With iOS 11 public beta 5 being available as of the writing of this review, I'll kick it off with a link to show you how you can get the beta of iOS 11 on any of your apple devices. This article is a good "How to Install iOS 11 Public Beta" rundown.

Now getting down to multitasking. The fine addition of the Dock to iOS 11 gives us lots of options as to how to open that second window. First bringing up the Dock is a simple matter of a short-swipe up while you have another app open.


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Once you open an app you can swipe up (as above) to bring up the dock and then initiate a multitasking floating window from there. All you need to do once you have the dock visible is press and drag out the app you want to open. Key here is once you've dragged it out -- don't let go too soon! Wait until the small box opens which indicates that iOS understands you want to have 2 windows. At this point you can let go and you'll have a floating window above the main app you already had open.


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You can swipe the floating window to either side of the screen - which ever side works for you. If you want to then pin the floating window to your screen you can do this pretty easily by pressing the dash symbol on the top of the floating window. This will pin it and allow you to resize both windows to whatever size works for your needs. Once pinned resize the window by dragging the separator between the windows as the video below shows:


- VIDEO: Click the video to Play -

Now lets move on to the more advanced - and most tricky move of all. Opening two windows all at once from the home screen! this one is a two-handed move that lets you accomplish all of the above at the same time. The key here is to drag the item you want to float first. Don't hold it too long or you'll go into "jiggly icon mode" instead just hold down long enough that you can slide that icon. Once you have that keep holding! With your other hand press the primary app you want to launch. Don't let go of the icon you're dragging until the floating window starts to open or it will go "poof"!!! Once you see the floating window symbol open up you can let go and you'll have two windows open. Its a little tricky see the video below:


- VIDEO: Click the video to Play -

Finally -- if you simply want to open the newly designed task manager - you can always double click on your home button. However you can also Long Swipe up from the lower border of your screen. Do this much further than the short motion you use to pull up the dock. This will, in a single swipe, bring up the task manager.


- VIDEO: Click the video to Play -

We definitely like the new features in iOS 11 to allow manipulation and of multi-window tasks. We hope you do too! Click the comments button to suggest anything we've missed!

Overall - rate the improvement to multitasking as somewhat impressive however the timing aspects of getting various windows to open can be confusing. Split screen is limited to specific half, quarter etc. ratios and cannot be set to any arbitrary ratio. Also floating windows cannot be resized.

Cheers!

Tommy

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With iOS 11 public beta 5 being available as of the writing of this review, I'll kick it off with a link to show you how you can get the beta of iOS 11 on any of your apple devices. This article is a good "How to Install iOS 11 Public Beta" rundown.

Now getting down to multitasking. The fine addition of the Dock to iOS 11 gives us lots of options as to how to open that second window. First bringing up the Dock is a simple matter of a short-swipe up while you have another app open.


- VIDEO: Click the video to Play -

Once you open an app you can swipe up (as above) to bring up the dock and then initiate a multitasking floating window from there. All you need to do once you have the dock visible is press and drag out the app you want to open. Key here is once you've dragged it out -- don't let go too soon! Wait until the small box opens which indicates that iOS understands you want to have 2 windows. At this point you can let go and you'll have a floating window above the main app you already had open.


- VIDEO: Click the video to Play -

You can swipe the floating window to either side of the screen - which ever side works for you. If you want to then pin the floating window to your screen you can do this pretty easily by pressing the dash symbol on the top of the floating window. This will pin it and allow you to resize both windows to whatever size works for your needs. Once pinned resize the window by dragging the separator between the windows as the video below shows:


- VIDEO: Click the video to Play -

Now lets move on to the more advanced - and most tricky move of all. Opening two windows all at once from the home screen! this one is a two-handed move that lets you accomplish all of the above at the same time. The key here is to drag the item you want to float first. Don't hold it too long or you'll go into "jiggly icon mode" instead just hold down long enough that you can slide that icon. Once you have that keep holding! With your other hand press the primary app you want to launch. Don't let go of the icon you're dragging until the floating window starts to open or it will go "poof"!!! Once you see the floating window symbol open up you can let go and you'll have two windows open. Its a little tricky see the video below:


- VIDEO: Click the video to Play -

Finally -- if you simply want to open the newly designed task manager - you can always double click on your home button. However you can also Long Swipe up from the lower border of your screen. Do this much further than the short motion you use to pull up the dock. This will, in a single swipe, bring up the task manager.


- VIDEO: Click the video to Play -

We definitely like the new features in iOS 11 to allow manipulation and of multi-window tasks. We hope you do too! Click the comments button to suggest anything we've missed!

Overall - rate the improvement to multitasking as somewhat impressive however the timing aspects of getting various windows to open can be confusing. Split screen is limited to specific half, quarter etc. ratios and cannot be set to any arbitrary ratio. Also floating windows cannot be resized.

Cheers!

Tommy