Apple on Tuesday announced its next major software release iOS 11 will be available on Sept. 19 for iPhone and iPad in the form of a free update, alongside the launch of the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
Apple debuted iOS 11 at WWDC 2017 earlier this year, and it has been tweaking the mobile software with early beta testers over the summer. It's now ready for the masses.
At WWDC 2017, Apple said deep learning was used to create a more natural sounding voice and change how Siri's words are intoned and inflected. Further, Siri now uses on-device learning to suggest topics that might interest you based on Safari searches.
New features in iOS 11 also include a Files app, animated emoji, more ways to use Apple Pencil, new ARKit and Core ML, the latter of which gives developers on-device machine learning capabilities, as well as the ability to pay friends using Apple Pay. Other features include AirPlay 2 support and a Do Not Disturb feature for while driving to help users stay more focused on the road.
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iOS 11 will be available in a free update for:
- iPhone 5s and later
- All iPad Air and iPad Pro models
- iPad 5th generation
- iPad mini 2 and later
- iPod touch 6th generation