iOS 11 Release date – Today!

Apple’s latest operating system for the iPhone and iPad will be released today. I’ve been using it for a month or so and it’s quite nice.

Something very important to note – not all apps will work with the new iOS 11. Apps that have not been updated to 64-bit by their developers (most have) will give you a pop-up message that they don’t work if you try to launch them. (Apple started this move to 64bit in 2013, so developers really have no excuse).

To find out which of your apps won’t work, go to Settings/General/About/Applications. In my case, I have 4 apps listed: SwannView Pro, FlightTrack, AppShopper, and TextExpander. The developers might have release entirely new apps (TextExpander) to replace them or they are just no longer supporting that app. If a critical app for you is listed there, you might want to hold off on upgrading to iOS 11. Keep in mind that using old, unsupported software is not a good idea. You would probably be better off finding an alternative app.

First thing! Make a backup of your iPhone/iPad – I prefer to use iTunes and have the backup locally saved on my computer.
Encrypt your backup by checking the Encrypt box – you will be prompted to create a password here. Please keep that in a safe place (1Password) because you will need it in order to restore after a loss or upgrading to a new phone.
I also archive my back up so I can use it in case I need to revert back to the older iOS 10.
If you back up via iCloud you can temporarily change that to back up to a computer as a second backup and archive.
Note: Your backups do not include apps – those are restored automatically by downloading from the App Store. If an app is no longer in the app store, it will not be restored. iMazing a great app that will back up your apps if you think you need to save them.

There are lots of great reasons to upgrade – security concerns are always the first but it’s a nice clean operating system with a few great functional improvements. Some like to wait for the first incremental update before installing and that’s perfectly fine. There’s no hurry but there’s no good reason to wait longer than that to upgrade.

Two ways to upgrade: connected to a computer with iTunes or on the iPhone directly. The former lets you easily create a local back as I mentioned above. The latter will need enough space available on the phone to download the update. If space is tight, use the iTunes method to upgrade.

New stuff in iOS 11:

  • Control Center – selective add and delete items – new items available include AppleTV remote, Screen recording, and wallet
  • Files App – for organizing your files/documents all in one place
  • Notes – now you can scan, sign, and send documents from within Notes
  • Messages – new screen effects (Echo and Spotlight)
  • The iPad will see the biggest change with a Mac-like Dock. Swipe up from the dock to get to the familiar Control Center.

There is a lot of great new functionality in iOS 11 and I’ll be sharing more tips/tricks in the near future.

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