iOS 11: Apple loyalists are anticipating a slew of new updates for the company's iconic flagship smartphone. As Apple celebrates its tenth year anniversary for the iPhone, keen tech followers are eagerly awaiting all the spark that this year's iteration of the iPhone is expected to pack in. For their anniversary special iPhone, many think that the Cupertino-based company will skip the intermediary "S" variant and roll out the iPhone 8 directly. Whether that is true or not will only be answered when the next iPhone is actually unveiled, but what is an absolute certainly is the fact that the new OS update for the iPhone, iOS 11, is due to be unveiled during the first part of the year itself.
iOS 11- Why the buzz is growing up?
For iPhone and iPad users, iOS updates have always been significant. This is because the company is famed for keeping track of user response and feedback and making marked improvements in areas that demand it the most. Since the iOS was introduced way back in 2007, it has come a very long way along with the yearly updates of the iPhone.
- Last year's update, the iOS 10, has been one of the most satisfactory updates till date. Like every year, the iOS 10 will be in continuous moderation until the next update is announced. Apple announced the second iOS 10.3 public beta very recently before the version is made available for downloading.
But considering all things, iOS 10 mostly concentrated on upgrading the existing features rather than bring in some new changes. But that's not all bad, as users tend to think that Apple is saving up on its cutting edge features for the iOS 11. And iOS 10 was a step towards paving the way for a very stable and feature-rich upgrade. No wonder, then, that everyone is looking forward to iOS 11. And while Android still remains the largest used mobile operating system in the world, the upcoming system upgrade from Apple will perhaps give it stiff competition. There are a number of new Android smartphones coming out in 2017, including the Samsung Galaxy S8, so Apple must surely have it in mind to launch a killer device with an OS to beat in order to steal the show. So when is iOS 11 coming out?
iOS 11 Release Date: When to Expect
Speculations may be many regarding the iPhone 8 that the company will be launching it in 2017, but regardless of the flagship's official iteration, the new iOS 11 is coming out in 2017 beyond a shadow of a doubt. So whether it be the iPhone 8 or not, the 2017 variant of the iPhone will certainly be a device to look up to. And it will pack in iOS 11 under the hood.
Coming to the question of the iOS 11 release date, we clearly see a pattern if we take a look at Apple's launch history for all the previous versions of the iOS.
- Last year, Apple rolled out the final version of the iOS 10 in September along with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. But it was announced much ahead of that at the WWDC 2016 on June 13. The company generally utilises the time in between to test out their already announced software, and last year was no different than that.
- After iOS 10 was announced in June, Apple started rolling out their developer and public beta versions for testing.
This phase is an important one for the company, and is one of the many reasons why the updates have been so satisfactory. The public beta allows users to download the trial version of the iOS to be released and report their feedback directly to Apple. This phase is followed by the final release of the system which typically makes its first appearance on a newly launched iPhone. iOS 10 was announced in June, went into beta soon after, and was finally released on September 13, 2016. Similarly, iOS 9 was announced back in June 2015 and was ultimately rolled out on September 16. So what does that tell us about the iOS 11 developmental stages?
Since iOS 10 was launched in September 2016 along with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus after getting a preview in June that year at the WWDC event; it is being speculated that Apple will follow the same tradition with its successor.
If Apple goes by tradition, then we will see the first look of iOS 11 at the 28th WWDC, which will be held on 5th to 9th June 2017, at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California, USA. Following it, iOS 11 might be launched in September 2017.
The WWDC, or Worldwide Developers Conference is a yearly event in which Apple invites developers from around the globe to take part in various iOS development workshops. In the world of technology, it is considered to be the event of the year. Gadget freaks look forward to this event as it is where the company presents its annual software updates too.
OS Version nAME
iPhone OS 1
March 6, 2008
iPhone OS 2
July 11, 2008
iPhone OS 3
June 17, 2009
June 21, 2010
June 6, 2011
October 12, 2011
June 11, 2012
September 19, 2012
June 10, 2013
September 18, 2013
June 2, 2014
September 17, 2014
June 8, 2015
September 16, 2015
June 13, 2016
September 13, 2016
iOS 11 Release Date
June 5-9, 2017 (Confirmed)
September 12, 2017 (Probable)
Well, if calculations are right, then the iOS 11 is most certainly in development right now. And as the company has always announced their new software related updates at their annual developers' conference, we can expect the iOS 11 release date to be happened at the same time this year. The new platform update will be made available to the public in beta form by July, giving Apple a window of nearly three months before they formally launch iOS 11 in September 2017.
iOS 11 Features Wishlist: What's Awaiting
Frankly speaking, it is impossible to know what changes and new features Apple is currently working on to bring in the iOS 11. But if we take what we saw in the iOS 10 and its following versions in consideration, then we can think about a few serious upgrades that the iPhone 2017 can incorporate. That along with the fact that this year Apple celebrates their tenth year anniversary, we can hope to see the addition of some remarkable new aspects. Let's take a look at a few of those.
iOS 11- Exciting New Features
Some new apps including apps for controlling home appliances where maximum machines from leading manufacturers support the system
With better voice recognition Siri is expected to control supported smart home appliances through voice! How amazing, isn't it!
It's for sure that Apple map is going to take a big leap on design and extra features like quick restaurant suggestion, mall suggesstion etc
iOS 11 will support a large number of devices from iPhone 6 to the latest and from iPad 1 to the latest.
All New Apps
Apple's app store has constantly been developed and enriched every single time they have rolled out an updated system, and over the past few years some things have become significantly better. But that does not mean that users do not crave a major overhaul in terms of the apps offered. One of the biggest things that users want to see in the new iPhone is the addition of completely new apps and services. Existing apps can also do with completely new interfaces and user upgrades.
Improved Apple Maps
Apple has stiff competition from Google in terms of delivering a Maps system. But in order to up their game, the company has been hard at work. Several reports have surfaced in recent times that seem to suggest that Apple is employing hundreds of drones to keep track of traffic systems. This sounds like a great way to fortify the Apple Maps system, which can be aided by the drones in providing the most recent updates in terms of street and traffic conditions. This will undoubtedly be of significant help for those on the move.
Major Siri Upgrades
Apple's most winning feature is the smart AI they introduced in the iOS years back, and it has always been fun interacting with it. But Siri has always had a few limitations, the most notable one among which is that interaction tends to become pretty frustrating when you're not from the US. This is because Siri during its early days was best capable of understanding questions and conversations with a standard US accent, so if you're from another country, then you may have found yourself working hard to communicate with it. But while Siri has certainly been tweaked a lot to make it far better, some primary issues still plague it. But as it appears, Apple is working hard to make the service more dynamic with a team of dedicated AI professionals. So we hope that in iOS 11, we'll see a far improved version of Siri.
- In addition to making Siri's voice recognition better, it might be possible that Siri's compatibility will be expanded further, While in the recent past the service has been made pretty sophisticated in comparison with what we had in the past, wider compatibility will ensure that reach out to more apps through Siri instead of having to type in tedious instructions. Latest reports suggest that this will be something to watch out for in 2017, as in iOS 11, Siri will be made capable of working with third party apps. Among the ones that could support Siri are widely used apps such as Uber and Whatsapp.
One of the main fields where Apple has been lagging far behind its prime competitors is in the field of VR. While Google, Microsoft, and other companies with a giant presence in the world of technology are putting the new tech to good use. But iOS 11 might just be the best platform to bring forth an OS wide VR compatibility. We know that Apple is secretly working on a number of major projects that may make it into their launches this year. And if the iOS 11 really does have to stand out among its competition, then it has to make some really stark changes. If VR does come into iOS 11, then Apple might also bring in a new VR headset into the market. Wouldn't that be exciting?
iOS 11 Compatibility: Check All the Supported Devices Here
Apple rolls out their system updates for free for users of the iPhone and iPad, but not every iOS device will be able to support iOS 11. The iOS 11 update will undoubtedly weed out a couple of devices in Apple's vast line up. The iPhone variants that will definitely be the ones that will be capable of upgrading to the iOS 11 are the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus. In terms of iPads, you can expect the iPad Air 1, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro (9.7 and 12.9-inch). There might be a few more devices on offer, but we can't tell for sure at the moment. Let's check out our probable iOS 11 Compatibility list here.
We can tell from all the expectations surrounding the iOS 11 that it will be a great update. 2017 is going to be a great year for Apple fans to look forward to, and everything about the iPhone 2017 edition will be revolutionary. And that includes in the upcoming Apple OS. We already know that the company has been working on some really cool technology at present, and many of them could end up making their way into the iOS 11 to compliment the iPhone 8. Apple has been tight lipped about them, but we have a few hints to go by. Check out some of the other sections of the site to get more in-depth insight into the several aspects of the iOS 11. Make sure you leave your valuable comments about what you want to see in iOS 11.