After a few months vacationing in beta, Apple’s new mobile software is ready to get to work. The Cupertino company on Tuesday announced iOS 11 will be available to everyone beginning September 19.
While the software skipped out on most of our major requests, it’s a significant release for several reasons. In particular, iOS will change how people use the iPad, which will be more laptop-like than ever before.
For millions of iPhone users, the new software will introduce enhanced augmented reality support, Apple Pay Cash, improved camera functionality, and a more natural Siri. And that’s just a small helping of what to expect. There are plenty of big features on the way that Apple didn’t even mention when iOS 11 was announced over the summer.
Perhaps the most underappreciated new feature will be a Do Not Disturb mode while driving. By sensing when a user might be driving, the iPhone can automatically notify friends and family when a call or text is received. The feature it designed to cut down on the dangers of distracted driving.
The good news is you’ll get the chance to update to the new software very soon—so long as your device is supported. Everything from the iPhone 5s to the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro will work with iOS 11, so chances are your device will get the update.
As a precaution, it’s always a good idea to back up your iPhone should anything happen during the update process. Below is a hands-on video we made when iOS 11 released in beta.