The iOS 11 update is coming this fall with a massive set of new features and more changes to how the iPhone looks. This is a look back at how much the iPhone software has changed from the first iPhone OS software, iOS 1, to the upcoming iOS 11 update.
Apple didn’t officially call the software iOS until iOS 4, but for simplicity sake, the iPhone OS 1 software is iOS 1. This early version of iOS arrived in June 2007 alongside the iPhone and included many built-in apps like an iPod app, Phone app, Text, Photos, Mail, Safari, Maps, Stocks and Weather.
You couldn’t copy and paste and there was no way to install other apps on the iPhone without jailbreaking the phone. This is a major difference between the first version of iPhone software and iOS 11 that is coming in 2017 — ten years later.
As you can see in the photo above, there aren’t many apps on the iPhone with iPhone OS 1. The apps also look very different than they do now. Apple killed the iPod app and made it into Music. There is no longer an official YouTube app and Maps no longer relies on Google for data as Apple Maps using their own information.
All of the icons are different when you look at the new version of iOS 11 compared to the first iPhone. Apple now includes more stock apps and you cannot keep apps off to the bottom right like in the image above.
The iOS 11 update builds on many of the features Apple added over the last decade including a front facing camera, Apple Pay, Siri, iCloud, Control Center, the App Store and Wallet.
Apple’s iOS 11 update arrives in the fall alongside a new iPhone and is a free update. The first iOS updates for the iPod Touch required a $19.99 payment while the iPhone updates were free. The iOS 11 update runs on the following devices;
- iPhone 5s and newer iPhones
- iPad Air (All Models)
- iPad Pro (All Models)
- iPad 5th generation
- iPad mini 2 and newer
- iPod touch 6th generation
What's New in iOS 11.1 & iOS 11.1.2
The iOS 11.1.2 update focuses mainly on fixes for the iPhone X that are very important for many users. The update is about 50 to 60MB for most users and should install pretty quickly if you are already on iOS 11.1.1.
If you are on a much older version the update will be larger and it will include the other fixes listed below.
The iOS 11.1.1 update is out now for the iPhone and iPad. This update includes all of the changes from iOS 11.1 and two very important fixes. This small update is just over 50MB in size on most iPhones that are on iOS 11.1 already.
The iOS 11.1.1 update includes all of the same security fixes as iOS 11.1, and the new features outlined below. After a lot of iOS 11 problems, the iOS 11.1 update is about delivering a lot of fixes that will help you use the iPhone better. This is a free update that is about 200 to 300 MB in size and it is one that most users will want to install on their iPhone. Here's a full list of the changes in iOS 11.1 including many fixes for the Photos app and for Accessibility.
Apple also includes a number of important security fixes, including one for a major WiFi flaw in this update. Most users will want to install iOS 11.1 for the security updates as much as for the new emoji.