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Apple’s iOS 11 software for iPhone and iPad is now available to download.
The company’s latest mobile operating system — announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook in Cupertino last week — can be downloaded by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
There are a host of new features available in iOS 11 and many of them are instantly noticeable.
“iOS 11 brings augmented reality to hundreds of millions of iOS devices and new professional capabilities improve images in Photos and Camera,” Apple wrote in a news announcement on its website. “Siri is more natural and useful and a redesigned App Store makes it easier to discover apps and games.”
Here are some of the biggest changes in iOS 11:
- Control Center has been completely redesigned so that users see their most used settings when they swipe up. Unlike before, Control Center can be customised.
- Siri sounds more realistic and is capable of translating Chinese, Spanish, French, German, or Italian.
- There are several new photo filters that are designed to give your snaps a bit more style.
- The App Store has been redesigned to make it more enjoyable to browse through.
- Apple has finally introduced a file system for the iPhone and the iPad. It’s called Files.
- Apple Music now feels more like a social network with user profiles and the ability to share and collaborate on playlists.
- There’s a new “Do Not Disturb” mode that automatically comes on when people are driving.
- A new “Storage Optimisation” feature will help people to clear up space on their iPhone or iPad.
- It’s possible to get a wi-fi password from another iOS device simply by holding your iPhone next to it.
- Apple Maps has introduced indoor mapping for a range of places, such as Heathrow Airport and shopping centres worldwide.
iOS 11 will come preinstalled on the new iPhone 8/8 Plus, as well as the iPhone X. It will have to be downloaded onto earlier devices.
While many Apple users have been eagerly anticipating the arrival, it could be a nightmare for developers.
Last month it was revealed iOs 11 will no longer support 32-bit apps. Meaning more than 180,000 iPhone apps are no longer going to be compatible for use on iPhones and iPads.
The change has been rumoured for a while now, ever since Apple introduced a 64-bit processor with the iPhone 5S in 2013 and started giving gentle warnings that developers should update their apps.
But, don’t worry, if some of your favourite apps are only 32-bit compatible, they won’t immediately disappear now that iOS 11 is available.
According to Sensor Tower, the apps will probably stay in the App Store for a while and continue working on phones that haven’t updated to the new OS. Eventually, though, Apple will probably delete the apps from the App Store altogether.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to check if you have any 32-bit apps on your phone: Go into your settings, open “General,” tap on “About,” then click on “Applications.” That should show you which of your apps are 32-bit — if you don’t have any 32-bit apps, nothing will happen when you click.
Additional reporting by Avery Hartmans.