iOS 11 will officially be released in this Autumn. But you can get your hands on it a lot earlier. The new operating system will bring with it a range of new features, for both new iPhones and iPads and old ones.
Those include new ways of syncing messages between phones, and payment services so that people can pay each other from within messages. And Siri is getting a major upgrade too – getting more powers and a far more natural voice.
Apps within the operating system are getting big upgrades as well. Apple Music, for instance, adds a range of social features so that you know what your friends are listening to.
And Apple is adding new technologies under the hood of the operating system, which can, in turn, be used by new apps that will improve over time.
But none of those features will be coming to the public until autumn – likely in September, as it usually is, alongside the release of new iPhones.
Some people are already using the operating system – developers who are signed up to Apple’s special programme so that they can start making apps for the new software.
For anyone else who wants to get hold of it, you’ll have to sign up for Apple’s public beta software Then, later this month, you’ll receive an invite to take part – and can download the new software.
Those updates are usually fairly reliable – Apple doesn’t push them out into the public until they are ready as they can often have bugs; meaning that the company doesn’t recommend installing it on a device that’s used every day.