At its maiden event at the new Steve Jobs Theater, Apple announced that the newest version of its operating system- iOS 11 is launching on September 19 for iPhone and iPad as a free update. The event also saw the grand launch of Apple's three new iPhones.
iOS 11 was first unveiled at the WWDC event in June 2017. The company has been making changes to the said software with early beta tests over the summer.
iOS 11 will give iPhone and iPad users a new and improved Siri voice assistant, as well as many other new features like an optional "do not disturb" feature that automatically replies to texts received while you're driving. Siri will sound more like a human being, translate select languages in real-time and can answer questions and commands with improved contextual awareness.
For iPad users, iOS 11 will bring a new keyboard that makes it easier to switch between typing letters and numbers. The update also includes a new Files app that will make managing documents smoother. iOS 11 will also support apps built on Apple's new augmented reality platform.
Besides the latest launches of yesterday, iOS 11 will be compatible with iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5s. Among iPads, the new operating system will work with the 7th generation iPad (2017), iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 10.5-inch and 9.7-inch), iPad Mini (2, 3 and 4) and iPad Air and iPad Air 2. iOS 11 will also work with the 6th generation iPod Touch.