iOS 11 launches for all compatible iOS devices on September 19th

Brings a heap of improvements including ARKit

iOS 11 launches for all compatible iOS devices on September 19th

The eleventh release of iOS is due to launch on compatible iOS devices on September 19th 2017.

The new iOS 11 will come to iPhone 5S and above, iPad mini 2 and above, and the sixth-generation iPod touch. Any older devices capable of running iOS 10 will remain on that OS indefinitely.

One of the main advancements coming in iOS 11 is the addition of ARKit, which allows for AR games and apps to be developed more easily. Apple showed off its capabilities at its keynote with a demonstration of Directive Games' The Machines.

App Stores and more

A new App Store is also coming as part of the update. This will focus on editorial content and curation, as well as providing a separate tab for games to make them easier to find.

Aside from these larger changes, there are a number of smaller additions such as a smarter Siri, improvements to camera functionality, and more. You can find our all about what these changes will mean for you in our round-up article on iOS 11.

The new iOS will launch just three days before the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus launch on September 22nd. These devices, and the upcoming iPhone X, will likely come with iOS 11 already installed.


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