Road testing iOS 11 and life changing events

Anthony Caruana
11 July, 2017
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I have had what one might call an interesting week.

I’ve been road-testing iOS 11 over the last few days on an iPad Air 2. I’ve paired it with a Logitech Canvas Keyboard to see if iOS 11 can cut the mustard as a real productivity platform.

When the first iPad was released just over seven years ago it was principally focussed on content consumption rather than creation and productivity. It wasn’t that the device couldn’t be used for creating all sorts of different content, but rather it took the market time to catch up with Apple’s vision and deliver apps that could take advantage of the platform.

Now I can use Microsoft Word, Evernote, Pixelmator and a bunch of other apps on my iPad to get my work done.

iOS 11 is still in its first public beta as I type this, but I expect the new beta will be released next week. Hopefully they’ll fix my biggest peeve – that I can’t use Command-V as a keyboard shortcut to paste copied text in all apps. And, while I’ve had the occasional app crash, I haven’t lost any data.

The app I was most interested in, Files, is still a work in progress and its true value will only be realised when the likes of Google, Microsoft and Dropbox update their applications and services. If they get that right, and support local file syncing to iOS devices while retaining folder structures, then they could be on to a winner.

I have resisted the urge to update my Mac with the High Sierra beta thus far, but I will go through with the update when the second public beta arrives.

The next print issue of Macworld Australia – Issue 223 – will be with subscribers soon. I have the proof pages in front of me right now and I am checking everything over before finalising all the content.

And, on a personal note, my partner and I have announced our engagement. We’ll be bringing a ‘Brady Bunch’ of five children together on our next big adventure.

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