Apple announces iOS 11 launch date

Alex Kidman 13 September 2017

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September 19 is when you'll be able to upgrade your existing handset.

Apple announced the existence of iOS 11 back at WWDC '17, with the promise that its new operating system would see light of day "in the fall", without specifying exact dates for availability. At its "Meet at our Place" event, where it's also launching the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple just announced when you'll be able to upgrade existing phones to the new operating system.

iOS 11 will go out to users from 19 September 2017 for all eligible handsets and devices. It's likely that Apple's servers will be rather heavily hit on the day, so don't expect to be able to grab what's going to be a hefty download immediately on day one.

That date is for the US launch, although typically Apple does make its updates available early on launch date in Australia, but it's still possible we won't see iOS 11 pushed to devices until the calendar hits 20 September 2017 down under.

Can my iPhone or iPad run iOS 11?

The release of a new version of iOS inevitably means that some older phones and tablets won't run the new operating system. For the iPhone family, that's anything older than an iPhone 5s. Here's the full rundown of iOS 11 compatible iPhones:

iPhone iOS 11 compatibility
iPhone X
iPhone Plus
iPhone 8
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 7
iPhone 6s
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone SE
iPhone 5s

On the iPad front, you can stretch back a lot further for iOS 11 compatibility, although not all features of the new OS will work on all iPads. Here's the compatibility list for iPad models:

iPad iOS 11 compatibility
12.9-inch iPad Pro (first-generation)
12.9-inch iPad Pro (second-generation)
9.7-inch iPad Pro
10.5-inch iPad Pro
iPad (fifth-generation)
iPad Air 2
iPad Air
iPad mini 4
iPad mini 3
iPad mini 2

If you're still rocking an iPod Touch, there's only one model that qualifies for iOS 11, and that's the iPod Touch 6th Generation:

iPod touch iOS 11 compatibility
iPod touch (6th generation)

iOS 11 will be a free update for all qualifying iOS devices, although it is likely to be a big download, which may impact your broadband service if you don't have an unlimited plan.

Before you upgrade, it's worth noting that iOS 11 makes a strict rule of only allowing 64-bit applications, which means that any existing but not updated 32-bit apps you may have had on your device will not work at all on the new OS.

You can tell if you're running older apps on iOS 10, as it will warn you on launching that the developer needs to update it to work with future versions of iOS. That future version in question is iOS 11, so if you rely on a particular app that hasn't been updated, either check with the developer for updates, or start researching new alternatives if you plan to upgrade.

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