Just a week after the keynote where the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X were revealed, Apple will now be rolling out the much-awaited iOS 11 operating system for the iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch. There are significant changes under-the-hood, compared with the predecessor, iOS 10. The focus is on making iOS devices work faster than before, there are visual tweaks as well to improve usability and significant new productivity features that will be exclusive to the iPad Pro line-up for the time being.
The update will be available for download after 10am Pacific Time (PT), which means we will be able to check for and download iOS 11 around 10:30pm IST.
While the new iPhone X, iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus will come preloaded with iOS 11 when you buy them, the new operating system will be available for download on the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 5s and iPhone SE. This means that the iPhone 5 (launched in 2012) and older iPhones will no longer get new iOS updates.
If you have an iPad, you will get the new iOS 11 goodness on the first and second generations of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the iPad Air 2, iPad Air 1, iPad 5th generation (2017 model), iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3 and iPad mini 2. This means that any iPad older than the iPad Mini (first generation; launched in 2012) and the iPad (4th generation; launched in 2012) will no longer get the new iOS updates anymore.
If you have the latest iPod Touch (6th generation), you will also be able to enjoy the latest iOS update, with perhaps the enhancements to the Music app being the most relevant.
There are multiple improvements across iOS in the latest operating system version, including performance, interface changes including the control center, the ability to drag and drop content between apps, a new “do not disturb while driving” option, subtle tweaks in Apple’s own apps, a new File manager app, a more capable Siri virtual assistant and greater focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning. The setup process has been streamlined too. If you happen to have another device running iOS 11 signed up with your Apple ID, you can place that and the device you wish to set up near each other to sync preferences, settings and passwords.
iOS 11 will also support apps built on Apple’s new augmented reality (AR) platform called ARKit. This means that app developers will be able to make AR apps that will use the iPhone’s camera to add elements to the real world.
It can even be said that iOS 11 is two operating systems in one. If you are using this on an iPad Pro, you will be able to take advantage of the more space in the app dock, drag and drop content across apps, split view for multiple apps and integration with cloud services in the Files app makes it even more relevant as a productivity device.
The iOS 11 update also brings with it the new photo and video formats, which take up to 50% lesser storage space for the same photo and video files compared with iOS 10. This perhaps makes the 64GB storage variants of the new iPhone more enticing.
It has been a long time coming, but Apple is finally locking out the old apps that still run the dated 32-bit architecture. Once your device gets updated to iOS 11, you will get a notification that will let you know which apps on your iPhone or iPad need to be updated.