With WWDC 2017 just a few weeks away we’re taking a closer look at the rumored iOS 11 update and its release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
iOS 10 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Apple recently released its iOS 10.3.1 update and the company’s confirmed an iOS 10.3.2 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The iOS 10.3.2 update is in beta ahead of an imminent release date.
While most people are focused on iOS 10.3.1 and iOS 10.3.2, others are looking ahead into the future of iOS.
iOS 11 rumors have started to emerge and they’ve generated a ton of buzz amongst iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users.
The iOS 11 update still isn’t confirmed but there are a few things we think you should be aware of as we push deeper into the year.
This iOS 11 release roundup covers some of the basics including the potential iOS 11 launch date and the iOS 11 release date. It also takes a look at the devices that could be left behind on iOS 10 and some of the early rumors.
We’ll continue to add new information about the iOS 11 release to this roundup so check back for regular updates throughout the year.
iOS 11 Launch Date
Apple hasn’t announced an iOS 11 launch date yet but it’s easy to predict when we’ll see the company unveil its next operating system.
For several years now, Apple’s announced new iOS software during its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote.
The company’s confirmed its WWDC 2017 dates so we now have an exact date in mind for the iOS 11 launch.
WWDC 2017 is confirmed for early June with dates stretching from June 5th to June 9th. The event is moving from San Francisco to San Jose so you won’t see the Moscone Center when you tune into the event live stream.
If you’re interested in the iOS 11 update, June 5th is the date to circle on the calendar because that’s when Apple will deliver its annual keynote to developers.
Apple typically confirms new iOS software, release windows, and betas during its WWDC keynote announcement so look to be well informed by the end of day on June 5th.
iOS 11 Beta
Apple typically releases an iOS beta shortly after the conclusion of its WWDC keynote so it’s safe to assume the company will release an iOS 11 beta in early June.
We expect the iOS 11 beta to mirror last year’s iOS 10 beta with a release for two different groups of testers.
Look for the iOS 11 beta to come to paid developers first before shipping out to those in the free Beta Software Program.
Apple’s beta software program is free for anyone with a working Apple ID and it lets the public test new iOS features and performance ahead of the official release date.
If you’re interested in trying the early version of iOS 11, now would be a good time to start doing some prep work.
iOS 11 Release Date
Like the iOS 11 launch date, the iOS 11 release date is fairly predictable.
Apple hasn’t confirmed a specific iOS 11 release date and its WWDC announcement will probably come and go without a firm date.
We do expect Apple to confirm an iOS 11 release window and we expect the company to tag iOS 11 with a fall release window.
Look for the iOS 11 update to get certified and released shortly before the iPhone 8 is released to the public.
So, to recap:
- iOS 11 launch on June 5th at WWDC 2017.
- iOS 11 beta release in June for developers.
- iOS 11 release in the fall alongside the iPhone 8.
Will My Device Get iOS 11?
“Will my device get iOS 11” is becoming a common question amongst our friends, family and our readers. Apple hasn’t confirmed anything yet but it’s fairly easy to predict which devices will get iOS 11 and which ones may not.
Apple’s most recent iPhones and iPads are in. If you own an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Pro, or iPad mini 4, there’s nothing to worry about. You’ll get iOS software updates for a couple more years at least.
There are, however, a few devices that are on the fence. The iPhone 5, Apple’s aging former flagship, is one such device.
Apple appears to be phasing out 32-bit support with iOS 11 which means 32-bit devices like the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPad 4 are probably on their way out.
The first concrete clues started appearing in the iOS 10.2.1 beta and we’ve started to see the idea pickup steam as the year’s gone on.
Clips, Apple’s new video editing application, doesn’t support the iPhone or iPhone 5c. It’s a 64-bit application which is another sign Apple’s preparing to kill support for 32-bit apps and devices.
We will find out for sure in June. If Apple is dropping support for these devices, it won’t extend an iOS 11 beta to owners.
Other popular devices like the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 should be safe from Apple’s axe.
iOS 11 Update
As for the iOS 11 update itself, details are still pretty scarce.
A report from Business Insider claims Apple is planning to add “augmented reality technology into the iPhone’s camera app.”
Apple is reportedly exploring AR and mixed reality but it’s unclear if they will make it to the iPhone and iOS in 2017.
One questionable rumor from Israeli site The Verifier suggests Apple will be baking Group FaceTime calls into iOS 11. The report cites “several people familiar with iOS development.”
The feature will reportedly allow iOS 11 users to start multi-person calls via a group conversation in iMessage with up to five people allowed in on the call.
The site notes that while Apple is working on the feature, it could opt not to release it on iOS 11 and save it for a future update.
Another possibility? A full-fledged Dark Mode.
— Andrew Wiik (@Andywiik) June 16, 2016
The feature briefly emerged in the iOS 10 beta but didn’t make it into iOS 10’s final release in September. There’s a chance Apple revives it with iOS 11.
The iOS 11 update could also include changes to the iPad.
The company is reportedly working on expanded Apple Pencil support for the iPad Pro. According to Bloomberg, Apple “has considered allowing users to annotate objects in many applications across the whole operating system, including in Mail, the Safari web browser, and iMessage.”
There’s also chatter about new video features for Apple Music.
A profile about Jimmy Iovine in Bloomberg BusinessWeek claims Apple plans to “unveil a new edition of the Music app that better showcases video” alongside its next iOS update, presumably iOS 11.
Expect an iOS 11 Beta Release Date in June
If Apple decides to release an iOS 11 beta, and we're very confident it will, you can expect the company to confirm the release during its WWDC 2017 keynote on June 5th.
On June 5th, we expect Tim Cook and other Apple executives to address developers in attendance and the thousands of Apple enthusiasts and consumers watching the keynote in countries around the world.
Apple isn't talking about the announcements it will make at the keynote but there's a very good chance it will use the stage time to talk about iOS 11, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. We also expect it to briefly talk about beta updates for the new operating systems.
If Apple sticks to the protocol its used for several years now, you can expect an iOS 11 beta release shortly after the conclusion of the WWDC 2017 keynote on June 5th.