iOS 11 was recently released for iPhone and iPad owners. The latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system includes some useful new features that allow you to multitask easier, especially on the iPad.
If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 11 yet, go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPad. If you have an older iPad, your device may not be compatible with the latest update—check out this list of iPad models compatible with iOS 11 (scroll to bottom of page for list).
iOS 11’s biggest innovation is bringing the Dock to mobile devices. If you’ve ever used a Mac, you’ll be familiar with the taskbar at the bottom of the screen that allows you to quickly switch between different apps. The Dock has made its way to iOS, and it behaves very similarly to its desktop counterpart—most notably, it can be accessed even while you’re using another app.
To reveal the Dock from any running app, simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen. On the left, you’ll see your favorite apps you’ve pinned to the Dock. On the right, you’ll see several recent or suggested apps you can quickly switch back to. You can add apps to the left side of the Dock by going to the home screen and dragging apps onto the Dock.
Control Center has been redesigned in iOS 11. To open it from the home screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. If you’re already in an app, do the same thing, but keep swiping after the Dock is revealed until the Control Center appears. (Alternately, you can do a short swipe once to reveal the Dock, then swipe again to reveal Control Center.)
The new Control Center shows your running apps as well as provides you with quick access to commonly used settings. You can hold down on some settings to expand them and see more options. If you want to customize what buttons appear in Control Center, go to Settings > Control Center.
You can close out of apps from the Control Center by swiping them vertically. If you tap on an empty space in the Control Center, you’ll be taken back to the home screen.
Split View & Slide Over
Another new feature introduced in iOS 11 is the ability to view two apps at once in a split-screen view. To use Split View, open one app, then open the Dock and drag the other app you’d like to view to either the right or left side of the screen. The second app will expand and take up roughly a third of the screen.
Drag the bar in the middle of the two apps to adjust the proportions of the Split View. If you want to remove an app from Split View, just drag the slider toward one side of the screen until the app disappears.
Certain apps also support running as a small window on top of other apps as a Slide Over. To create a Slide Over, drag an app above the Dock and release it. You can move the app’s position by dragging the small bar at the top to the right or left. Drag the app down and then to either side of the screen to create a Split View, or drag the app off the screen to the right to dismiss it. The Slide Over app can be reopened by swiping in from the right side of the screen.
Both Split View and Slide Over seem to be limited to apps located on your Dock, so it’s probably a good idea to put frequently used apps there.