How to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 11

Posted September 20, 2017

iOS 11, Apple's latest operating system for iPhone and iPad, is here. The assistant has new voices - both male and female and can now suggest topics based on user behaviour and translate languages.

Apple has updated the rules for developers of iOS applications to ensure that by the time of the sale of its new smartphone App Store will appear in all its glory. Now, in iOS 11, you will be able to customize Control Center to contain the apps and toggles that you use the most; not the ones Apple puts in there for you.

The company's new peer-to-peer payments feature, which lets you exchange money through Apple's Messages app, won't launch until later this year, Apple confirmed in a statement on Monday. This might take some time to download, and you should make sure you back up your device onto a computer or onto the cloud before you update your software.

As soon as the installation is complete, you'll boot right into watchOS 4 and you can start using it as you normally would. The operating system is announced as compatible with all Apple smartphones from the iPhone 5s onwards, as well as a host of tablets (all models of iPad Air and Pro, the fifth-gen iPad and all iPad mini models from the iPad mini 2), and the sixth generation iPod touch.

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For example, if you own anything older than (and including) the iPhone 5c, you'll not be able to upgrade your OS.

The best thing that iPad and iPhone owners can do while they are waiting for iOS 11 to come out is to create an iTunes backup.

iOS 11 is scheduled to be released tomorrow (although here's a way you can get your hands on it today if you want), and if you're thinking about upgrading to iOS 11 the moment it's released, there are some steps that you should take so you don't end up in a world of hurt. For that, go to Settings About Software Update and check for the update. The iPhone can detect that you may be driving, through vehicle movement or Bluetooth connections, and notifications will be automatically silenced to keep the screen dark.

For those of us out on the west coast of North America, we pretty much get a full day to play with iOS 11. Tap on Download and Install.

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The update brings in some under-the-hood changes, which would pave the way for ARKit, Apple's new augmented reality framework and some apps have already upgraded their platforms to support the new AR features. There, you should see the option for iOS 11. The camera's Portrait mode in iPhone 7 Plus Portrait mode now supports optical image stabilization, HDR and True Tone flash as well. Now, you can drag documents, photos, audio files, links and more across multiple apps.

Control Center has been completely redesigned so that users see their most used settings when they swipe up.

The wish list was an easy way to bookmark interesting apps.

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