iOS 11 should be announced at WWDC this week, with an immediate developer beta release followed soon by a public beta release. The first completed version should be released in September 2017.
Here we round up all of the latest news about Apple’s newest mobile OS and break down its key features.
iOS 11 release date
The full version of the iOS should be available in September, hopefully at the same time as the launch of the iPhone 8, though it’s expected to actually ship in October.
The beta is likely to be released at the Apple WWDC keynote overnight, letting developers get their hands on it. The keynote is also where Apple previews the new iOS’s features. There are several versions of the beta over the course of three months before the public release in September and, so far, there is no indication that Apple will change its normal schedule.
iOS 11 price
The update will be free but we won’t know exactly which devices will be able to run the new operating system until WWDC.
iOS 10 was available on these devices: the iPhone 5 and later devices, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, in addition to fourth generation iPad and later models, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod touch sixth generation onwards.
iOS 11 features
Apple will release more details about what new features the iOS 11 will come with next week but here are some it might announce.
Siri might be getting a major overhaul to become a fully fledged AI assistant in order to compete with Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home. There are indications that a Siri Speaker will be announced, too. There are rumours that Apple is working on getting Siri to sound more ‘natural’ and she might become more intelligent too, meaning she will be able to carry out a wider range of tasks.
iOS users have been calling for this feature for a long time and now Apple may finally bring it to the new OS. There are rumours Facetime may become a dedicated app, meaning that there is the possibility that Apple will add filters in the same way Snapchat has.
Sleep Tracking App
Apple acquired sleep-tracking company Beddit in May and may want to throw in the app as part of the operating system as an added bonus.
In-camera augmented reality
This feature would allow your device to recognise objects or people in images and then suggest an appropriate action. For example, you could take a photo of a famous landmark and the device would show you search results containing historical information about the place. Or perhaps you would take a photo of your food and it would suggest to Instagram it.