Week after Apple’s big launch of new iPhone 8 and iPhone X , the Cupertino tech giant is all set to launch their new operating system iOS 11 is out on Tuesday, meaning you will soon be able to update your iPhone to gain access to all its latest features.
iOS 11 has some major new features coming to the iPhone for the first time, such as phone-to-phone Apple Pay, a smarter Siri and a redesigned, customisable control centre.
Here are all the key things you need to know about iOS 11 ahead of its release next week.
When is iOS 11 released?
iOS 11 will be available to download from September 19 for existing iPhones. The iPhone 8 goes on general sale on September 22 and the iPhone X will be in stores from November 3, with both phones launching with iOS 11 software installed.
The new updates ideally available at 10:30pm (IST).
iOS 11 will be available on the trio of new iPhones and be compatible with the following models of iPhone, iPad and iPod.
- iPhone: 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X
- iPad: 5th generation (2017); Mini 2, 3 and 4; all Air models and all Pro Models
- iPod Touch: 6th generation (2015)
iOS 11 includes hundreds of new features like a redesigned control centre, better multitasking, improvements to the camera and new safety features. Some of the best include:
New-look control centre
Apple has redesigned the control centre for the iPhone, giving it a clearer, cleaner look. Users can now add more customisation and 3D Touch options as well.
Apple’s SOS mode on the iPhone can be used to lock down the phone and sends messages for help. It is activated in settings.
Apple’s augmented reality developer kit ARKit will be available with iOS 11, bringing with it the potential for hundreds of games and apps. On the iPhone X it will also add animoji, animated faces that react by mirroring the user’s own facial expressions.
Do not disturb while driving
A new do not disturb mode can be activated automatically while driving and respond with messages to contacts, to tell them you will be in touch when you arrive.
Siri can now automatically translate languages for you, using voice control to ask it simple phrases.