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Drag and Drop on iPhone in iOS 11

Steven Troughton-Smith uncovered the hidden settings to enable inter-application drag-and-drop in the first iOS 11 developer beta. He even posted videos showing it in action.

Count me in with Troughton-Smith: Apple should enable this for the iPhone in addition to the iPad. It’s hard to move stuff between apps on the iPhone today, and this would help. It’s clear from Troughton-Smith’s video that Apple is testing this internally — it seems to work really well already. It’s just disabled in the developer beta by a few preferences.

Is it as useful on iPhone as it is on iPad? No, because iPhone doesn’t have side-by-side multitasking. But it’s certainly more useful than not having it at all, and importantly, I don’t think enabling it will add an unwanted complexity for typical users who don’t need it.

Monday, 12 June 2017