Earlier this month, Apple announced a major revamp of its popular operating system. For the iPhone, it’s the brand new iOS 11. For the Mac, it’s the High Sierra in its 10.13 iteration.
While the focus is not on the Mac as the High Sierra is still listed as “coming soon”, Apple right now begin seeding the next version of iOS 11 in its beta form. Just as a reminder, the beta is at your own risk. You can download it, tinker with it and sends bug reports to Apple.
Last year, I began moving away from my Android and Windows devices with acquisition of iPod Touch 5th generation (which I bought back in 2016) and a second-hand iPad 2 mini back in March 2017. Apple has a very bright future and I thought it was a time to move on. (Even Mondi Ess jumped into the Apple bandwagon), so another reason to get an iPhone 6 S as quickly as possible.
iOS 11 is certainly more feature-heavy. It contains an all-new Control Center, notifications work differently, drag and drop, and there’s a new Files app. There are also a number of iPad-specific improvements, such as a new dock that allows you to fit many more apps on it, and a new way of implementing Slideover and Split View. In fact, you can now combine Split View and Slideover to show three apps on the screen at once.
There are also some photo editing improvements. You can now trim live photos, and when you take a screenshot, you’ll be able to tap a thumbnail to go to a screen where you can crop it or write on it.
You can sign up for Apple’s Public Beta Program here, or if it’s still too early for you, you can wait a couple of weeks until the next build is out. The updates will be generally available this fall, likely at the end of September.