Apple iOS 11 beta tricks you need to try on the iPhone and iPad
The best features of iOS 11 beta: Some are big, some are small and some you should just check out.
The new Control Center is one panel, jam-packed with useful functions. It's easier to use, too.
Some areas have additional pop-outs, like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings.
Extra Control Center buttons can be added from a limited list in Settings. It can balloon to a weirdly large set.
Live Photos can now be edited: This is better than you think.
Live Photos can be turned into GIF-like loops with forward-reverse effects. Or, a new long-exposure effect works nicely with some motions.
The best part is that any shot in Live Photo can be turned into the key image to share with others.
One-handed keyboards squish everything to the right or left for easier one-hand access.
Enable this at the bottom of the keyboard, by pressing in on the Emoji button.
Scanning documents into Notes is a built-in feature now: It's helpful for receipts.
Screen recording can capture whatever you're doing, and add voice-over for instant how-to videos.
Siri is updated. She/he sounds different. It's strange!
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Siri also can translate into certain languages, for on-the-fly help speaking French, Italian, Spanish, German or Mandarin Chinese (but Siri doesn't always listen properly).
The new App Store has a News-like redesign, complete with articles. Meh.
The new App Store seems to value layout over discovering lots of apps at once.
iOS 11 on the iPad is a bigger set of changes. All of the above (except one-handed keyboards) work on the iPad, plus other big additions.
A new dock almost looks MacBook-like, and can hold way more apps (roughly 13-15, depending on your iPad screen size).
Apps can be dragged in and out as needed. The right-side set of three apps are Siri suggested based on recent use and what's open on your iPhone.
Other apps can be viewed in a Spaces mode that's also Mac-like. It replaces the stacked view of open apps in iOS 10.
Apps placed side-by-side in Split View mode can be kept together and picked again by swiping up.
The new Control Center is on the right side, complete with the same features as the iPhone.
Added Control Center buttons make it a more helpful alternative to visiting Settings.
Still, even more customization and control would be great.
Apps can be placed side by side, and new apps can be dragged into their place from the Dock.
If you really want to get crazy, a third app can be placed on top of the others on an iPad Pro.
Dragging and dropping files between apps is possible, but not always easy.
Photos can be dragged over and web links work. It doesn't work for every app, though.
Pencil-supported modes have grown a lot in iOS 11. Now it's easy to annotate a web page as a PDF.
Any screenshot can be turned into a markup-friendly file.
You still need to charge Pencil from the side of the iPad, though.
It's great for quick highlights and notes, but there still aren't ways to convert handwriting into text or make edits in documents.
A new Files app consolidates attachments and other files both locally and in cloud accounts. But it's not quite as versatile as a Mac or a PC.
The built-in on-screen keyboard has a clever swipe-down way of typing numbers and punctuation now, no Shift key required.
A quick flick types the top number or character.
The new App Store doesn't feel massively improved.
Will iOS 11 make the iPad a whole new experience? Maybe not, but it's a solid set of steps forward for Pro users.