Apple announced that iOS 11 will be available to download on the iPhone and iPad on September 19th. Apple iPad Pro users will benefit from a number of new enhancements that were just announced today. Instant Markup lets you take a screenshot and annotate it with the Pencil, and a “Mark Through PDF” option lets you convert any screen to a PDF file that you can write on. Inline drawing is another new feature that lets Apple Pencil users tap anywhere in a note or email and handwrite a message. Any typed text will automatically format around the handwritten section, making it easier to combine type and scribbles in one message.
Editing a screenshot is likely the feature that many people will employ. Instead of downloading a eighty page contract just to add a signature, print it out, scan it and then email it is simply jumping through too many hoops. Instead, you can just take a screenshot of the signature page, sign it and email it. You can also do a millions of other things, scap a screenshot of a website you like and make some changes and send it over to your designer or even make annotations to an ebook.
I think a very underrated feature is being able to handwrite your replies via email. You could just scribble out your reply, instead of using the touchscreen. I grew up with physical keyboards and then used Blackberry smartphones for a decade. When I started to use iOS devices, my emails became shorter because typing on a touchscreen is difficult to write eloquently. I suppose this is why many people write three or four word replies and include a multitude of emojis. I will definitely start using my Apple Pencil more to handwrite messages because it feels more natural.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.