Apple’s iOS 11 release plans are still vague so we want to help fill in some blanks as we push toward the update’s official release for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
The iOS 11 release date is confirmed for the fall but Apple hasn’t announced an official date yet. With no media event in sight, it could be a few more days before we get a firm date for the United States and countries around the world.
As we push closer to iOS 11’s roll out it’s important for iPhone and iPad users to set correct expectations about the beta and the iOS 11 release date and release time.
For instance, we probably won’t see too many more iOS 11 betas. There’s also a very good chance we’ll see Apple release new versions of iOS 11 immediately after the initial release.
Some parts of the iOS 11 release are difficult to predict. That said, we’re able to fill in the gaps using Apple’s iOS release protocol and our experience covering iOS updates and iOS betas.
This guide outlines what to expect from the iOS 11 release date, release time, and the beta. It also goes over a few things you shouldn’t expect from Apple and what will most likely be its next iOS release.
These predictions will help average iPhone and iPad users, people new to the iOS operating system, and those of who’ve never followed a beta set realistic expectations going forward.
Expect the iOS 11 Release in September
Unless Apple drastically changes the way it releases new iPhones and iOS updates and unless iPhone 8 rumors are completely wrong, the iOS 11 release date will probably land sometime next month, shortly before the release of the company's new iPhone models.
Nothing is confirmed but all signs point to an iPhone 8 release date in September. Rumors haven't specified an exact date but we don't expect Apple to stray too far from its usual pattern.
iOS 11 and iPhone 8 release rumors will almost certainly grow louder, and more specific, as we push into September but the iPhone/iOS 11 release dates won't be official until Apple confirms them on stage during its annual fall media event.
Apple's release protocol calls for an iOS release a couple of days before the iPhone release. Last year, iOS 10 arrived on Wednesday, September 13th. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were released on September 16th.
The iOS 11 beta 7, which touched down a week after the release of beta 6 and just two weeks after beta 5, isn't the GM but we should be getting close to the release now that the company is clearly ramping up its testing.
Look for the final version of iOS 11 to emerge from beta in mid-September.