Apple's iOS 11 release date, features you should know

Unveiled Monday at WWDC, iOS 11 will be the "biggest software release ever" for iPad users, Apple said.

- iOS 11 will support augmented reality (AR) applications. On the iPad side, iOS 11 will work on the iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 5th-generation iPad, 2nd-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

With the upcoming release of iOS 11, many apps and three older devices will be getting the axe, which includes 2012's iPhone 5 and fourth-gen iPad, and 2013's very popular iPhone 5C.

The functionality was first spotted on an iPhone 6S Plus running iOS 11 Beta 1 and is reportedly available as part of the newly announced file-management app, Files.

A staff member explains Apple's new iPhone 7 to a customer at an Apple store in Beijing.

The new Files app, also available for iPhone users, is a file management system that places all files on the iPad together in one place for easy organization.

The iPhone screen will also be locked to prevent drivers from using many of their apps while driving.

One of the most useful new features it comes with is the ability to wirelessly share the credentials of a WiFi network from one iOS device to another iOS device. You can also sort conversations by the amount of storage they take up, and delete them on an individual basis. They can easily be reinstalled on the device with a tap.

With this change coming with iOS 11 in September, nothing is going to stop you from releasing updates early and often.

In what is certain to be a welcome move for app developers, Apple has announced that all the reviews and ratings their app has accumulated over the period of its existence on the app store, will no longer disappear when the devs release an update.

The new OS gives iPads a redesigned dock at the bottom of the screen that acts more like the dock on an iMac. Geskin also posted schematic images that purport to show the design of the new iPhone.

Vanessa Coleman

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