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iOS 11 offers several new features, especially for the iPad. This article features a collection of iOS 11 tips for the iPad.
I’ve always been a staunch critic of the iPad. iPad fans claim the device is superior to a computer, which simply makes me question their computing needs. The iPad is not a replacement for a computer. You don’t see rows of iPads in corporate cube farms. Hollywood movie studios and professional recording studios aren’t replacing their Macs with iPads. It’s not yet possible to write, compile, test and deploy software projects on an iPad. There are some cute app generators capable of creating apps with limited functionality, but it is nothing like writing code on a Mac.
The iPad still isn’t a replacement for a computer, but iOS 11 makes the device far more capable. In fact, I would even suggest that the average office worker could get most of their work done on an iPad, although with sub-optimal ergonomics. An iPad also costs more than the inexpensive computers equipping most offices. But I digress. The iPad is slowly becoming a much more capable device. iOS 11 is a huge release for the iPad, yet only offers small, incremental improvements for the iPhone.
Should I Upgrade My iPad to iOS 11?
iOS releases used to be rock solid the day they were launched. This is unusual in the tech industry. Most “.0” releases are dangerously defective. Unfortunately, Apple couldn’t sustain this level of quality for long. As iOS becomes more complex and competition drives Apple to cram numerous features into each release, initial iOS releases as less stable than they used to be. The last great “.0” iOS release was iOS 6.0. iOS 7 started to show some decline in initial quality. iOS 8.0 was so buggy, I decided to postpone iOS updates until they released a few patches.
I did not upgrade to iOS 11 the day it was launched. I waited until iOS 11.0.3 was released. It was worth the wait. I find this release to be very stable, but not perfect. Spotlight search has become smarter in some ways, but not when it comes to launching apps. This is my main disappointment with iOS 11. I use Spotlight to launch apps. It used to be very smart. I could just type in a few letters of an app and it would quickly appear at the top of the list. With iOS 11, I have to enter the entire name of the app and scroll down to launch it. Spotlight doesn’t learn. After several attempts, I still need to enter the full name of the app. Fortunately, the larger Dock ameliorates this flaw.
There are also some other minor issues. I just tried to update all of my apps. Tapping “Update All” didn’t work at all on the first attempt. It just refreshed the screen. It worked on the second attempt. Honestly, the App Store has had these quirks for a long time. This is par for the course, as most of Apple’s built-in apps are garbage. Unfortunately, there is no substitute for the App Store. Litigation may change that, as Apple’s monopoly on iOS apps is starting to be questioned by members of Congress.
These are all minor issues. iOS 11 actually fixes some major annoyances I experienced with iOS 10. I hated the way the multitasking side bar would pop up while typing. This was a bug. Nothing I did was even close to swiping out from the side of the screen. All too often, pressing any key on the right side of the screen would instantiate the multitasking interface. I type very fast and it completely destroyed my flow and train of thought. It was even more obnoxious than iOS 8, where pressing the delete key would often launch the attachments interface. Apple finally provided iPad users with a keyboard that “just works”. It only took them three years to fix it. Overall, iOS 11 finally solves some of the most obnoxious quirks of this modern and mature mobile operating system. If you haven’t upgraded yet, do it today. You’ll love it. next page →