18. iPad Specials: Drag and Drop, The Dock
If you’ve got an iPad, iOS 11 adds some great interface changes, in particular to the Dock, the set of permanent icons on all home pages along the bottom. Keep adding more and more icons to the doc, a lot more than just the previous max of five. The icons shrink a little every time you add another.
Plus, the Dock now has a “most used” set of icons to the far right, for those apps you’re using a lot, but didn’t give a permanent Dock space. You can turn off the app suggestions in Settings > General > Multitasking & Dock > Show Suggested and Recent Apps.
When you’re in an app, swipe up from the bottom a short distance to get the Dock (swipe all the way up to get Control Center). If you use a keyboard, hit Option + Command + D to get the Dock. Press and hold one of the icons on the Dock, then drag it up to the right, and you’ll get a Slide Over Panel showing that now-multi-tasking app—perfect for the new drag-and-drop functions. Now we just have to wait for more apps to support drag and drop, which does work on iPhone for some apps like Files and for text.