How to draw on pictures in iOS 11 Notes app

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Notes app in iOS 11 lets you draw on pictures in your notes, and introduces papers.
Drawing on pictures is easier in iOS 11 Notes.
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The new iOS 11 Notes app is already far better than the previous version, but this one new feature might tip you over the edge. Now you can draw on pictures with your Apple Pencil, just by tapping on them.

Previously, images and sketches lived side by side, but could never meet. Now, with the power to scrawl directly onto images, you can do all kinds of things. Example: I keep a blank sheet of guitar tab notation paper in the Files app, then drag it to a note and start writing on top of my template. That’s just one use. Another might be to draw mustaches on pictures of your workmates.

The best ARKit apps to try on iPhone and iPad

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The Machines is the coolest AR game you'll find on the App Store.
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The first wave of ARKit-powered apps is crashing into the App Store this week to change the way you use your iPhone.

With iOS 11, Apple has turned the iPhone and iPad into the world’s biggest augmented reality platform and some of the first offerings from developers are pretty mindblowing. You’ll need an iPhone 6s or above to take advantage of ARKit’s incredible powers, but these apps might convince you it’s worth the upgrade.

Here are 7 ARKit apps you should download right now:

iOS 11 brings 5 different types of tap, but don’t panic

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Both of these were caused by tap-and-hold, which sounds confusing but isn't.
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When the iPhone launched 10 years ago, there were two kinds of tap. A regular tap for everything, and a special press-and-hold to get the Home screen icons jiggling and ready to rearrange. That was it. Now, with iOS 11, I have counted at least five different types of tap and press, and that’s just on the iPad. If you count the iPhone, then you also have 3D-Touch to deal with.

Partly this comes down to the new systemwide drag-and-drop capability baked into in iOS 11, and partly it has to do with Apple trying to mimic 3D Touch’s pressure sensitivity on the iPad.

The biggest surprise, though, is that Apple managed to pull it off, even in the early iOS 11 beta I’m running now. Not only are these gestures all intuitive, but the overall feel of interaction has gotten way better.

Intel’s Cannon Lake processors may be delayed, again

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Intel's Coffee Lake processors have a lot of potential.
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The next great update for the MacBook Pro may not happen until late 2018 thanks to a delay in Intel’s highly anticipated Cannon Lake processors.

Intel has allegedly decided to push back the launch of its Cannon Lake processors yet again, according to a new report that claims the company is now looking to launch them toward the end of 2018.

Back up your precious data before the iOS 11 update

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PhoneRescue can help make sure updating to iOS 11 doesn't mean dropping your data.
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How to use Type to Siri in iOS 11 (and why you’ll love it)

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Type to Siri really shines on the iPad.
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iOS 11 is Apple’s most keyboard-friendly version of its mobile software yet, but that doesn’t mean you have to hook up an external keyboard to use its best new keyboard-centric features. Today we’ll look at Type to Siri, which can be used whenever you’d usually talk to your favorite digital assistant just by tapping on the usual on-screen keyboard.

iOS 11 Notes app finally lets you search notes when you save

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iOS 11 lets you narrow down your target notes by search whenever you save a new snippet.
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Apple’s Notes app got a few headline updates in the iOS 11 section of the 2017 WWDC Keynote — in-line sketches and handwriting recognition for example — but there’s another tiny tweak that might be an even bigger deal than those two. Now, when you use the Share arrow to send a URL, snippet of text, or anything else, to the Notes app, you can search your existing notes, and choose which one you want to add it to.

This is huge, and takes Notes from being a higgledy-piggledy junk drawer to being a real replacement for things like Evernote and Microsoft’s One Note. Now you can keep a note for, say, planning an upcoming vacation, and easily add new places and plans to it as you find them, or quickly add links to a book reading list.

How to use iOS 11’s powerful new screenshot markup tool

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Screenshots have moved from a semi-secret, mostly-hidden feature to a proper tool.
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iOS 11 has added some great new features to the humble screenshot tool. You can quickly view a new screenshot without a trip to the Photos app first, and you can edit and mark it up before saving it. By adding some powerful pro-level features to screenshot markup, Apple has –somewhat ironically — made them way more useful and accessible for everyone.

Apple teams up with Microsoft to fix iOS 11 Mail issues

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You might have problems with Exchange and Outlook accounts.
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Apple has confirmed that it is working closely with Microsoft to resolve an issue with Mail syncing in iOS 11.

Some users have discovered that they are unable to send emails using their Exchange or Outlook accounts since updating their devices. Apple promises a fix will be available in a future iOS 11 release.