According to new figures from analytics company Mixpanel, via MacRumors, iOS 11 is being adopted by users at a slightly slower rate than iOS 10, having been installed on 10.01 percent of devices 1 day after launch. In comparison, iOS 10 was installed on 14.45 percent of devices in the same time period, and iOS 9 on 12.6 percent of devices. iOS 8 was also very similar.

And while this might be somewhat surprising, given the relatively smooth experience of installing iOS 11, as MacRumors notes, people might have initially been a little reticent to download iOS 11 without waiting a little while due to problems experienced in previous years. I know that I definitely waited to make sure that there were no major bugs reported before taking the plunge.

Also, as MacRumors mentions, another factor behind the slightly lower uptake of iOS 11 could be that all 32-bit apps will be disabled once iOS 11 is installed, so people might be wanting to check if they have any such apps that they might rely on before installing the software.

Source: iOS 11 Installed on 10% of Devices 24 Hours After Launch

MacRumors reports that Apple’s software engineering head, Craig Federighi, has told a MacRumors reader that the popular 3D Touch App Switcher access gesture will be returning in a future iOS 11 update.

Replying to Adam Zahn’s email, Federighi explained that support for the gesture was only dropped temporarily due to a “technical constraint,” further details of which he didn’t elaborate on, and that it would be returning “in an upcoming iOS 11.x update.”

Replying to another question from a MacRumors reader about a possible Nightstand Mode for iPhone X, Federighi said that it was “definitely something we’ve considered. This probably makes the most sense for customers who charge their phone in a dock that tilts up the phone.”

However, Federighi did go on to say that “it’s not currently super common” for people to charge their phones in that position, so it’s possible that having thought about the idea, Apple decided not to implement it, and he made no mention of it being implemented in a future update.

Sources: Craig Federighi Says 3D Touch App Switcher Gesture Will Return in Future Update to iOS 11

Craig Federighi: Apple Has Considered Nightstand Mode for iPhone X

9to5 Mac reports today that Apple has updated its Pages, Numbers and Keynotes apps with new iOS 11 features.

First off, Pages has a new look for its document manager to make it easier to view files from third-party service providers and iCloud Drive. Drag and drop support for iPad has also been added, among many other new enhancements, such as being able to select a paragraph of text with a triple-tap gesture. Also, improved PDF export means that you can view a document’s table of contents in the sidebar in PDF viewing apps.

Secondly, Numbers gets many of the same updates as Pages, including document manager, drag and drop, and Files app integration. New Numbers-specific features include new date, time, and duration keyboards to make it easier to enter values, as well as new “smart steppers” that let you make minor adjustments to existing data, time and duration values faster.

And finally, Keynote also has many of the same common features added as Pages and Numbers, as well as other features such as support for Break Apart command for complex shapes from the shapes library, and being able to use Unite, Intersect, Subtract, and Exclude commands to create new shapes.

Source: Apple updates Pages, Numbers, and Keynote with new iOS 11 features

With the advent of iOS 11 yesterday, which seems to be working very smoothly for most of us, iPhone and iPad users get their first chance to play augmented reality apps build using ARKit. AppleInsider reports on some of the first ARKit apps to appear in the App Store.

One of the very first is Strava’s Fitness AR, which uses data captured from its main fitness tracking app to depict rides, runs, and hikes on a 3D map. To use it, you first must link your Strava account with the AR app and start a new route, or you can choose to share previous activity data with the app. Fitness AR will then show the data as 3D images directly on a real-world flat surface. The app works in tandem with Strava Running and Cycling GPS metrics, and gives the user a whole new way of looking at their runs or rides.

Fitness AR costs $2.99 and is available to download here: Fitness AR on the App Store

Next up is SmartPicture Technologies’ PLNAR app, which uses ARKit to record room measurements in real time. All you have to do is point your device at anchor points in a room to produce accurate digital measurements of any flat surface, or areas such as counter tops. Looks like a very useful app!

PLNAR is free and can be downloaded here: PLNAR on the App Store

And last but most definitely not least, MacRumors reports that IKEA has just released its eagerly awaited augmented reality app, IKEA Place, which lets the user browse through a wide variety of IKEA products and actually seeing how they might look in their home.

Click here to download the free app: IKEA Place on the App Store

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The big day is finally here, with iOS 11 now available to download for compatible iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch, bringing with it many changes and improvements. At the time of writing, iOS 11 is one of the top trends on Twitter worldwide, and judging by the most popular comments on there, the main issue around the world appears to be how long it takes to download, and how big the update is (2.5GB, approximately), with a Twitter moment titled “The iOS 11 Struggle is Real if You Have Full Storage.”

AppleInsider has a great round-up report on the many changes ushered in by the update, including ARKit, a revamped App Store, deep learning for Siri, Do Not Disturb While Driving, a new Music app, h.265 for video, a redesigned Control Center, indoor mapping for Maps, and AirPlay 2.

You’ll need to have iPhone 5s and upward or iPad mini 2 and upward, iPad Air and upward, and all iPad Pros, as well as the iPod touch sixth generation, in order to download the software.

Source: Apple's iOS 11 available to all, brings better Siri, ARKit, H.265, AirPlay 2, more
According to MacRumors, the AirPods inductive wireless charging case that was shown during Apple’s special event on Monday could be available in stores by this December. The original report in MacPrime said that according to sources at Apple Switzerland, the case will cost $69.

The current out-of-warranty fee to replace the regular AirPods charging case is $69, so the new wireless version costing exactly the same sounds about right. The main cosmetic difference for the new charging case is that the LED battery indicator light has been moved from the inside to the front of the case so that you can easily see it when the case is placed on a charging mat without having to open the case.

It’s not yet known if Apple will be selling a version of the case that also contains the AirPods rather than just selling it as a replacement case without the AirPods. Should that be a possibility, expect it to cost at least the current price of $159.

Image: AppleInsider

Source: AirPods Wireless Charging Case Rumored for December Launch at $69

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