5 Upcoming Updates That Will Change the Way You Use Your iPad

Apple is releasing a major update to the iPad in the Fall. What does that mean for you?

Earlier this month, Apple showed a preview of their annual update for iPhones and iPads - iOS 11, which will be released this fall. The upcoming release includes several major changes to the iPad.

Depending on your iPad model and how you use it, these changes may completely change the way you use your iPad or have no impact whatsoever.

Will I be able to update my iPad?

The update will be available on the following iPad models, released in the fall of 2013 or later, including:

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

If you own iPad generations 1-4 or the original iPad mini, then you are not able to download the iOS 11 update.

Change #1: Files

Image via www.iphonehacks.com.

Image via www.iphonehacks.com.

Accessing documents on the iPad (PDFs, text files, spreadsheets, presentations, etc. ) has always been a bit of a hassle. 

There are a variety of different apps that can be used to store documents such as Dropbox, Google Drive and iCloud Drive. But since most people have files in lots of different locations and programs, it resulted in a constant search for the right file.

In iOS 11, the Files app that will combine documents from every program on your iPad. You can easily browse, search, and organize all your files in one place.

Change #2: A New Control Center

The new Control Center makes it easier to switch between apps.

The new Control Center makes it easier to switch between apps.

Apple is also changing the way you move between apps by introducing a new Control Center. In iOS 11, from any screen, when you swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen, a redesigned Control Center will display.

The new Control Center displays your dock (the bottom row of apps on your home screen) and your recently used apps, making it easy to find the app you want. Additionally, the Control Center panel (right side of the screen) will display with options to adjust volume, brightness and other important settings. In iOS 11, users will also have the ability to customize which settings that display in Control Center. 

Change #3: Multi-tasking

In addition to making it easier to switch between apps, Apple is also introducing new ways to open multiple apps at one time. From within an app, you can open a second app directly from Control Center, and both will remain active at the same time.

Being able to use two apps at once is extremely useful in a variety of situations, especially for tasks such as researching a topic and taking notes simultaneously.

Change #4: Drag and Drop

With iOS 11, having multiple apps open at the same time will now be more helpful than ever because you can drag and drop content between. This means that you can drag photos directly into the Mail app, or drag a URL from Safari into a message with a friend.

Using multiple apps at once and dragging content between them will no doubt take some getting used to, but it will certainly make working on an iPad much more efficient.

Change #5: Augmented Reality (AR)

Augment reality is coming to select iPhone and iPad models in iOS 11. Augment Reality (often refered to as "AR") is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world. Many companies are already exploring use cases for this technology, including:

  • Maps - Mapping applications are developing the ability to use your camera to discover specific types of shops, stores and other local businesses. 
Image via bgr.com

Image via bgr.com


  • Home - Ikea is rumored to be working on an AR app that allows potential buyers to see what furniture would look like their homes. By opening the camera, users can position the virtual furniture in their homes. According to 9to5Mac, the furniture models will be incredibly precise, so you won't mistake a dog sofa for a human sofa: "Apple's AR technology is so good that the positioning of products will be 'millimeter precise,' with sizes and lighting completely accurate."


  • Games - There are also several game developers that are creating apps that allow users to play in three dimensions. Apple provides a demo of this technology at their developers conference.

AR capabilities will only be available on the latest model iPads, including the 5th generation iPad and Pro models.

Generation Connect will be designing a user guide for the new operating system. Not interested in changing? Check out the article - Technology Solutions for People That Don't Like Change.