Drag and Drop Functionality for iPhone Hidden in iOS 11

Last week at its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple gave us a clearer indication about which way it's heading - and the choice is a bit of a gamble.

It remains unclear as to whether Apple will ever enable this feature in iOS 11 for iPhone.

You've probably heard about some of these already, but if you haven't, Steven Sinofsky wrote an excellent overview. Expect our opinion on working with the iPad Pro with iOS 11 next week!

However, we're learning today that iPhone inter-app drag and drop actually exists in iOS 11, it's just disabled by a hidden system setting that can't be accessed by users.

If you're one of the lucky ones that already have access at iOS 11, then you might have already noticed that it's not great yet.

For more on the best way to install iOS 11 beta, take a look at our walkthrough. Apple's MDM session ran last Thursday afternoon, and Apple has now posted the video, slides, and links to relevant documentation. "With iOS 11, iPhone and iPad are the most powerful, personal and intelligent devices they've ever been".

Here's what we learned when we tried out an early version of iOS 11. It's now possible to manipulate Home screen app icons using drag and drop, allowing users to move multiple icons at once. The iPad will gain a file browser plus drag-and-drop functionality, both of which lessen the space between the operating systems on their laptops and tablets. You will see the option to "Check for an update" or "Restore iPhone". Once you've been paid via text message you can either use Apple Pay to spend that money at stores and online or you can transfer it to your bank account. The other person will be able to transfer that money into a bank account or it can stay stored in the Apple Pay Cash account for that person to use in various retail stores. In fact, as with the previous generation of the iPad Pro, the tablet is best when you add on its accessories.

In contrast, Apple has been remarkably conservative with the Mac, which lacks any support for touch screens or more familiar "modern" interface conventions. You can even customize it so that the apps and services you need are right there.

It's not unusual for older iOS devices to get left behind with the introduction of new versions of iOS.

If Apple's gonna have an onscreen homebutton on the iPhone 8, it would make a lot of sense to spring-load it for drag & drop.

You'll now be able to edit these and select which frame is used as the still part of the photo. You can see an example of the new UI in the tweet below. But it also makes me sad to think that it isn't likely to grow and change, because Apple's bet the future on iOS. The application dock at the bottom of the iPad's home-screen will function more like it does in MacOS being available anytime with a swipe, including recent apps and offering a control hub for upgraded multi-tasking functionality.

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