iOS 11 : Everything You Need to Know About It

iOS 11 Release Date: The Beta version of the iOS 10 has already been launched. While fans are quite naturally very excited about this upcoming operating system, the critics and the tech gurus are busy finding its pros and cons. But when a new OS launches, it is more important to find out what the operating system has missed out than to find out what it offers. We are not a sceptic, but it gives us an idea what the next iteration of the OS can offer us. So in this article, we will find out what Apple has missed out on their upcoming iOS 10 and will also look for the probable iOS 11 release date, features and specs.

iOS 11 Release Date

iOS 11 Concept

iOS 11 Release Date: What’s Cooking Inside

The biggest question regarding iOS 11 is when the OS will be released globally? What will be the probable iOS 11 release date? Well, if we notice Apple’s trend, they launch a new OS in the third or fourth quarter of the year. iOS 10 Beta has been released in July 2016 while it will be officially launched in the second week of September. So, we are hopeful that the upcoming iOS version will also follow the same pattern. The iOS 11 Beta is expected to release in July 2017 while the iOS 11 release date may fall in the second week of September 2017.

It is being speculated that Apple might be releasing the preview version of iOS 11 at the WWDC 2017 event, with the final launch happening later this year in September. The reason behind the speculation is the fact that iOS 10 was previewed at the WWDC 2016 and was launched thereafter in September 2016. So, going by tradition, Apple is likely to follow suit.

WWDC which stands for Apple Worldwide Developer Conference is a yearly event where Apple showcases its new software and technologies to software developers. On 16th February 2017, Apple announced the dates for the WWDC 2017, which has been set at 5th-9th June 2017. It will take place at the McEnery Convention Centre in San Jose, California, USA. As per speculations, the preview might be shown on the first night of the event. After getting tested by the software developers, Apple might release the developer beta version in the market.

iOS VersionAnnouncement DateRelease Date
iOS NAJune 29, 2007
iOS 2NAJuly 11, 2008
iOS 3NAJune 17, 2009
iOS 4NAJune 21, 2010
iOS 5June 6, 2011October 4, 2011
iOS 6June 11, 2012September 19, 2012
iOS 7June 10, 2013September 18, 2013
iOS 8June 2, 2014September 17, 2014
iOS 9June 8, 2015September 16, 2015
iOS 10June 13, 2016September 13, 2016
iOS 11June 2017September 2017

iOS 11 Features: What Can be Expected in it

Huge Siri Update

With each iteration, Apple is updating Siri, the computer program which works as a personal assistant and knowledge navigator. In the iOS 10 too, Apple has incorporated some major changes in Siri. Like, for the first time Apple has launched this personal assistant on Mac. But apart from that, the US-based tech conglomerate has also opened up Siri for the 3rd-party developers. That means, users will be now able to activate the non-Apple apps and can instruct them through voice control.  Like you can instruct Siri things like “Send a WeChat to Nancy saying I’ll be five minutes late.'” Or Siri will now even understand if you order “Tell Nancy I’ll be five minutes late with WeChat,”

iOS 11 Features

Apart from WeChat, Siri is now compatible with other chat apps like Slack and WhatsApps, cab ride services like ride-hailing services like Lyft, Uber, and Didi in China. Moreover, you can now instruct Siri to search photos via apps like Pinterest and Shutterfly. You can use your voice to start, stop or pause fitness workouts with RunKeeper, MapMyRun or Runtastic. So we are expecting iOS 11 will be compatible with more apps such as Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat and much more. Even we are expecting that you will be able to play popular games like Pokemon Go.

New Rumor Suggests Siri Will Adapt To The User’s Habits

Siri is Apple’s trump card in terms of their software. Despite so many rivals of the company implementing a vocalized AI companion, not one has been as successful or a widely popular as Siri. For iOS 11, we have already outlined the improvements that Siri could use, but it looks like Apple is working on making Siri smarter in a different way. The newest one on the block says that Apple’s trusty Assistant will now be able to monitor the user’s habits and adapt to them accordingly over time and repeated use. This will ultimately make the service more responsive to the user’s needs based on Siri’s learning abilities. While this has not been confirmed, it is very much possible with the way machine learning has been a technological focus since last year.

Enhanced Virtual Reality Experience

Virtual Reality is the next big thing in the technological world and plenty of VR headsets currently ruling the market. Google has left Apple far behind in the VR-compatibility and even planning to launch the Daydream VR with the upcoming Android N.

On the other hand, Apple is still struggling to cope up with this latest technology. Even with the iOS 10, there is no sign of a dedicated VR service to come with this current operating system. So we hope iOS 11 will fully embrace the technology and will come with a VR service.

Renewed Focus on the iPad

To most of us, Apple’s iOS 11 will be a worthy platform for the iPhone 8, which celebrates its tenth year anniversary this year. We have rarely remembered the iPad in this regard, and there is a good reason for that. With iOS 10, Apple focused most of its updates for the compatible iPhones on offer while the iPad missed out on most of the action. That obviously was a major disappointment for iPad users, who generally consider the company’s tablet device to potentially be one of the best on the market.

All that could change this year, as some rumors suggest that with iOS 11, Apple could introduce some new features and updates specific to the iPad. Not only does this mean that the iPad could finally get the attention it deserves, but it could also give stiff competition to all the rival devices that have launched in the meantime. The updates will not only be relegated to the software, as the hardware itself is supposed to be upgraded with a better display. The iOS 11 will also come with specific features that will focus on the display of the upcoming iPad. This means we can expect faster and more efficient display functions, more clarity, better zooming in and out functions, and yes, better Apple Pencil support.

Besides these, some features that have been brought exclusively into the iPhone and have done well could be introduced in the iPad too.

Don’t Miss: iOS 11 Compatibility Guide 

More Secured Apple Pay

Apple Pay is the digital wallet and mobile payment service launched by Apple for iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone SE, and later handsets. This payment service can also be availed from Apple Watch-compatible devices, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. We have also mentioned the probable Apple WatchOS 4 Release Date in this blog, and you can feel free to read that article and give us your opinion on that.

But the biggest problem with Apple Pay is its security measure. The modern day hackers have already figured out how to steal consumer information on debit and credit cards from the PoS terminals. Although Apple Pay uses a different mechanism and does not store customer credit card information on retailers servers, it is not at all unbreachable. Apple uses tokenization technique in the Apple Pay which stores the credit card information in an encrypted form on a chip, but it is very much possible to hack. So we hope Apple will come up with even stronger security measures in the iOS 11.

iOS 11

Introduction of the Doze-Mode

Google with their Android M OS, introduced the ‘Doze Mode’ which helps to save the handset’s battery when it is stationary, and the screen is off. In the Android N, Google has updated the Doze-Mode even more and now it is smart enough to notice when your phone is in your pocket or bag for a prolonged period and automatically turn on the battery saving features.

With each passing day, the battery life of a smartphone is being hailed as the most major and concerning issue. As Apple has not launched a handset with more than 3000mAh battery capacity, it is essential for Apple to welcome this Doze Mode in the iOS 11.

Switching Quick Settings

In iOS 10, Apple is going to update the Control Center to make it more customizable, user-friendly and easier to fiddle with the iPhone settings through a few taps. But the tech conglomerate is still not giving the users the full authority to personalise the handset as their wish, like on iOS 10, you will always notice the Airplane Mode first. On the other hand, Google is giving the full freedom to its users to personalise the Control Center. The Android 7 users will be able to switch the first option to Cast, Bluetooth, Flashlight or whatever the user wish to select. So we hope iOS 11 will give the users the full freedom to switch between quick settings.

Reply Directly from the Notifications

The motto of a Smartphone is to save your time and do your works smartly. Giving reply directly from the notification certainly, falls under this criterion. Google has already launched this service and now the Android users can reply directly from the notification, without opening the app. Apple has incorporated this service only for the iMessage, but we hope in the iOS 11 the users will be able to do the same for Messenger or WhatsApp too.

iOS 11 Beta

iOS 11 Update Likely to Bring In-Camera Augmented Reality

Among the many features that the iOS 11 is expected to come with, the latest speculations seem to hint towards Augmented Reality support. As noted analysts point out, this new feature will come integrated with the iPhone 8’s camera and overlay information directly onto the user’s surroundings. Apple’s interest in the Mixed Reality sector has been noted at earlier instances as well when Tim Cook spoke positively about AR because of its ability to blend in with the reality, rather than detaching the user completely as does VR. With experts having stated before that Apple will be peerless in their advancements in the field of Augmented Reality, we are sure that the iOS 11’s AR integration will be one of the topmost draws for the iPhone 8.

iOS 11 AR support for cameras

iOS 11 Camera with Augmented Reality Support (Concept)

Enhanced and More Functional Apple Maps

Despite taking on their competition head on and going ahead of them in several aspects, Apple has still been lagging behind in respect of their Maps feature. While certainly not for the lack of trying, but Google has remained the undisputed best as considered by its users for their maps owing to their large reach across the globe. But Apple is not one to lag behind for too long, and for their anniversary edition iOS, they are pulling out all the stops to bring Apple Maps up to where they deserve. For this reason, Apple is making use of the recently spurred drone technology and using thousands of these devices to deliver updated and precise data to their users while they are on the move. With these improvements, Apple is aiming to gain top spot and unquestioned reliability among users.

iOS 11 Maps Improvements

Revamped and Improved iMessage: Revolution is Coming

One of the most distinctive features that was brought into the iOS in 2011 was the iMessage, which has been upgraded by Apple several times. The feature in iOS 10 works great and lets you feel that bit of Apple exclusivity when chatting with another iPhone owner. However, perhaps it is time for Apple to really think of a reworking of the iMessage interface with the upcoming iOS 11. We don’t just mean that the company should think about adding new emojis or update it with some fun new features, but really make some radical changes to make it look and feel much refreshed than the current version. However, one rumor that is doing the rounds is that Apple might bring in a new iMessage version for Android so that non-iPhone users can also partake in the fun with their iPhone owner friends.

iMessage Screenshot Alerts

While we are still on the topic of iMessage, there is one hot rumor that has reared its head over the past few days. We already know that Apple is focusing big on the social aspects of the iPhone for 2017, and these changes will be bound to reflect on the iOS 11. However, it looks like Apple might traverse the route of popular socializing apps like Snapchat and introduce something called the iMessage Screenshots service.

While fans are already anticipating a revamped iMessage app for iOS 11 in aesthetic terms, the Screenshot service might be aimed at increasing and improving privacy levels and offer better security. To be clear, the screenshot feature on Snapchat works by letting a user know whenever any of their sent messages are being taken a screenshot of and are being shared by anyone via a notification. There is little doubt that the feature in iOS 11 will be used in a similar capacity. But while we understand, and respect the cause behind it, some fans may not be comfortable with it.

iOS 11 Screenshot Alert

iOS 11 Screenshot Alert (iMessage) Concept Art

However, keep in mind that the iMessage Screenshot feature is all but a rumor right now, with no solid proof or a reliable hint to support it. However, if it is brought in after all, then it remains to be seen how fans react to it.

Display Features

We love Samsung’s Always-On Display feature that made its debut in their Galaxy Note 7, and their latest launch, the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone features an even more sophisticated version of it. The basics of the Always-On feature are that it allows users to view essential information like the time of the day or the date even when the display in off. That means there is no need for you to reach out for the screen power button to view what you need. We think it is high time for mobile manufacturers around the world to embrace this simple idea to enhance ease of use. But above all, we think that the iPhone 8 should definitely incorporate this technology and add a few signature Apple touches to it. Perhaps we could have the Always-On display that comes with the iOS 11 to be powered by a new technology that will consume even less power than the 1 percent that Samsung’s tech demands. Apple is rumored to be making a lot of new changes in the UI aspects of the upcoming iPhone 8 to make it more user-friendly than ever, and an Always-On Display would certainly align with this philosophy.

iOS 11 may bring More Convenient Sharing Option

It looks like Apple is on their way to bringing this seemingly minor, yet very important improvement to the iOS 11. When you want to share something like a media file or a page from an iOS device, you have to go through a number of steps to be able to accomplish it. This is especially annoying in an age where we can expect the platform to keep track of our sharing behaviour and show options based on that. This means that if you are more prone to sharing files with a few people over the rest, then the share options should be able to list those people along with the apps that you usually interact them on. Up until now, this refinement is yet to become an official part of the iOS, but Apple has recently released something similar as part of a new video editing app called Clips. We expect it won’t be long until we get the feature as part of the iOS 11, especially because, as we have noted before, Apple is working on making the iOS 11 more interactive and user-friendly.

Other Possible iOS 11 Features

  • The iOS 11 may come with better Camera API which will be able to recognise code from multiple apps. Like iOS 10 is not able to recognise the Snapchat code currently, but with iOS 11 it might be possible.

  • Another major feature iOS 11 may offer to its users is the facility of multiple users to access the iPad. Currently, only one user can access the iPad, which may not be the case with iOS 11.

  • The tech gurus are hopeful that iOS 11 will facilitate the family members to share a common iCloud account.

  • Now, only one user can access an iOS device with the Touch ID fingerprint, but we hope iOS 11 will come with multiple Touch ID fingerprints for a single device.

  • iOS 11 may allow the iPad Pro to run a light version of Xcode to program in Swift and test immediately on iPad.

  • It may introduce the Smart Sleep feature along with the Lyrics Support, Equalizer Support, Custom EQ feature for each song.

  • It may decrease the number of apps on iPad and also comes with a true desktop-like interface.

  • Apple has introduced Siri-influenced QuickType keyboard which is capable of distinguishing what a user is saying and what computers usually think the user is saying, intelligently, but they have not introduced a full sized keyboard on iPad, yet. So, iOS 11 may introduce a full sized keyboard for the iPad too.

  • The user may customise the App Launchpad on the iPad run by iOS 11. The move, resize, drag to the corner for maximising options will be introduced with it.

  • iOS 11 may come with an Adaptive Dark User Interface across system and user apps for better night viewing. Also, the iOS 11 enabled iPhones may be introduced with the AMOLED display for better resolution and battery consumption.

  • iOS 11 may introduce the 3D Touch Speed Dial feature for the iPhones.

  • To tighten the security measure, this OS will ask for the Fingerprint verification to enable changes in settings.

  • It may appear with a new iCloud interface with better controls across multiple iOS devices.

  • It may come with a redesigned Spotlight search with Search API to develop custom quick search options. The Spotlight will also be enabled from anywhere using a double swipe from the top.

iOS 11 Latest News & Updates

1>iOS 11 to incorporate FaceTime Group Video Calls

If we follow the trend of the release dates of the previous iOS, we can expect that the upcoming iOS 11 will make its debut in 5th June, during the WWDC 2017 event. And Apple is shifting their focus to incorporate more ‘social elements’ in this upcoming operating system. According to the latest news and reports, the Cupertino-based tech giant is planning to update FaceTime with support for group calling in iOS 11.

Among the new features, we will witness in the iOS 11, the most prolific one would be the FaceTime group video calls. Through this FaceTime group video calling feature, multiple users can avail the video service at a time and the app will allow you to add up to five people to your call. Apart from it, there is also a possibility that the iOS 11 will let its users to start a video call from a group conversation in iMessage.

2> Apple indicates dropping support for 32-bit apps in iOS 11

It is almost sure that Apple will introduce some new features when they will launch the upcoming iOS 11 software in the coming June. But reports also suggest that they are going to omit some. According to the recent news, the US-based tech conglomerate is planning to drop support for 32-bit apps in iOS 11. Peter Steinberger, a renowned developer first break the news of Apple dropping 32-bit support and tweeted the pop-up message he discovered while using the beta version of iOS 10.3.

Even in iOS 10, a message appears on the user’s screen while opening the 32-bit apps which states that, “the app will slow down an iPhone/iPad.  The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility.” But in the iOS 10.3 beta, the message reads that, “the app needs to be updated. This app will not work with future versions of iOS. The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility.”

As the current iOS 10.3 beta is no longer supporting the 32-bit applications and displaying an error message which clearly states the app will not work anymore, we are sure that the forthcoming iOS 11 will stop supporting the 32-bit apps altogether.

Wrap Up

Folks, we hope you have liked this one stop article on iOS 11. Although it is very early to predict the iOS 11 release date and the iOS 11 features, but as we have done plenty of research on Apple and particularly on their Operating System, we are very much confident that our guesses will turn into reality, eventually. So keep glued to our website for more updates.