New iOS 11 features are changing your current iPhone and iPad now that Apple launched the final version of its big software update.
Even if you’re not upgrading to iPhone X or iPhone 8, your device will feel as good as new thanks to several user interface changes and fresh features.
iOS 11 release date
iOS 11 launched today (Tuesday, September 19), which is exactly one week after the iPhone 8 and iPhone X launch event. It’s come out of beta after a four-month test phase.
Don’t see it yet? You should. But iOS updates are known to take a few hours to become available to download and install. Everyone is clamoring for it right now.
iOS 11 features exclusive to the new iPhones
iOS 11 features includes a couple of iPhone X-exclusive features that you won’t find on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, or older handsets.
IOS 11 Compatibility, apple is combining emoji with animations, and it takes advantage of the iPhone X’s 3D face-scanning TrueDepth camera array. The result is Animoji, which tracks the muscles in your face to animate the emoji. All of your Messages texts will benefit (or suffer, depending on your view of expressive emoji).
Face ID and home-button-replacing gesture-swiping will also be an iPhone X-only feature. Face ID replaces Touch ID as a biometric sensor, and it’s going to take time for people to learn how iOS 11 replaces the home button on the new flagship Apple phone.
Portrait Lighting, also available on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, is an option Apple has added to its existing background-blurring Portrait Mode photos. It uses the dual-lens depth-sensing camera and machine learning to simulate a range of lighting effects: Contour Light, Natural Light, Stage Light, Stage Light Mono, and Studio Light.