Apple has relatively ignored the iPad in the last few major iOS updates. Most of the new features introduced in iOS 9 and iOS 10 were more geared towards iPhone owners. This makes sense due to slumping tablet sales, but the iPad has seen a bit of a resurgence in the last few months. There was a slight bump in iPad sales last quarter, and this year Apple refreshed its tablet lineup with a couple of updated models and a new 10-inch Pro version.
Apple this week released the fourth iOS 11 beta to the general public and the fifth build to developers. iPhone and iPad owners who are part of the beta program can update now by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. You can learn how to join Apple's beta program here.
Apple's Beta Software Program allows iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Apple Watch owners the ability to test-drive pre-release software before its official release. While it can be fun to get the newest iOS features before everyone else, early betas can feature annoying bugs. iPhone and iPad owners should make sure they really want the new software before installing, or wait for later builds.
Apple today has released the third public iOS 11 beta and the fourth iOS 11 developer beta. The third beta features some slight cosmetic changes for the iPad, such as new animations in Multitasking mode, a bug fix that allows you to add apps to an app folder stored in your dock, and the ability to view older notifications by swiping down to open Notification Center.
The fourth beta includes a new splash screen and app icon for the Notes app, a new splash screen for the Photos app, some new icons and icon updates and more. The splash pages detail all the new features found in the Notes and Photos apps in iOS 11.
After the Unicode Consortium announced Unicode 10.0 with 56 new emoji, Apple unveiled which characters will be officially added to iOS 11 this fall. "New emoji include Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person and Breastfeeding, and food items such as Sandwich and Coconut," according to the Apple Newsroom.
Other notable emoji coming to all iOS devices, macOS and watchOS include a T-Rex, Zombie, Elf, Exploding Head and Vomit Face.
After being relatively ignored for the last couple years, Apple has finally shown the iPad some love in iOS 11. The company on Monday previewed the new OS at WWDC in San Jose, California alongside macOS High Sierra and other products. The official tagline for iOS 11 reads: "A giant step for iPhone. A monumental leap for iPad." Apple promises that iOS 11 will make your "iPad experience even more powerful and personal." Here's how:
Apple today announced that its Worldwide Developers Conference will return to San Jose, California on June 5. The WWDC had been held in San Francisco since 2003. The conference will run from June 5-9 at the McEnery Convention Center.