When does iOS 11.1 come out? Release date, features and how to install the beta for new Apple iPhone and iPad operating system. Here’s everything you need to know about the iOS 11.1 launch, including how to get the update NOW.
What new features will come with iOS 11.1?
iOS 11.1 is supposed to be the final version of iOS 11 and it would be released at the same time with the iconic iPhone 8. Some rumors suggest it will unlock a few new features available only in the new iPhone. Some features already known thanks to the iOS 11 betas are:
There will be a new Wi-Fi password-sharing feature on Apple’s next operating system. Currently, when a user wants to connect they have to go through the faff of finding the password code before tapping in the complex set of characters.
For now, an Apple device running iOS 11 tries to connect to your Wi-Fi network for the first time a display saying “Share Your Wi-Fi” will pop up. Then you can press the “Send Password” button and the other person’s handset will automatically connect to the network.
Do Not Disturb While Driving
iPhones will block text messages and social media posts while you’re driving from this autumn thanks to a car safety software upgrade. The latest iOS 11 operating system will be rolled out with a Do Not Disturb While Driving Mode that hides notifications while you’re behind the wheel. The software uses Bluetooth or wifi to figure out how quickly you’re moving and if you attempt to view your screen while in motion, you’ll be greeted by a blank screen.
After the tech has been used once, your iPhone will prompt you to launch it whenever it thinks you’re driving – you’ll be able to dismiss the notice if you’re a passenger or on a train or bus. The feature also auto-replies to texts with messages saying you’re driving although you can select certain contacts who’ll have the option of texting back “urgent” to display their text regardless of the safety app running.
Siri gets a new voice
Both male and female versions of Siri will be getting a more natural-sounding voice. Another exciting addition to the function is a translation feature which lets the user translate English into other languages.
Loop and Bounce photos
The live photo feature is being extended so Apple users can record their own short videos by selecting the Loop and Bounce option.
The fun function uses High-Efficiency Image Format to condense the file size of content – which helps prevent your phone storage from getting overloaded.
Long exposure snaps
Travel lovers have already been showing off their incredible holiday snaps using this new iPhone function.
Apple has added a long exposure effect their Photos app, a technology that’s usually only available on high-end cameras and DSLRs. The effect works by taking your Live Photos – a feature Apple launched last year – and combining this small video clip with a photo taken at the same time and then merging the two into one still image.
This trick lets you capture moving objects in a whole new light, as fireworks become bright streaks across the sky, car headlights turn into a ribbon of color and waterfalls take on a ghostly blur.
Here’s how to achieve the stunning effect:
- Open up Photos, tap on the image you want to edit and swipe up
- Four preview images will appear called “Live”, “Loop”, “Bounce” and “Long Exposure”
- Tap long “Long Exposure” and after a couple of seconds your Photos app will churn out an incredible work of photographic art… hopefully.
Exclusive iPad features
Those using iOS 11 on their iPad are treated to even more updates. They will be able to drag and drop files between apps that are running simultaneously in split screen mode. Switching between them will also be easier than ever, as you can swipe upward to open and close the different applications. The iOS 11 allows iPad users to use file managers – including iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.
The iOS 11 beta 4 has a lot of new changes and features, see this article on the iOS 11 beta 4 features.
When will iOS 11.1 be available?
iOS 11 beta 4 has now been released, but you’ll need to sign up to become an official Apple software tester in order to use it. If you’re interested, just head over to this Apple website to sign up and use an early version of the software. If you would like to know how to install iOS 11 beta without a developer account check out our other articles about iOS 11.
However, be warned: beta software may contain bugs which have not yet been addressed. Tech firms often release preliminary operating systems so users can try them out and flag up any problems ahead of the official release date. If you sign up to join the iOS 11 beta, you’ll also be able to try out new software for Apple’s other products.
When is the official iOS 11.1 release date?
Currently, Apple hasn’t named an official launch date of iOS 11.1 but it’s rumored it will be released with the new iPhone 8 in September this year and it might unlock some new features like Wireless Charging.
The iPhone 8’s Wireless Charging Feature Will Be Enabled After Launch Through iOS 11.1
If there’s one rumored iPhone 8 feature that crops up time and time again, it has to be wireless charging. Now, a reliable source has jumped into the scene and suggests a couple of interesting little things. First and foremost, the wireless charging accessory will be available as a separate purchase, and it won’t be available in the iPhone 8 retail box. Secondly, wireless charging on the iPhone 8 will be enabled via a software update, most likely iOS 11.1. Interestingly, this wouldn’t be the first time Apple would be bringing a new feature to its smartphone lineup via a software update. Last year it did so by unlocking Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus with iOS 10.1. So yes, this also (probably) means that the wireless charging accessory won’t ship on time.
Last year, iOS 10 was released to the public on September 13.