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I believe Apple had the right priorities all along. Their competitors embraced customization in order to differentiate their operating systems from iOS. Instead of focusing on customization, Apple focused their efforts on multimedia and graphics performance. Apps such as Cubase, GarageBand and countless games are exclusive to iOS, due to its superior multimedia and graphics performance.
Apple is slowly adding more customization to iOS. With iOS 11, Control Center is now customizable. While you can’t yet install controls from third-party developers, I expect this to change eventually. For now, users can add additional controls and change the order of these controls. I was able to add the Apple TV Remote app to Control Center. Users can add Accessibility Shortcuts, the Magnifier, Screen Recording and other controls to Control Center. Tap on Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls to add, delete or rearrange controls.
Use the Apple TV Remote App
The Apple Remote app has been around for a long time. It actually predates Apple TV and was originally used to control iTunes. This app was never any good, until now. The new Apple TV Remote app is completely different and created solely to control an Apple TV. The iTunes Home Sharing functionality has been stripped away. Instead, the new Remote app is designed just to control Apple TV, and it does this very well. In addition to providing full control of your Apple TV, it allows users to issue Siri requests. You can even use it to play games. After about a decade, Apple finally delivered a decent remote app for Apple TV. I still prefer the Siri Remote, however, if I happen to break it, at least I have a decent replacement.
Use iOS 11 Multitasking
Multitasking has been dramatically improved with iOS 11. When you create a multitasked pair of apps, this instance is preserved until you close it. If you use Safari and Notes together, they will stay together until you close the pair of apps using the App Switcher. The App Switcher even shows the thumbnail of both apps together.
The Dock also facilitates Multitasking in iOS 11. Instead of sliding over the Multitasking panel from the right (which often conflicted with typing), users can now drag an app out of the dock and onto another app. This will merge the two app views in different ways, depending on the apps and how you initiate Multitasking.
Shut Down iPad From Settings
Prior to iOS 11, users had fo shut down their iPad using the sleep/wake button. While there is nothing wrong with doing that, it does put wear and tear on the device. I actually try to avoid using the moving parts on my devices as much as possible. I notice that the Home button on my old iPhone 4 is starting to become unresponsive. I don’t use it much anymore, however, it is the canary in the coal mine. As well made as they are, Apple device won’t last forever. Apple is trying to eliminate these points of failure by removing buttons and ports. Future iOS devices will likely have no moving parts. Until that day, if you want to make your iPad last longer, I recommend shutting it down by tapping on Settings > General > Shut Down. next page →