer for these tasks.
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