How to download iOS 11, Apple’s big new iPhone update – Business Insider

iOS 11Business Insider

Apple’s new software update for iPhones and iPads is here.

The update, iOS 11, is currently available in your iOS device’s
settings menu.

Apple announced the update back in June, and beta testers have
been putting it through its paces since then.

It’s a pretty big update, especially for iPads. iPads get a new
desktop-style dock, multi-tasking features, and Apple Pencil

iPhones will get a new file system, notifications window, and the
ability to download a new kind of so-called “augmented reality”
app that integrates computer graphics and the real world. 

There’s a ton to explore in iOS 11. Before you get started,
you’ll need 1.9GB storage space to update, and you might want to
hold off until others have updated without issues. 

To update to iOS 11, follow these steps:

  • Back up your iPhone. The easiest way to do
    that is in Settings >iCloud > Backup> Backup
    . You can also plug your iPhone into your computer
    and boot up iTunes if your iCloud account doesn’t have enough
    storage space.
  • Download the update. You can find the update
    in General > Software Update. Tap on
    Download and Install, plug in your passcode,
    agree to the terms and conditions, and your update should start
  • Don’t panic. Whenever Apple releases a new
    software update, its servers can get overloaded by millions of
    people trying to download it at the same time, so try again if
    it doesn’t show up immediately. And sometimes there are bugs in
    the new OS that get discovered as soon as people start
    updating. If you don’t need iOS 11 this second, you can ask it
    to update at night while you’re asleep, if your phone is
    plugged in. 

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Here’s the full changelog: 

App Store
• All-new App Store designed for discovering great apps and games
• New Today tab helps you discover new apps and games with
stories, how-to guides, and more
• New Games tab to find new games and see what’s most popular
with top game charts
• Dedicated Apps tab with top picks, dedicated app charts, and
app categories
• App pages include more video previews, Editors’ Choice badges,
easier access to user ratings, and information about in-app

• New Siri voice is more natural and expressive
• Translate English words and phrases into Chinese, French,
German, Italian or Spanish (beta)
• Siri suggestions based on your usage of Safari, News, Mail, and
• Works with notes apps to create to-do lists, notes and
• Works with banking apps for account transfer and balances
• Works with apps that display QR codes
• Hindi and Shanghainese dictation

• Portrait mode now supports optical image stabilization, HDR and
True Tone flash
• Photos and videos will take up half the space with the new HEIF
and HEVC image and video formats
• Redesigned set of nine filters optimized for natural skin
• Automatically identify and scan QR codes

• Loop, Bounce, and Long Exposure Live Photo effects
• Mute, trim, or choose a new key photo for Live Photos
• Memory Movies automatically adapt content for portrait and
landscape orientation
• More than a dozen new memory types including pets, babies,
weddings, and sporting events
• People album is more accurate and stays up to date across
devices with iCloud Photo Library
• Animated GIF support

• Indoor maps for major airports and shopping centers
• Lane guidance and speed limit information with Turn-by-turn
• One-handed zoom with double tap and swipe
• Interact with Flyover by moving your device

Do Not Disturb while Driving
• Automatically silences notifications while driving and keeps
iPhone silent and display off
• Optional iMessage auto reply to alert selected contacts that
you’re driving

New features designed for iPad
• An all new Dock provides quick access to your favorite and
recently used apps and can even be shown on top of active
• Dock resizes so you can add all of your favorite apps
• Recently used and Continuity apps are available on the
• Enhanced Slide Over and Split View
• Apps can be easily started in Slide Over and Split View from
the Dock
• Slide Over and background apps now run simultaneously
• Apps in Slide Over and Split View can now be placed on the left
side of the screen
• Drag and drop
• Move text, images, and files between apps on iPad
• Multi-Touch to move multiple items at the same time
• Spring-loading to move content between apps
• Markup
• Markup works across documents, PDFs, webpages, photos and
• Instant markup anything in iOS – just place Apple Pencil on
what you want to mark
• Create a PDF and markup anything that can be printed
• Notes
• Instantly create a new note by tapping on Lock Screen with
Apple Pencil
• Inline drawing available by simply placing Apple Pencil in body
of a note
• Search handwritten text
• Document scanner autocorrects for skewing and uses image
filters to remove shadows
• Table support to organize and display information
• Pin important notes to the top of the list
• Files
• All-new Files app to browse, search and organize files
• Works with iCloud Drive and 3rd party cloud file
• Recents view for quick access to recently used files across all
apps and cloud services
• Create folders and sort files by name, date, size and tags

• Flick down on letter keys to enter numbers, symbols and
punctuation marks on iPad
• One-handed keyboard support on iPhone
• New keyboards for Armenian, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Georgian,
Irish, Kannada, Malayalam, Maori, Odia, Swahili, and Welsh
• English input on the 10-key Pinyin keyboard
• English input on the Japanese Romaji keyboard

• New accessory types including AirPlay 2 speakers, sprinklers
and faucets
• Expanded occupancy, time and accessory based triggers
• QR code and tap to pair accessory setup support

Augmented Reality
• Augmented reality technologies that apps from the App Store can
use to deliver content on top of real-world scenes for
interactive gaming, immersive shopping experiences, industrial
design and more

Machine Learning
• Core machine learning technologies that apps from the App Store
can use to deliver intelligent features with machine learning
data processed on device for high performance and user privacy

Other features and improvements
• Control Center redesign brings all controls on one page
• Control Center custom controls including accessibility, guided
access, magnifier, text size, screen recording and Wallet
• Apple Music now helps you discover music with friends. Create a
profile so friends can listen to playlists you’ve shared and see
the music you listen to most
• Apple News now includes Top Stories picked just for you,
recommendations from Siri, the best videos of the day in Today
View, and great stories selected by our editors in the new
Spotlight tab
• Automatic Setup signs you in to iCloud, Keychain, iTunes, App
Store, iMessage, and FaceTime with your Apple ID
• Automatic Setup restores device settings including language,
region, network, keyboard preferences, places you frequently
visit, how you talk to Siri, home and health data
• Easily share access to your Wi-Fi networks
• Storage optimization notifications and free up space in
Settings for apps like Photos, Messages, and more
• Emergency SOS calls emergency services based on your current
location and automatically notifies emergency contacts, shares
your location, and displays your Medical ID
• FaceTime lets you capture Live Photos from the other person’s
Mac or iPhone camera
• Easily check Flight status in Spotlight and Safari
• Definitions, conversions and math support in Safari
• Russian and English bilingual dictionary
• Portuguese and English bilingual dictionary
• Arabic system font support

• VoiceOver descriptions support for images
• VoiceOver tables and lists support in PDFs
• Type to Siri support for basic search queries
• Spoken and braille caption support for videos
• Dynamic Type increases text and app UI to larger sizes
• Redesigned Invert Colors make media content easier to
• Highlight Colors improvements in Speak Selection and Speak
• Switch Control typing can scan and type whole words at a time

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