Months of beta testing and bug-squashing has led up to today, when Apple finally releases iOS 11 to the world.
Available for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices released since 2013, iOS 11 can be downloaded by going to Settings and checking for the update under the General tab. Beta testers are likely to have the latest iOS version, so this mainly applies to the general public.
Originally unveiled at WWDC 2017, iOS 11 features plenty of under-the-hood improvements, such as:
A completely redesigned Control Center: Already useful in previous iOS versions, Control Center got a much-needed refresh in iOS 11. Not only does it look different from previous versions, but you can customize what buttons show up and where they are.
A new Files app and App Store: The Files app lets you drag and drop files from other apps into Files and vice-versa, but it also gives iOS users a baked-in file system for the first time. The redesigned App Store, meanwhile, looks nicer than before and adds an editor’s touch for apps you might have never heard of.
Support for Apple’s ARKit: ARKit allows developers to create augmented reality apps without the need for you to go and buy even more stuff for your iPhone or iPad. It might take a bit, but from viewing furniture in your room to getting weather forecasts, there will be plenty for you to view in augmented reality in the near- and far-future.
Siri gets better: Siri sounds much more natural in iOS 11, but the voice is not the only thing that is different about Apple’s virtual assistant. From translations to being able to type your questions, Siri is now more responsive and can do more than before.
Let’s not forget about watchOS 4, which Apple also released today and introduces new watch faces, app animations, and other features that will make fitness-buffs smile a bit more.
Both iOS 11 and watchOS 4 are now available as free downloads.