iOS 11 is scheduled to release tomorrow, Tuesday, September 19, ahead of the iPhone 8 launch on Friday, September 22. While Apple’s latest and greatest operating system drops support for 32-bit apps and non-64-bite hardware like iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c, the great news is that any 64-bit Apple device that runs iOS 10 can now run iOS 11 as well.

iOS 11 release notes

Here are Apple’s release notes for iOS 11:

App Store

  • All-new App Store designed for discovering great apps and games everyday
  • New Today tab helps you discover new apps and games with stories, how-to guides and more
  • New Games tab to find new games and see what’s most popular with top game charts
  • Dedicated Apps tab with top picks, dedicated app charts and app categories
  • App pages include more video previews, Editors’ Choice badges, easier access to user ratings and information about In-App Purchases

Siri

  • New Siri voice is more natural and expressive
  • Translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish (beta)
  • Siri suggestions based on your usage of Safari, News, Mail and Messages
  • Works with notes apps to create to-do lists, notes and reminders
  • Works with banking apps for account transfer and balances
  • Works with apps that display QR codes
  • Hindi and Shanghainese dictation

Camera

  • Portrait mode now supports optical image stabilization, HDR and True Tone flash
  • Photos and videos will take up half the space with the new HEIF and HEVC image and video formats
  • Redesigned set of nine filters optimized for natural skin tones
  • Automatically identify and scan QR codes

Photos

  • Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure Live Photo effects
  • Mute, trim, or choose a new key photo for Live Photos
  • Memory Movies automatically adapt content for portrait and landscape orientation
  • More than a dozen new memory types including pets, babies, weddings and sporting events
  • People album is more accurate and stays up to date across devices with iCloud Photo Library
  • Animated GIF support

Maps

  • Indoor maps for major airports and shopping centers
  • Lane guidance and speed limit information with turn-by-turn directions
  • One-handed zoom with double tap and swipe
  • Interact with Flyover by moving your device

Do Not Disturb while Driving

  • Automatically silences alerts while driving and keeps iPhone silent and display off
  • Optional iMessage auto reply to alert selected contacts that you’re driving

New features designed for iPad

  • An all new Dock provides quick access to your favorite and recently used apps and can even be shown on top of active apps
    • Dock resizes so you can add all of your favorite apps
    • Recently used and Continuity apps are available on the right
  • Enhanced Slide Over and Split View
    • Apps can be easily started in Slide Over and Split View from the Dock
    • Slide Over and background apps now run simultaneously
    • Apps in Slide Over and Split View can now be placed on the left side of the screen
  • Drag and drop
    • Move text, images and files between apps on iPad
    • Multi-Touch to move multiple items at the same time
    • Spring-loading to move content between apps
  • Markup
    • Markup works across documents, PDFs, webpages, photos and more
    • Instant markup anything in iOS—just place Apple Pencil on what you want to mark
    • Create a PDF and markup anything that can be printed
  • Notes
    • Instantly create a new note by tapping on Lock Screen with Apple Pencil
    • Inline drawing available by simply placing Apple Pencil in body of a note
    • Search handwritten text
    • Document scanner autocorrects for skewing and uses image filters to remove shadows
    • Table support to organize and display information
    • Pin important notes to the top of the list
  • Files
    • All-new Files app to browse, search and organize files
    • Works with iCloud Drive and third-party cloud file providers
    • Recents view for quick access to recently used files across all apps and cloud services
    • Create folders and sort files by name, date, size and tags

QuickType

  • Flick down on letter keys to enter numbers, symbols and punctuation marks on iPad
  • One-handed keyboard support on iPhone
  • New keyboards for Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Georgian, Irish, Kannada, Malayalam, Maori, Odia, Swahili and Welsh
  • English input on the 10-key Pinyin keyboard
  • English input on the Japanese Romaji keyboard

HomeKit

  • New accessory types including AirPlay 2 speakers, sprinklers and faucets
  • Expanded occupancy, time and accessory based triggers
  • QR code and tap to pair accessory setup support

Augmented Reality

  • Augmented reality technologies that apps from App Store can use to deliver content on top of real-world scenes for interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial design and more

Machine Learning

  • Core machine learning technologies that apps from App Store can use to deliver intelligent features with machine learning data processed on device for high performance and user privacy

Other features & improvements

  • Control Center redesign brings all controls on one page
  • Control Center custom controls including accessibility, guided access, magnifier, text size, screen recording and Wallet
  • Apple Music now helps you discover music with friends. Create a profile so friends can listen to playlists you’ve shared and see the music you listen to most
  • Apple News now includes Top Stories picked just for you, recommendations from Siri, the best videos of the day in Today View and great stories selected by our editors in the new Spotlight tab
  • Automatic Setup signs you in to iCloud, Keychain, iTunes, App Store, iMessage and FaceTime with your Apple ID
  • Automatic Setup restores device settings including language, region, network, keyboard preferences, places you frequently visit, how you talk to Siri, Home and Health data
  • Easily share access to your Wi-Fi networks
  • Storage optimization notifications and free up space in Settings for apps like Photos, Messages and more
  • Emergency SOS calls emergency services based on your current location and automatically notifies emergency contacts, shares your location and displays your Medical ID
  • FaceTime lets you capture Live Photos from the other person’s Mac or iPhone camera
  • Easily check Flight status in Spotlight and Safari
  • Definitions, conversions and math support in Safari
  • Russian and English bilingual dictionary
  • Portuguese and English bilingual dictionary
  • Arabic system font support

Accessibility

  • VoiceOver descriptions support for images
  • VoiceOver tables and lists support in PDFs
  • Type to Siri support for basic search queries
  • Spoken and braille caption support for videos
  • Dynamic Type increases text and app UI to larger sizes
  • Redesigned Invert Colors make media content easier to view
  • Highlight Colors improvements in Speak Selection and Speak Screen
  • Switch Control typing can scan and type whole words at a time

These are not the only iOS 11 features because Apple’s official changelogs often omit minor enhancements. As an example, iOS 11 brings native FLAC playback to iPhone 7, iPhone 8 and iPhone X although the official release notes don’t mention FLAC support.

Keep in mind that some features may not be available for all countries or all areas. For more information, visit Apple’s iOS Feature Availability webpage. For detailed information on the security content of this update, check out Apple’s support document.

Things to know before updating to iOS 11

To update to iOS 11, you’ll need the following:

You should create a full backup of your device in iTunes or iCloud before updating to iOS 11. Double-check that you have your Apple ID password and device passcode handy.

If you have a passcode set up on your device, you will need to type it in before updating to iOS 11. And after you update, you’ll need to sign in with your Apple ID user name and password to use services like iCloud and App Store and access your content like contacts, calendars, photos and videos stored in iCloud Photo Library and more.

iOS 11 system requirements

Apple states that iOS 11 is compatible with these devices:

iPhone

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s

iPad

  • iPad
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (second generation)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (first generation)
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (2017 model)
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

iPod touch

  • Sixth-generation iPod touch

iOS 11 does not support iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad 4, iPad mini and older devices.

Are your ready to make a jump to iOS 11?

What’s your favorite feature in iOS 11 so far, and why? And while we’re at it, will you be upgrading your devices to iOS 11 on day one, or perhaps at a later date?

Post your comments below.

  • Technocrz!

    Cant wait to use iOS 11 on my new iPad Pro 10.5

  • Steve Harold

    Had it since June…. still excited cause AR apps.

  • prodromos

    i stay to ios 10.3.3 and i hope for jailbreak

  • TwinSon

    If you’re a public beta tester, is there going to be an “official” release tomorrow? I know the GM version came out last week, but I want to make sure I don’t miss anything before I remove the public beta profile and go to standard release.

  • nova12

    Is the horrible blue location warning bar still in?

    • John

      Yes and no.
      Only there if you turn it on and only for apps that are using your location right now.

  • David Gow

    Hopefully an iOS 10.3.1 jailbreak will drop

    • Blacklight: Retribution

      yes! please!

  • Abhinav Chaudhary

    And idga single f, staying on jailbroken 10.2.

    • John

      You don’t give a single f and yet you’ve scrolled all the way to the bottom and posted a comment.

      So either you have an off definition of not giving a single f or you’re just here to brag

  • abraham89

    so should i delete the beta profile and wait for the ios 11 update ?? running on iOS 11 GM build 15A372.
    PLEASE ADVISE ASAP !

    • John

      Na. In theory, that should be what’s released tomorrow.

  • efrds

    I don’t know why even though I love jailbreaking my iOS devices, in these recent years I didn’t miss it at all. Of course there might be some useful tweaks available but in my opinion the OS is almost perfect as it is right now. The only reason I had jailbroken, was because of biteSms, iFile, Flip Control Center and themes. So, I don’t understand the hype with jailbreaking at the moment. Back in the days, I even hate it because you could clearly see that the phone become slower, the battery last less and some apps from the App Store even rejected to open because of security lacks.

    • i share the same sentiments.

    • Al228

      iOS 11 only has about 10% of the functionality of a jailbroken iOS 6 or 7. Anyhow, I mostly jailbreak for being able to delete the “swoosh” sound from when you send a text message. That is the most annoying thing about iOS. Apple needs to provide the option to turn it off if one wants to.

  • JulianZH

    Updating it first thing when it come out. Jailbreak so useless to me.

  • Robert Mathews

    I absolutely hate that they changed the AppStore and the Notification Center to make it like the home screen.

  • Alexander Figueroa

    I still got my 7 plus on 10.3.1, getting my airpods tomorrow. should i upgrade to ios 11? tired of waiting for a jailbreak

    • Blacklight: Retribution

      wait a while.

  • Donovan

    Does iOS 11 finally remove the (…) 4G limitation. My 4G is waaaaay faster then any Wi-Fi i ever had.

  • JuanGig

    Im on GM, so ill update soon it is out…

  • M_Hawke

    Christian–this is a GREAT guide, thanks!

    It should be “64-byte” not “bite,” however…