In September 2017, the iPhone and iOS celebrated their 10th birthday. In the case of the phone, they've recently presented the iPhone X (10 in Roman numbers, referring to the tenth anniversary), and iOS has also introduced its eleventh version: Apple iOS 11. The latter comes along with improvements and changes aimed at bringing even more out of the features of the American smartphone.
An operating system to make the most of the latest iPhone X.
Version 11 of iOS
During the WWDC of Apple held in June of 2017, the beta version of the operating system that runs on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch was presented to the public. It was finally made available in September in the new Apple Park at Cupertino, and its stable version comes along with the following updates and improvements regarding iOS 10.
- Control Center: it has been renewed to be able to customize it, making it compatible with 3D Touch technology. In other words, the user can now add more control commands.
- Notifications: it comes along with updates to manage notifications that improve the usability of this function.
- Keyboard: the keyboard has been optimized to make it more comfortable to be used with a single hand.
- iMessage: synchronized with iCloud, therefore, once you delete messages from your iPhone, you'll also delete them from your iPad.
- Apple Play: Apple's mobile payment system comes along with the new Apple Pay Cash to send and receive money to and from friends.
- Camera and photos: new Live function to create photos in loops (similar to Boomerang from Instagram). It comes along with new filters and HEVC and HEIF video formats that use up less storage space.
- Maps: the mapping application isn't so funny as it used to be as it now works as it should, introducing innovating information such as road notifications and navigation indications.
- HomeKit: possibility to configure Siri commands for domotics mechanisms.
- AirPlay2: you can send music to more than one device at once.
- Apple Music: the online music streaming app that competes against Spotify now allows you to create public playlists.
- App Store: the official application store has renovated its design with new tabs, such as Today and Games.
- ARKit: a tool for developers to create augmented reality apps.
- Files: a new file manager that allows us to manage those on our device and on iCloud.
- Siri: it now offers suggestions within different applications.
- Screen recording: you can record everything that happens on your screen and save it to your camera roll.
- Notes: it now allows us to write and draw by hand.
What devices are compatible with iOS 11?
If you've got an iPhone 5, you were probably worrying about not being able to update to iOS 11, weren't you? Well, don't panic because this operating system is compatible with iPhone SE, iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 7. Regarding the iPad, it's compatible with the first and second generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 10.5 and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, the fifth generation iPad, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and iPad Mini 4. It's also compatible with the sixth generation of iPod touch.
When is iOS 11 out?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions about this new version of iOS. Although it was presented on September 12th of 2017, its stable version wasn't made available until September 19th, when it could finally be installed on all compatible devices.