The iOS 11 dock is something that has caught our attention on the newly launched iOS and it is a fascinating work. Somewhat similar to the Mac Dock we first saw in the OS X, this edition has seen a lot of betterment. With more features added, it has also seen more elements added while the overall usability factor has also improved. Here, we shall dissect the essential features we saw on the iOS 11 Dock.
How to Activate the iOS 11 Dock
There are a few differences between the iOS 11 dock and the other app launchers on the iOS. After all, the iOS 11 dock is an app launcher in itself, somewhat different from the Home screen and the ⌘-Tab app switcher. A few weeks ago, we showed you how to customize the control center on the iOS 11. Now we bring you the features of the iOS 11 dock itself.
While it will stay where it is when you are swiping through home screens, you can also make it visible once you are inside an app. Simply swipe up from the screen’s bottom. Also, while in the iOS 10, it used to activate the command center, now it activates the dock. You can still access the command center by repeatedly swiping up as well.
To activate the iOS 11 dock, you can also hit this shortcut on any connected keyboard: ⌘⌥D. You can either check any new notifications or simply launch a new one. Else, simply drag a file onto an app in the Dock to get going as well. Either way, you can check out the features of iOS 11.
iOS 11 Dock: Drag-and-Drop Feature
The new iOS 11 Dock now has the much awaited drag-and-drop feature as well. This feature was also eagerly anticipated and is now finally here. The drag-and-drop feature will also let you view split-view apps. You can now drag things out of the Dock into any running program like the Safari, say.
You can. alternatively, drag things into the iOS 11 Dock as well. When you lay your hands on the iOS 11 Beta, you can also do some interesting operation using the Dock. It is very similar to the MacOS; in fact, it is almost similar. The process can be a little bit trying at times.
iOS 11 Dock: How to Arrange It
The Dock this time has gotten a lot smarter. You can easily and effectively rearrange or repopulate the Dock in the following manners. Press an app until it starts to jiggle, then drag it into the Dock. Also, in a new feature, you can put a folder containing apps into the iOS 11 Dock. Since you can also access the Split-View feature from the Dock, the folder idea is a great one. For example, the screen recording feature is now a native feature in the iOS 11.
Overall, the new Dock in iOS 11 is one of its best features. It is old and yet, it is new. Although it borrows some elements from the MacOS and other pioneers, it still has to offer something new each time we used it. Once the iOS 11 is released, the users will be mighty pleased with this effort from developers at Apple, we believe. There is also room for improvement, however.