iOS 11 Release Date: It’s official; the iOS 11 has been announced just at the time when we had expected, and we got an extensive preview of the impressive features that will be brought in this year. There was little doubt about the fact that the new OS update would be a gamechanger in the course of the iPhone and the iPad, and the new announcement confirms just that. This means phenomenal things for iOS users, so we take a look at all that we know about the iOS 11 as revealed by Apple, while also considering how the new OS update might fare in comparison with the soon-to-be-done away with iOS 10.

iOS 11 Release Date: What’s Cooking Inside

The biggest question regarding iOS 11 was when the OS would be released globally? What would 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 were not surprised when the latest iOS version followed the exact same pattern. The iOS 11 Beta is released in 5th June 2017 while the iOS 11 release date may fall in the second week of September 2017.

Apple officially released the preview version of iOS 11 at the WWDC 2017 event, with the final launch happening later this year in September.

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
iOSNAJune 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

After months of speculating over what may or may not be brought into the iOS 11, Apple finally pulled up the curtains off its most-coveted OS update till date and unveiled it. In the wake of WWDC 2017, we can only say that we have been left in awe of all that Apple revealed. The best part about the much-awaited revelation was that we were right in thinking that the Cupertino-based company is channelizing their efforts to make their iOS devices a user’s delight. So without wasting any more time, let us take a look at all the things that we are going to see in the iOS 11.

Imaging

To start off with the updated camera app, iOS 11 makes the imaging technology a more advanced version of what users had in iOS 10. Keeping the limited storage of the iOS 11 devices in mind, Apple has brought in a new sophisticated coding technology that will allow users to take high quality pictures with more than twice the compression support. This means that you will be able to take great pictures with no compromise in quality, and at the same time, save on the file size to make storage a lot easier.

There are also some gorgeous new filters up for use to enhance your photographs, all the while retaining their authentic look. The photos, Apple says, will end up looking more expressive, and more natural.

Last but not the least, the Live Photos have also got a facelift. The video loops are now editable to reflect whatever the user wants to do with them. You can now have way more fun with them by making them go through pretty straightforward Loops, or select a point to make them roll back and forth from there to create a Bounce. The new app in iOS 11 will provide suggestions about which photos would be excellent choices to fun around with. Then there is also the Long Exposure- an effect that gives a beautiful blurry look to all things in motion to capture the essence of time and movement.

All New App Store with Better UI

It was always but a given that Apple would want to do things from the ground up with the iOS 11 as the new platform was being viewed as an important tool to herald in the new generation. You will find a number of renewed features on our list here, but there is no better one to start off with other than the revamped App Store. The new Store that you will be able to experience has been designed to offer optimum ease for the users with the addition of new tabs and lists to help you discover new apps most well suited for your needs.

Apple App Store

With the brand new interface, you will spot a Today tab that will bring you the latest in terms of both apps and stories from experts, Updates, Games, and more. Users of the iOS 11 will also be able to see recommendations handpicked by the employees over at Apple. A number of new lifestyle oriented apps are coming in as well to help users deal with stress.

New Maps with enhanced features

The Apple Maps section is something that users have been clamoring for some serious upgrades in, and it looks like Apple has paid heed. The updated Maps in the iOS 11 comes with some really useful features such as Indoors help, which will help you locate places nearby, including figuring out where a particular shop or restaurant is inside a mall. That means you don’t have to constantly keep running to see the physical map of a new mall that you head to, and instead rely on your Apple Maps in iOS 11 to tell you exactly and on what level the place you are looking for. The same applies for airports as well, and you will be able to see detailed maps of the airport, which we assume includes gate and terminal information. You can even see which restaurants lay beyond security for when you get out.

Apple Maps

The other great feature that has been introduced in the Apple Maps in iOS 11 is lane guidance- something that has been missing sorely from the app. While the feature has been part of Google Maps for a while, making driving through small lanes much easier in unknown regions, Apple users can now make use of this amazing navigation tool with the release of the iOS 11. Moreover, you will also be able to keep a tab on speed allowances and other useful details about the road being driven on.

Huge Siri Upgrade

We all knew that a huge Siri update was on its way in the aftermath of all the reports that highlighted a redesigned AI enhanced with advanced machine learning abilities. Looks like we were on the right track with our speculations too, because the company has announced a much more capable Siri at the WWDC 2017. Apple describes the new Siri as “a more personal personal assistant,” and so far, the description seems to fit. So if your interests are directed towards one broad topic across many of the apps on your iPhone, then Siri in the iOS 11 will make you suggestions to fit across any of the apps. So if you are researching a country in Safari, Siri will suggest options based on that when you begin to type something based on your searches.

Siri in the iOS 11 has been made to resemble human voices, and will come in male and female counterparts. Besides sounding more natural, the refurbished AI Assistant has been designed to turn up different relevant result for a single query, as well as providing real time translations. All you have to do is ask Siri in iOS 11 to tell you how to say something in another language (you have to ask in English, of course), and you will get a real-time translation immediately. Note that in the initial stages, the translations will remain limited to Chinese, German, Italian, Spanish, and  French. This support will be extended to more languages in the future.

Don’t Miss: iOS 11 Compatibility Guide 

More Secured Apple Pay

Apple Pay is also among the services that are getting a very important upgrade. With the new Apple Pay in iOS 11, users will now be able to send money to their friends directly via Apple Pay. Moreover, Siri may also be used to command and Apple Pay transaction. The service has also got a lot more intuitive. So any time the subject or money or a pending payment comes up in the messaging app, you will receive a prompt on your device about using Apple Pay. The icon will appear at the top of your keyboard as an option.

Apple Pay

However, the option to pay your friends with Apple Pay may be limited to users in the US initially. It will come to users of specific generation iOS devices, such as the iPhone SE, iPhone 6, and above, along with the iPad Pro, iPad iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 and Apple Watch later this year.

Apple Music

Apple Music

With the coming of the iOS 11, Apple Music is getting a more interactive feel, thanks to the new user profiles. With the newly laid out interface, users will be able to see what their friends are listening to and the playlists they create. Besides, you will also be able to see what they are listening to over and over again to help you stay on top of all that is trending.

Airplay 2

AirPlay 2

The new Airplay 2 on the iOS 11 has been designed to keep you in control of the audio of your home or any other chosen space at all times. Users will be able to play music at the same time in two different rooms, as well as have complete control of all connected speakers everywhere. Your music across every speaker will also stay right in sync.

Redesigned Control Centre

This has been right at the top of the many an iOS 10 user’s wishlist for iOS 11. The revamped Control Centre in the iOS 11 not only supports 3D Touch, but also lets you get deeper into the customization front. With the updated feature, you can control almost everything with the help of a single touch, including adjusting the volumes or dimming the lights in your home. You can set up controls for the apps that you use the most to make them more accessible.

ARKit

ARKit

If you have been following the news, you would know that the iOS 11 has long been rumored to bring in AR support. In fact, past analyst reports have predicted that the forefront in the field of Augmented Reality would belong to Apple. In the iOS 11, Apple is introducing ARKit, the new platform that will let developers have easier access to building AR-enabled apps. So by the time the iOS 11 becomes official, users will have access to a lot of new AR apps that will let them explore the world beyond what lies in the bland realm of reality.

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)

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.

[Update: It was indeed a hoax, and thus iOS 11 is not bringing screenshot alert feature in iMessage.]

Miscellaneous iOS 11 Upgrades for Increased User Convenient

Upgraded Lock Screen Feature: With the new Lock Screen, users of the iOS 11 will be able to keep track of crucial notifications even without unlocking their devices completely. You can simply drag the top bar on the screen down to view the latest notifications without missing any.

Lock Sreen

QuickType keyboard: There is a new feature in the iOS 11 that will introduce a one-handed typing keyboard, which will be useful when your other hand is occupied and you still need to type. This keyboard can be activated with a quick long-press of the emoji key.

Automatic Setup: If you already own another iOS device or a Mac, then setting up your new iOS 11 device will be easy as a dream. Just position the new device with your previous device and all your data will be transferred and set up on your new device. In the process, you will not have to undergo the hassle of manually setting up your new device.

Do Not Disturb While Driving: This great new safety feature will automatically silence all your notifications while driving. It will also send auto-replies to notify those trying to contact you to let them know you are on the road.

iPad Upgrades

While the iOS 10 was a great OS overall, iPad owners had a lot of qualms about how it was more focused on the iPhone. With the iOS 11, it is pretty clear that Apple is willing to make up for their losses. There are a bunch of new updates in the iOS 11, and while not all are specific to the iPad, they will greatly improve your experience on the tablet.  We will take a look at these below.

New Files App: With the iOS 11, the iPad is getting a brand new Files App that will make for easier organizing. Finding your most recently used apps will also be a lot easier on the iPad and any other iOS device, iCloud, and Dropbox.

New Dock: The new Dock can be accessed from anywhere, and with the new swipe and slide feature switching between apps will be much easier. It also gets bigger, being able to accommodate more of your favorite apps. It will also adapt to the user’s habits, and suggest new additions that you have been using a lot recently.

iPad

Drag and Drop: iOS 11 is bringing the drag and drop feature into the iPad, which will let you move files between apps with much ease.

Apple Pencil: The Apple Pencil has to be one of the best features of the iPad, and with the iOS 11, it gets even better. The Apple Pencil is now able to make its mark on anything instantly, with the versatility of an actual pen. Users will be able to take notes, mark up pictures, or just doodle around for fun. It is more precise than ever, which makes it great for a lot of uses.

Document Scanner: Users of the iOS 11 can now scan documents and have them cropped and optimized for use with the iOS 11.

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.

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iOS 11 Compatibility

These are the devices that will be compatible with the iOS 11.

iPhones: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 5s

 iPad: 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation, 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2

iPod: iPod touch 6th generation

Wrap Up

At the moment, iOS 11 is available to developers in beta. A public beta will be released later in June, and the full OS will be launched in Fall 2017.