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iOS 11 offers a completely overhauled interface for managing storage space. Tap on Settings > General > iPad Storage to view the main screen. There is a new feature which allows users to offload unused apps. This will save app data, but delete the app from your device. If you choose to re-install the app, your data will be preserved. Brilliant!
Users can also drill down into individual apps and offload them, while retaining app data. Individual apps offer new ways to reduce storage footprint. These new storage management features are essential for the iPad user on a budget.
While you’re busy freeing up space on your iPad, it’s a good opportunity to get rid of all those old 32 bit apps that are now incompatible. They’re just taking up space and you can always reinstall them if the developer ever creates a 64 bit version. Tap on Settings > General > About > Applications to view incompatible apps.
Siri continues to get smarter over time. With iOS 11, Siri can now translate from English to Mandarin, Italian, German, French or Spanish. Siri can even speak the translation for you. Don’t delete your translation app just yet. Siri can’t translate the other way around and doesn’t offer as many languages as most third-party translation apps. I’ve had pretty good results with SayHi Translate. But for occasional usage, Siri works well enough for most people. Siri’s translation capabilities will expand and improve over time.
Use Your iPad as an Alarm Clock
As more people transition to smartphones and tablets, the alarm clock has gradually become obsolete. The Bedtime feature in iOS 11 provides one of the best alarm clocks available.
After going through the initial setup process, Bedtime will send you a reminder when it’s time to go to bed. You are awakened gradually by a variety of musical alarms. You can easily adjust the alarm, which retains your desired amount of sleep time. You can even track your sleep time with HealthKit. The Bedtime feature is available within the Clock app.
Put Your iPad in Dark Mode
Dark mode has been noticeably absent from iOS for a few years. The Mac and Apple TV already offer this feature. While iOS 11 doesn’t officially offer dark mode, this feature can be accessed through Accessibility options. Tap on Settings > General > Accessibility > Display Accommodations > Invert Colors to switch to “dark mode”. Inverting colors has been possible on iOS for year. The difference is that, with iOS 11, colors are only inverted within iOS UI elements, not web pages, images or other media. It no longer looks like photo negatives. For all intents and purposes, this is dark mode, even if they don’t call it that. next page →