As we are sure you know, Apple has released the latest software for iPhones and iPads, iOS 11. Apple is calling this update “A monumental leap for iPad” and there a few cool additions that may help educators in the classroom.
As with any new software update, we highly recommend you do not update your iPads until we recommend it is safe to do so. Typically, we will want to wait until iOS 11.1 is released and all the bugs have been worked out of the new software. In addition, app developers (Schoology, Google, Pearson, Accelerated Reader, etc.) all need time to update their apps to work with iOS 11.
Upgrading your device to iOS 11 at this time may cause issues with performance and can not be easily reversed.
When it is safe to upgrade school iPads Beehively will be in touch to schedule this update with you directly.
In the meantime here are some additional notes on the new operating system:
Which Devices Support iOS 11:
All iPhones 5s and newer
iPad Air & Air 2
iPad 5th generation
iPad mini 2, 3, & 4
Features Notable in Education:
New file browser that pulls files from supported cloud storage apps
Split view enhances multi-tasking by allowing two apps to display at once
New document scanner for filling and signing documents
Keyboard now displays numbers and commonly used punctuation without flipping between keyboards
Features Notable Outside of Education:
Drag and drop capability
Apple Pay is now integrated with iMessage
Photos has been updated to include more filters and Live Photos that create fun loops of video from your pictures
Redesigned App store
Increased Support for Apple Pencil
More Info: https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-11/