What’s new in iOS 11 - iPad User Guide


Use the Dock any time. With a swipe up from the bottom of the screen, the Dock is available while you’re using any app. And you can customize it with more of your favorite apps. Favorite apps appear on the left side of the Dock, and suggested apps—like ones you opened recently and ones open on your iPhone or Mac—are on the right side. See Switch between apps.

The Dock showing five favorite apps on the left and three suggested apps on the right.

Work with more apps simultaneously. The Dock makes it easy to work with multiple apps at the same time. Drag an app out of the Dock to make a Slide Over, or drag it to the right or left edge of the screen to make a Split View. You can even work on one app in Slide Over, view two apps in Split View, and watch a movie or use FaceTime in Picture in Picture, all on the same screen. See Use multiple apps at the same time.

Two apps on the screen, with one app appearing in Slide Over.

Drag and drop between apps. Move text, photos, and files from one app to another. You can touch and move just about anything—or things—anywhere on the screen. See Drag and drop items.

A Split View with a webpage on the left and an email on the right. The ghost image of a text selection from the web page is being dragged to the email.

Find all your files in one place. In the new Files app, you can easily browse, search, and organize all your files. There’s even a dedicated place for your recent files. See View documents.

The Files app with the Browse sidebar on the left and folders for the iCloud Drive location on the right.

Enter numbers, punctuation, and symbols more quickly. Swipe down on a key without switching back and forth between keyboards. See Type and edit text.

Get to iMessage apps with fewer taps. With just a swipe, share stickers, emoji, and games with your friends, using the totally redesigned app drawer. See iMessage apps.

A Messages conversation with the app drawer at the bottom showing iMessage apps. The App Browser button is at the bottom left.

Live Photos are livelier than ever with new Live Photo effects. Turn a Live Photo you love into a continuous video loop, make it bounce back and forth, or capture time and movement in a long exposure. See Edit photos and trim videos.

A Live Photo screen with the Live Photo in the center. The Live button is in the lower-left corner, and the Sound button in the lower right. Beneath the Live Photo is the frame viewer with the Make Key Photo button active.

See your photos in a whole new light. Use new filters to make photos more expressive and skin tones more natural. Take great photos at a smaller file size using next-generation compression technology. See Edit photos and trim videos.

A photo with filter choices beneath. The Cancel button is in the lower left and the Done button is in the lower right.

Take a FaceTime Live Photo. During a FaceTime call, capture a special moment of your conversation. See Make and answer calls with FaceTime.

The FaceTime screen during a video call. Across the bottom are the Take Picture, End Call, and Mute buttons.

A redesigned App Store. See daily stories by experts, a dedicated Games tab, lists for all kinds of apps, and much more in the redesigned App Store. See App Store overview.

The App Store, with the Today button selected at the bottom and the Today screen showing information about a new app.

Ask Siri to do more. Siri is more expressive, with a new, more natural voice. With Apple Music, Siri can be your personal DJ. And Siri now translates phrases from English to Chinese, Spanish, French, German, and Italian (beta). See Make requests.

Discover music with a little help from your friends. Your friends can now help you discover new songs and artists. Each of you can have your own profile on Apple Music, where you can see playlists your friends have shared as well as albums and stations they frequently listen to. (Apple Music subscription required.) See what your friends are listening to.

The For You screen showing a user’s New Music Mix and My Favorites Mix playlists near the top and a Friends Are Listening To section below.

Take control of Control Center. You can customize the redesigned Control Center so you can change the settings for the things you do most. Want quick access to Apple TV? Add the Apple TV Remote. Want to see something up close with a tap? Add Magnifier. To unlock even more commands, touch and hold items in Control Center. See Control Center.

In an image of a screen on the left, a finger touches the Camera control in Control Center. In an image of a screen on the right, Control Center displays these options: Take Selfie, Record Video, Record Slo-mo, and Take Photo.

Get to your notifications from anywhere. To see your recent notifications, swipe down from the top of the screen, then swipe up from the center of the screen to see earlier ones. See Notifications.

Scan and sign documents in Notes. The Document Scanner automatically senses and scans a document in the Notes app, crops the edges, and removes any tilt or glare. If you have iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, you can use Apple Pencil to fill in the blanks or sign the document. See Scan a document.

A screen showing a document being scanned. The Take Picture button is at the middle of the right edge.

Mark it up. Annotate images, notes, PDFs, screenshots, and more with built-in drawing tools. In some apps, you can also add text, signatures, and speech bubbles and other shapes. If you have iPad Pro, you can draw with Apple Pencil. See Use Markup.

An image of a sofa is annotated in blue handwriting with the question “do you like this?” Drawing tools and color selections appear at the bottom of the screen. In the lower-right corner is a menu with choices to add text, shapes, and signatures, or to use the Magnifier.

Use indoor maps to find your way around the airport or mall. Whether you’re going on a shopping adventure or just searching for the nearest coffee shop, Maps makes your journey smoother. See Find places.

News is even more personal. News now shows top stories that are more relevant to you. Siri learns what interests you and suggests stories you might like. And a new Spotlight tab features stories related to a timely topic, chosen by Apple News editors. See For You.

Pencil that in. If you have iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, tap Apple Pencil on the Lock screen to start taking taking notes immediately. See Lock screen. And use Apple Pencil to draw and annotate directly in mail messages and notes. See Use Markup.

Quickly set up your new iPad. Hold your new iPad near an iOS device with iOS 11 and many of your personal settings, preferences, and iCloud Keychain passwords are quickly and securely imported. See Set up iPad.

Note: New features and apps may vary depending on the model of your iPad, your location, language, and carrier.