Apple shares new iPad tutorial videos featuring Apple Pencil, Split View and more

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Apple continued its advertising push for iPad on Wednesday with a new slate of advertorial videos covering features ranging from marking up screenshots with Apple Pencil to accessing special symbols on the soft keyboard.




Posted to Apple's official YouTube channel, the series of new minute-long tutorials teaches existing owners how to better take advantage of their iPad, while offering prospective users a taste of what they're missing.

Currently, two videos are available for public viewing, the first covering screenshot markups using Apple Pencil. As seen in the clip below, users can grab a screenshot by simultaneously pressing the home button and sleep/wake button.

In iOS 11, tapping on the resulting image in the bottom left corner of the screen opens a markup window that can be used to draw or manipulate the screenshot. Users can share the image via share sheets, save it to Photos or delete it.





The next video shows users how to run multiple apps at once with Split View. With iOS 11's multitasking features, iPad becomes more like a desktop, allowing users to have two or more app panes open at one time. Split View is made all the more useful with integrated drag-and-drop capabilities, which allow quick content sharing between apps.





Four more videos were also published today, as noted in a tweet from iMore's Rene Ritchie, but remain unlisted on Apple's YouTube page. The first is a straightforward tutorial showing off new features in Notes, including Apple Pencil support and handwriting recognition.





Another clip teaches users how to manage multiple emails at once using iOS 11's built-in pane controls. For example, a new composition can be minimized to the bottom of the screen by pulling down on that pane's handle, allowing unobstructed access to the inbox. Composed emails can be recalled by tapping on the handle, deleted by swiping off screen or maximized with another tap.





Yet another video highlights the new Files app, which consolidates documents and media from a variety of cloud-based storage services like Dropbox and iCloud. The lack of a true file manager is one of the biggest complaints power users have with iOS, and Files is a step toward solving that problem.





Finally, Apple throws a spotlight on changes made to iPad's keyboard, specifically the ability to type special characters with a simple gesture. Swiping up on letters that contain special character derivatives now presents a selection list, while numbers can be quickly accessed by swiping down on the top row of letters. Users can also manipulate cursor location by dragging two fingers across the keyboard as they would a trackpad.





Apple's latest iPad tutorials in some cases repeats lessons aired in previous videos published last year, for example marking up images with Apple Pencil and navigating the Files app. With the sixth-generation iPad hitting store shelves, however, the videos serve as a sly promotional tool for those in the market for a new tablet.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 10
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,173member
    Excellent videos, well executed and simple to understand.
    propod
  • Reply 2 of 10
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,319member
    I still find the Files app to be very buggy, especially in GarageBand. Files disappear and reappear with great regularity. It's weird.
  • Reply 3 of 10
    jonrojonro Posts: 49member
    Too bad the instructions for using two apps at once rarely work as described. Some apps, like Zillow, take over the entire screen. Other apps just sit and "overlay" the main app. Then you have no way of getting rid of those apps. Mail for example will accidentally be brought back to the top constantly. This feature has been poorly implemented. I can't imagine what kind of deficient QA process allowed this feature to ship like this.
  • Reply 4 of 10
    thttht Posts: 3,242member
    Good set of commercials. They need to have these type of videos and commercials a lot more often. It’s an education process for iOS users, teaching people the basics of using iOS devices.

    Also really like showing the iPad being used on a table or horizontal surface, and using the software keyboard. This is the best way to use a tablet. Flat on a table like a piece of paper, with onscreen keyboard and a stylus if available. All this drama with the iPad not having a “keyboard” grated on my nerves. Every single iPad comes with a keyboard on the screen. It is perfectly functional, especially the 10.5 and larger.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 10
    LatkoLatko Posts: 398member
    Great video’s and commentary here - reassuring my MacBook preference - but not for long, maybe...
    edited April 2018
  • Reply 6 of 10
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 4,960member
    These videos are great!   There are so many features in Apple products -- especially the mobile products -- that simply are not readily apparent.   Unless you stumble over them by accident or somebody tells you, you simply don't know that they exist.

    The one that REALLY surprised me was the 2 fingers on the keyboard to position the "Cursor".   For serious typing this makes a HUGE difference --- as opposed to trying to position a tiny cursor among tiny letters with a big, fat finger.

    I would hope that Apple would make this feature available on its iPhones.
  • Reply 7 of 10
    thttht Posts: 3,242member
    These videos are great!   There are so many features in Apple products -- especially the mobile products -- that simply are not readily apparent.   Unless you stumble over them by accident or somebody tells you, you simply don't know that they exist.

    The one that REALLY surprised me was the 2 fingers on the keyboard to position the "Cursor".   For serious typing this makes a HUGE difference --- as opposed to trying to position a tiny cursor among tiny letters with a big, fat finger.

    I would hope that Apple would make this feature available on its iPhones.
    All iPhone 6S gen and newer - phones with 3D Touch - have the same feature. Instead of two fingers, a user can force touch an iPhone keyboard, and a text insertion cursor appears and the user can slide their finger to place the cursor.
    GeorgeBMacwatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 10
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 4,960member
    tht said:
    These videos are great!   There are so many features in Apple products -- especially the mobile products -- that simply are not readily apparent.   Unless you stumble over them by accident or somebody tells you, you simply don't know that they exist.

    The one that REALLY surprised me was the 2 fingers on the keyboard to position the "Cursor".   For serious typing this makes a HUGE difference --- as opposed to trying to position a tiny cursor among tiny letters with a big, fat finger.

    I would hope that Apple would make this feature available on its iPhones.
    All iPhone 6S gen and newer - phones with 3D Touch - have the same feature. Instead of two fingers, a user can force touch an iPhone keyboard, and a text insertion cursor appears and the user can slide their finger to place the cursor.
    Thanks!   I have a 6+.   :s :'(
    ...  But my grandson just handed down his iPad Mini 2 to me.   So, I'm good.
  • Reply 9 of 10
    fred1fred1 Posts: 331member
    jonro said:
    Too bad the instructions for using two apps at once rarely work as described. Some apps, like Zillow, take over the entire screen. Other apps just sit and "overlay" the main app. Then you have no way of getting rid of those apps. Mail for example will accidentally be brought back to the top constantly. This feature has been poorly implemented. I can't imagine what kind of deficient QA process allowed this feature to ship like this.
    This is because not all apps are designed to work in split screen mode. More are being added to the list all the time, but it has to come from the developer.
    watto_cobrajony0
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