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How to Use the New Files App in iOS 11

The new Files app in iOS 11 replaces iCloud Drive, offers a lot more functionality than its predecessor, and provides perhaps the best argument yet for using an iPad as your go-to mobile computer.

In Files, you have access not only to the files stored on your device and in iCloud, but also to those stored in third-party services that support integration with the app. Files also exploits all of the new multitasking gestures in iOS 11, making its file organization capabilities even more powerful.

The Files Interface

The Files app interface is very straightforward, although it varies from device to device and based on orientation, with various combinations using multiple columns, single columns with pages, or pop-overs. For the purposes of this overview, we’ll look at using an iPad in landscape orientation, the most common setup for those doing productivity work.

Down the left side of the screen, in the Browse column, are links to your file sources, Favorites, and Tags to view files that are tagged with a particular color.


Over in the main window you’ll see the files and folders in the selected location, which you can view by name, date, size, or tags. There’s a button on the right of these options that you can tap to switch between list and icon view, while the button on the left lets you create a new folder.

At the bottom of the screen are two buttons to switch between the default Browse view and a Recents view, which is useful for returning to the files you were last working with.


In either view, you can open a file in the main window simply by tapping it, or you can perform a long press on a file or folder to access a range of options, including rename, share, tag, favorite, and more. However, the best thing about the Files app is that you can organize multiple files quickly and easily by utilizing the new drag-and-drop features exclusive to iOS 11.

Moving Files With Drag and Drop

  1. Tap and hold a file you want to move, and it will expand slightly, ready to follow your finger around the screen.
  2. To move additional files, tap them while holding the original file and they will stack up underneath your finger.
  3. Keeping the same finger on the screen, use another finger – preferably one on your other hand – to browse the Files interface and locate a destination folder for the selected files.
  4. With the destination folder open, simply lift your finger from the screen to drop the files inside.

There’s nothing to stop you from using iOS 11 drag-and-drop gestures to take files out of the Files app and move them into other iOS apps, as long as the app in question supports the file type. You might drag an image file into the Photos app to add it to your Photos Library, for example.

Organizing Your Files Manually

If you’re uncomfortable using drag-and-drop gestures, you can organize your files using more traditional touch controls. Here’s how.

  1. Navigate to the folder containing the files you want to work with, and tap the Select button at the top-right of the screen.
  2. The Browse column will dim to put the focus on the currently selected folder. From here, you can tap one or more files to add a check mark against them indicating they’ve been selected for an action. A list of possible actions will appear along the bottom of the screen, including the option to duplicate or delete the file(s).
  3. Tap “Share” to bring up the iOS Share sheet, where you can send the file(s) to other people or apps, as well as access copy, print, and other actions.
  4. Tap the “Move” option and the Files app will present you with a directory tree, allowing you to navigate to the desired location for the file or files you’ve selected.

Tagging Documents

Using tags in the new Files app will help you locate particular files more easily, and they work much the same as tags do in macOS. As you’d expect, tapping a colored tag in the Browse column shows you all the files you’ve assigned that particular tag. To tag a file or folder, simply tap and hold it, and then drag it onto a tag in the sidebar.

Linking Third-Party Storage Services

If you install a third-party storage app on your iOS device, it should automatically appear in the Files app under the Locations list. If the service doesn’t appear, then it doesn’t yet support Files integration. Services that do support Files app integration include Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Transmit, with more to come soon.

Related Roundup: iOS 11
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‘IKEA Place’ Augmented Reality Furniture App Hits the App Store

Following the release of iOS 11, IKEA’s much-anticipated augmented reality app has been released on the App Store.

Called IKEA Place, the app lets you browse through a wide selection of IKEA products, all of which can be placed right in your home us…

What’s New in Maps in iOS 11: Indoor Mapping, Lane Guidance and Speed Limits

The Maps app in iOS 11 is outfitted with several new features that significantly improve the app’s functionality. Indoor maps let you find restaurants, bathrooms, and other locations in airports and malls, while other new features like speed limits and…

How to Use the iPad App Switcher in iOS 11

On the iPad, iOS 11 merges the Control Center with the App Switcher as part of an overhauled interface that’s meant to put more of a focus on multitasking. The update also adds new ways to access the App Switcher and it brings new, enhanced app switching functionality.

Accessing the App Switcher

  1. On the Home screen, simply swipe up to bring up the App Switcher.
  2. Within an app, swipe up to bring up the dock and continue the swipe further to access the App Switcher.
  3. Alternatively, the App Switcher can still be accessed by a double press on the Home button.

The new App Switcher displays the Control Center options on the right side of the screen, the dock at the bottom of the screen, and your most recently used apps in a tiled view with large icons so you can see exactly what’s open. Swipe left and right to see all of the apps you have open and tap to choose one.


When you open two apps at once using multitasking functionality, the app arrangements are preserved in the App Switcher, so you can quickly switch between multiple multitasking windows with a simple swipe and tap.

Closing Apps

There’s normally no need to close apps on iOS because Apple manages the device’s power needs and keeps apps from using resources when not in use, but if you need to close an app, here’s how:

  1. Bring up the App Switcher.
  2. Swipe upwards on any app to close it.

As mentioned earlier, the App Switcher is linked to the Control Center. You can change what’s displayed in the Control Center portion of the App Switcher by going to Settings –> Control Center –> Customize Controls.

Related Roundup: iOS 11

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Kuo: If Face ID is ‘Well Received,’ It’s Likely 2018 iPhones Will Fully Adopt TrueDepth Camera

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo this afternoon published a new research note for investors where he speculates about what Apple might do in future iPhones regarding Touch ID and Face ID. Investors, like many of us, are curious whether Apple plans t…

Drag and Drop Apps for iPad Now Widely Rolling Out on App Store

iOS 11 brings systemwide drag and drop to iPad, providing users with a quick way to move text, images, files, and more from one app to another.


Over the past few days, leading up to today’s launch of iOS 11, a number of iPad apps have been updated to support the functionality.

Todoist

You can now drag text messages, URLs, emails, images, PDFs, files, and more into Todoist, a popular task management app for iOS.

  • Dropping in a project, label, or filter view will create a new task.
  • Dropping in the comment screen will start a new comment pre-populated with the relevant information.
  • Dropping in the Quick Add button will start a new task pre-populated with the relevant information.

    Todoist is free on the App Store [Direct Link] with the option to upgrade to Todoist Premium for $28.99 per year.

    Zipped

    Eytan Schulman, a three-time WWDC Scholarship winner, is releasing a modern archiving utility called Zipped with drag and drop support.

    iPad users can simply drag and drop files onto Zipped’s cardboard box icon to zip/compress or unzip/uncompress them.

  • Quickly open a ZIP file and selectively share or save the contents.
  • Files can be named manually or automatically.
  • Save your compressed or uncompressed files to the Files app on your iOS device, share them to any app, or send them via AirDrop.

    Zipped currently supports the following file types, with more to come: zip, .png, .jpg, .html, .pages, .docx, .pdf, .numbers, .xlsx, .pptx, .rtf, .txt, .mp4, .mov, .aiff, .mp3, .wav, .psd, .caf, .md, .csv, .json, and .js.

    Zipped should be available on the App Store [Direct Link] for 99 cents later today or by tomorrow at the latest.

    1Password

    You can now drag and drop your 1Password-generated username and password right into login fields while in Split View.


    You can also drag and drop other items like credit card numbers and contact information from 1Password into web fields.

    1Password is free on the App Store [Direct Link]. A subscription costs $3.99 per month or $35.99 per year.

    Others

  • 1Writer
  • Airmail
  • Astro
  • Castro
  • Things 3
  • Bear
  • Procreate
  • Terminology Dictionary
  • GoodNotes 4



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    Related Roundup: iOS 11

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  • Procreate 4 for iPad Offers New Painting Engine, Layer Masks, Drag and Drop, and More

    Popular iPad painting and sketching app Procreate was today updated to version 4, offering an overhauled experience that provides improvements to the app’s core elements and introduces support for iOS 11.

    Procreate 4 adopts support for Metal 2, Swift 4, and Core Video, introducing a new Silica M painting engine that’s been engineered with better color depth, more fluid and accurate painting, and faster performance.


    A new brush engine and interface allows for new effects and settings, and there’s a new, faster smudge tool for smudging and mixing paint along with a new wet painting experience. Blending colors in Procreate 4 is 250 times more accurate than in the previous-generation Procreate app.


    Layer Masks have been added in Procreate 4 for non-destructive image modifications, and there are new Brush Blend Modes, with support for applying existing blend modes to any brush.

    When using the Apple Pencil, there’s a new Bleed setting, and the Tilt and Sketching brushes available with the accessory offer better realism and responsiveness.

    With Drag and Drop support, multiple paintings can be dragged out of the app into another for sharing, and brushes and palettes can be dragged in. Layers can be dragged as individual images, and images taken directly from the web browser can be quickly dragged into Procreate for faster editing.


    Other improvements include P3 Wide Color support, a new color interface to make it easier to switch between colors, a new interface for image adjustments, and a new gallery for managing artwork and interacting with the Files app.

    Procreate 4 can be downloaded from the App Store for $9.99. [Direct Link]

    Tag: Procreate

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    Cellular Over-the-Air App Download Limit Increased to 150 MB

    Following the launch of iOS 11, Apple today announced that it has increased the cellular over-the-air app download limit from 100 MB to 150 MB, meaning users can now download apps and app updates that are as large as 150 MB over a cellular connection.

    Apple Updates iOS iWork Apps With Drag and Drop Support, Other iOS 11 Features [Update: Mac Apps Too]

    Following the release of iOS 11, Apple today updated its iWork line of iOS apps with support for the new update. There are new versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote available today, all with new features like Drag and Drop support.

    All three apps …

    How to Use the New iPad Dock in iOS 11

    iOS 11 is an update that brings a much improved user experience to the iPad, and front and center is a new dock. The new dock not only houses far more apps, much like the dock on the Mac, but it also much improves multitasking by allowing iPad users to quickly open apps and switch between them.

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    The dock is persistent and can be pulled up within any app at any time with an upwards swipe, a gesture that used to be reserved for the Control Center. A swipe up now opens up the dock, but you can still get to the Control Center and the App Switcher (now one and the same) by continuing to pull in an upwards direction. Swipe downwards to hide the dock.

    Adding and Removing Apps on the Dock

    There’s only one step required to add an app to the dock. Simply hold a finger over any app on your display for a second and then drag it down to the dock. This will add the app’s icon to the dock.


    The dock can hold anywhere from 11 (iPad mini) to 15 (12.9-inch iPad Pro) apps in total on this side of the dock, more than double the number that fit in the dock in earlier versions of iOS.

    Removing an app is done in the same way. Press and hold on the icon of the app you want to remove and then drag it up and off of the dock.

    Hiding or Displaying Recently Used Apps

    Along with the 11–15 apps you can add to the dock, there are three app slots reserved for your recently used apps, apps that pop up because of Handoff functionality, and apps that are suggested based on your app usage habits. Recently used apps and suggested apps can be turned off. Here’s how:

    1. Open the Settings app.
    2. Select “General.”
    3. Choose “Multitasking & Dock.”
    4. Toggle off “Show Suggested and Recent Apps.”

    Launching Apps and Multitasking with the Dock

    Launching an app is as simple as tapping it, and because the dock can be brought up within any app, it’s also useful for switching between apps.

    Switching between apps using the dock is done through bringing the dock up with a swipe within any app and then tapping another app.


    Beyond simply switching between apps, the dock can be used with Split View and Slide Over multitasking. When an app is open, drag another app up from the dock to open a second app that is overlaid on the first. This isn’t technically a Slide Over window — it’s just a pop up over the first app, but it can be used simultaneously with the app it overlays.


    Convert the second app into a Slide Over multitasking window by swiping upwards at the top of the app on the gray line. From there, the Slide Over view can be pulled into a Split View by pulling the gray bar dividing the two apps to the left. You can switch between Slide Over and Split View by dragging the bar to the left or the right.


    When using a multitasking view, you can switch between the two apps that are open by swiping to bring up the dock and then pulling a new app into one of the windows.


    You can close one of the apps that’s open by pulling the bar all the way to the left or the right of the screen, depending on which app you want to close.

    Bringing Up App Files from the Dock

    The iPad doesn’t support 3D Touch, but a similar gesture can be used with the Files app on the dock. To access this feature, long press on the Files app to bring up a 3D Touch-style window.


    After you press the Files app and the window is open, it’ll stay open even after you move your finger. It lists all of your most recent files, which you can drag from the app without having to open it.

    Accessing the Dock from a Keyboard

    To bring up the dock when you have a physical keyboard like the Smart Keyboard connected, just press Command + Option + D.

    Compatibility

    While all iPads capable of running iOS 11 have access to the new dock, the split-screen drag and drop functionality is limited to iPads that have support for split screen functionality.

    Slide Over, which allows you to interact with an app without quitting the one you have open, is available on the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPad Air and later, the fifth-generation iPad, and all iPad Pro models.

    Split View, which is true multitasking and allows you to use two apps side by side, is available on the iPad mini 4, the iPad Air 2, the fifth-generation iPad, and all iPad Pro models.

    Related Roundup: iOS 11

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    How to Use Drag and Drop on an iPad and iPhone With iOS 11

    iOS 11 overhauls the way we interact with the iPad, introducing several features designed to make the iPad experience better mimic the way we use a Mac or a PC. Central among these new features is a revamped Dock that holds more apps, an improved app s…

    Here’s a Look at the First Wave of Augmented Reality ARKit Apps Hitting the iOS App Store Today

    With the launch of iOS 11 today, Apple has turned hundreds of millions of iPhones into augmented reality-capable devices thanks to the support of a new developer framework called ARKit. With this technology, iOS developers can more easily craft AR experiences for users on compatible iPhones and iPads, using each device’s built-in cameras, processors, and motion sensors.

    As of now, the first wave of these apps are available for you to download and test on the iOS 11 App Store. The first apps range from game updates to practical everyday tools and even apps that encourage a healthier lifestyle, with more refined experiences likely coming in the future once developers get a grasp on what users enjoy with the first wave of apps.

    Note that to use ARKit-enabled apps on iOS 11 you must have an iOS device with an A9, A10, or A11 processor. This means ARKit apps can be launched on iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the upcoming iPhone X. For iPads, you can use the 9.7-inch iPad or the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The older 9.7-inch model of the iPad Pro is compatible as well.

    One you have iOS 11 installed on one of these devices, head over to the new App Store and check out some of the ARKit apps listed below to see how Apple’s new augmented reality technology works in your own home.

    Games

    Splitter Critters (left) and Egg, Inc. (right)

    Splitter Critters ($2.99)

    What’s it about? Use swipes of your finger to split a colorful landscape and guide alien critters back to their spaceship, avoiding enemies and solving puzzles in the process.

    How’s AR used? Scan a flat surface and then place a fully playable version of the main game into the real world, housed within a small white box.

    Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade (Free)

    What’s it about? Control an Imperial Knight war machine in the Warhammer 40,000 universe and fight the evil forces of Chaos through 170 single player missions using cannons, missiles, and thermal blasts to defeat your enemies.

    How’s AR used? Drop your Imperial Knight from the main game into an AR “Photo Mode” to take snap shots of the war machine in the real world.

    Egg, Inc. (Free)

    What’s it about? A farming simulation game focused on hatching eggs, building hen houses, hiring drivers, and researching advanced technologies to upgrade your egg farm.

    How’s AR used? Take a glimpse at your farm in AR with a “Farm To Table” picture-taking mode.

    Thomas & Friends Minis (Free)

    What’s it about? Build, decorate, paint, and create full train sets and then control characters from Thomas & Friends as you drive through your customized train set.

    How’s AR used? Bring all of your creations into the real world with the app’s AR mode, which places your train set on a flat surface so you can zoom in and around while still being able to interact with various tools and control characters.

    Tools

    Overstock (left), PLNAR (middle), and Cubit (right)

    Overstock.com (Free)

    What’s it about? The main app for the popular online retail website, which lets you shop and discover deals for items like furniture, rugs, home decor, and more.

    How’s AR used? Place true-to-life 3D models of thousands of Overstock products right into your home, helping to make sure that the new item’s color, size, and design fits your room. Additionally, you can share pictures of the AR models in Messages or social media, add the Overstock item to your cart, and even pay for it with Apple Pay, all without leaving the AR screen.

    PLNAR (Free)

    What’s it about? A full AR experience, PLNAR allows you to generate a home’s floor plan using augmented reality, which the app’s creators said will be useful for everyday homeowners as well as for flooring companies, insurance agents, interior designers and home renovation professionals.

    How’s AR used? Use your iPhone’s camera to generate quick measurements of a room’s area and perimeter by guiding a cursor along the edges and corners of the floor. Mark doorways and even use the app’s tools to measure other objects like countertops and tables (and any flat surface), then save all of your data into custom projects.

    Edmunds (Free)

    What’s it about? Shop for new and used cars within the app’s extensive vehicle database.

    How’s AR used? Visualize your potential future vehicle purchase by placing the car into your garage or driveway, which Edmunds said is also a way to confirm that the car will fit where you intend to park it.

    Cubit ($0.99)

    What’s it about? A “measuring toolbox,” Cubit grants you access to features like rulers and box tools, with more coming down the line in future updates.

    How’s AR used? Measure the distance between real-life objects using the ruler tool and visualize the size of digital objects with the box tool.

    Lifestyle

    Fitness AR ($2.99)

    What’s it about? Fitness AR was created by the makers of Strava, which tracks your workouts, runs, biking sessions, and more, along with offering various challenges, training sessions, and clubs to keep you motivated.

    How’s AR Used? In the new app, you can connect your Strava account to browse your past activities, browse your friends’ activities, and track the hiking, biking, or running routes that you’ve taken — all of which are viewable in AR on a 3D terrain map.

    Night Sky 5 (Free, premium features at $1.99/month or $9.99/year)

    What’s it about? Night Sky is a “personal planetarium,” letting you identify stars, planets, constellations and satellites with an iOS device.

    How’s AR used? With iOS 11, the app has enhanced its existing AR capabilities with a new “Grand Orrery” premium feature (requiring a subscription). This mode brings the Solar System into your home so you can walk around it, zoom in on planets, see current space missions in the system, and more.

    Other Notable Apps

    There are already a growing number of ARKit apps showing up on the iOS App Store just a few hours after the launch of iOS 11. For this reason, we’ll list some other notable apps below, and update this post throughout the day if we find any more. If you know of one that isn’t listed, let us know in the comments!

    RoomScan Pro ($0.99)

    Pcalc ($9.99)

    Carrot Weather ($3.99)

    Human Anatomy Atlas 2018 – $0.99

    Euclidean Lands ($3.99)

    Flat Pack (Free)

    Kings of Pool (Free)

    MeasureKit (Free, expanded toolset for $2.99 in-app purchase)

    Quartz (Free)

    Upcoming

    Augmented reality apps will only continue to occupy a large segment of the iOS App Store, with major apps previously highlighted by Apple not yet to launch today. One of these is IKEA’S furniture placement app, which it confirmed last week to be called “IKEA Place.” The app will be available sometime in “late September.”

    You’ll be able to browse from a selection of IKEA products, choose one, scan the floor around where you would like to see the furniture, and then the AR app will show an approximation of the sofa or lamp in your living room. 2,000 products will be available at launch to test in AR (focused on large items like storage solutions, sofas, and coffee tables), with IKEA confirming continuous updates for the app in the future.

    For even more information on all of the software updates that hit today, check out our posts for each below:

    Apple Releases iOS 11 With Revamped Lock Screen, Fresh App Store, New Siri Voice, and Updated iPad Interface

    Apple Releases watchOS 4 With New Watch Faces, Siri Improvements, Gym Equipment Integration, and More

    Apple Releases tvOS 11 With Home Screen Syncing, Auto Dark Mode, and 4K Support for New Apple TV

    Related Roundup: iOS 11
    Tags: ARKit, augmented reality

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    How to Use and Customize Control Center in iOS 11

    One of iOS 11’s key new features is a redesigned Control Center that is highly customizable thanks to 3D Touch integration.

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    When you deep press on the system toggles pane, for example, a l…

    How to Find Notifications in iOS 11’s New Lock Screen and Cover Sheet

    Apple made waves last year when it completely redesigned how the lock screen functions on iOS 10 by removing the iPhone’s well-known “Slide to Unlock” instruction from the screen. The improvements allowed for a more seamless unlocking experience on iPh…

    Apple Releases New iPad Pro Tutorial Videos Covering iOS 11 Features

    Apple today uploaded several new tutorial videos designed to teach users about lesser-known features on the iPad Pro, including some features that were just introduced in iOS 11.

    Apple’s new videos cover copy and pasting across devices, retouching a…

    Things 3 for iOS Updated With Siri Integration and Drag and Drop Support

    Popular to-do app Things 3 was today updated to version 3.2, adding full support for iOS 11 and watchOS 4 along with a few new key features like Siri integration and support for Drag and Drop.

    With Siri integration, it’s now possible to interact directly with Things on iOS devices and the Apple Watch using Apple’s built-in personal assistant. Siri can do things like create a new task, add reminders, search for tags, and open up a specific list in the Things app.


    On the iPad, Things is gaining support for the Drag and Drop feature introduced in iOS 11. iPad users will be able to drop content into Things from other apps as new to-dos or in the notes section of existing to-dos.

    A third major new feature coming to Things is support for third-party app link detection. Links from third-party apps will now be tappable, so you can link to a file in other apps like Evernote or Ulysses and then get back to those files with a tap.

    Things 3 can be downloaded from the App Store. The iPad version is priced at $19.99 [Direct Link], while the iPhone version (which includes Apple watch support) is priced at $9.99. [Direct Link]

    Tag: Things 3

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    Apple Releases Xcode 9 With Swift 4 and iOS 11, watchOS 4, tvOS 11, and macOS High Sierra SDKs

    Alongside the new iOS 11, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11 updates, Apple has released Xcode 9, the latest version of the Xcode Mac app that lets developers create apps for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

    Xcode 9 introduces Swift 4 and all of th…

    Apple Updates Swift Playgrounds With New Augmented Reality Challenge

    Swift Playgrounds, the Apple-designed iPad app that aims to teach children and adults of all ages how to code using the Swift programming language, was today updated to version 1.6 alongside the release of iOS 11.

    The new Swift Playgrounds update in…

    Safari 11 Released for macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan

    Apple today released Safari 11.0 for macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan. The update adds new media-related features, plus improvements to privacy, compatibility, and security.

    Notably, in Safari 11, the web browser blocks videos with audio from automa…

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