Category Archives: iOS 11

The App Store in iOS 11- More Than a Fresh Coat of Paint

I’ve been using iOS 11 on my iPad Pro since I got my new 12.9” model, but I held off installing it on my iPhone until last week. I absolutely rely on my phone when I am in the field at work, and couldn’t afford outages, crashes, or widespread app incompatibility. I waited until I was sure that none of those issues would drag me down, and I’m glad that I did. I’ve had a good experience with 11 on my phone, so far.

iOS 11 is a far bigger and more wide-reaching upgrade on the iPad than the iPhone, so not too much jumped out at me at first beyond the new Control Center. However, once I started using it, the App Store quickly became the most notable difference for me between iOS 10 and 11 on the small screen. While I had looked through the App Store a bit on my iPad and updated my apps, I really didn’t notice how big a difference the new design made until I started using it on the iPhone, with its single-column layout.

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iOS 11 Beta 4 for Developers Has Been Released

If you have been running the Developer Beta rather than the Public version, its that time again. We should be around half-way to the final release version of iOS 11, and it has come along way to this point. The stability has noticeably improved, more and more apps are working properly worth it now, and there are some solid features and improvements, as well.

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The iPhone 8- Touch ID is Not the Same as the Headphone Jack


I have taken a pretty hard stance of avoiding all of the too-early to mean anything rumor madness surrounding the coming iPhone 8. We are getting close to the point where the rumors will start to become more and more consistent as the device that will become the new flagship iPhone heads toward final production. Until then, we still have a few back and forth debates raging over whether certain features will be either disabled at release to be turned on with a later update, or cut from the device altogether. I discussed three of these features in question in yesterday’s article, The iPhone 8- A “Sense of Panic” Might Be Just What the Doctor Ordered, and Touch ID was among them.

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The iPhone 8- A “Sense of Panic” Might Be Just What the Doctor Ordered


I read an article by Mark Sullivan of Fast Company today about rumors of a “sense of panic” surrounding unfinished hardware and software features of the coming iPhone 8. There has been absolutely no shortage of rumors about this device, and that will only get worse as we get closer to the Fall, so that doesn’t make this piece remarkable. However, most of those rumors are coming from leaks in the supply chain overseas. The difference here is that Mr Sullivan is actually claiming that this information is coming from a source from within Apple. Whatever you think about that, the article itself is far more balanced and informative than most iPhone 8 rumor pieces, so I recommend taking the time to read it.

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Apple Has Released Access to the iOS 11 Public Beta

Have you been eagerly waiting these last three weeks to get your hands on iOS 11? Well wait no more. Get moving and downloading to get your hands on Apple’s latest and greatest- the iOS 11 Public Beta!

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iOS 11 Tips: Using Drag and Drop in Safari to Open Split View


A few weeks ago, I wrote a Tips and Tricks article on how to open and use Safari Split View windows. It’s a very handy feature, with its only drawback being that, if you don’t know where to look and how to activate it, you could easily overlook it and never know it exists.

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iOS 11 Multitasking is Already Fairly Polished and Very Powerful


I finally broke down and loaded the iOS 11 first beta on my new 12.9″ iPad Pro this weekend. Unfortunately, with this being the first version of the beta, doing so has pretty much rendered this device useless other than for testing the new OS. Several apps are crashing, and there are plenty of rough edges, just as you would expect for a beta release at this juncture. However, one thing I have noticed is that Multitasking is actually pretty polished, even in this initial release. Multitasking has triggered a few crashes, but it is stable for the most part, and the scrolling, gestures, and motions are all fluid and work well.

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iOS 11 Wishlist- Taking Siri Seriously


When Apple bought SRI International in 2010 and subsequently integrated the technology from their app Siri into iOS 5 in 2011, they took an early lead in the race to provide advanced voice assistance on mobile devices. However, as has been the case many other times when Apple took a step forward in the smartphone space, the competition quickly closed the gap. They caught up to the capacitive screen, the multi-touch interface, the Retina display, and eventually Siri,  as well.

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