iOS 11 VS iOS 10: Whether to Update to the Latest OS

By Emily Watson, Thursday, June 15, 2017

Though iOS 11 is not yet available for the public, it's already like a rock thrown into the peaceful lake, sparking discussions and arousing interests all over the world. There are also at least 3 months to go before iOS 11 is officially released. However, as it used to be, people are desperately looking forward to the next masterpiece of Apple, let alone myself keeping my eyes on any information of iOS 11.

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Now that the beta version of iOS 11 was released to the developers in WWDC on June 5-9, 2017. Along with quite a few stunning features on iOS 11, you'd be loving it if you've kept your eyes on it. If you hesitate whether it's worth updating to the iOS 11, I'm sure you'd figure it out after reading this article with the comparison of the both.

Before going any further, you should make sure whether iOS 11 is compatible with your iOS device. Supported devices include:

  • iPhone 7; iPhone 7 Plus; iPhone 6s; iPhone 6s Plus; iPhone 6; iPhone 6 Plus; iPhone SE and iPhone 5s

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation, 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2

  • iPod touch 6th generation

The Advantages iOS 11 Brings to You:

1. Camera Steps to A New Level

iOS 11 makes Camera app more versatile and powerful. As opposed to iOS 10, Camera app works to scan QR Code in a direct way. Moreover, there are more filters for your choices. Portrait photos are more expressive. Skin tones seem more natural. The professional-quality filters are here making you an expert photographer.

Better yet, Live Photos become more expressive with three new modes - Loops, Bounce and Long Exposure. Users are now able to easily make a fun video loop or make it back and forth. Long Exposure enables to capture the time and movement creating an amazing effect.

2. Half-Sized Photos with Same Quality

Apple introduced two new camera formats in iOS 11: HEVC and HEIF. These photo formats are estimated to save you 50% on storage without any loss in image quality. Sounds awesome, right? Now, you can take and as twice as more photos in your iPhone.

iOS 11 Photos

3.Send or Receive Money as Easy as A Conversation

Not before long on iOS 11, Apple Pay is going to change the way you used to go dutch with friends. You can send and receive money via iMessages or Siri very soon. After the authentication, money can be sent or received as easily and conveniently as you text a friend.

4. Customizable Control Center

Finally, users can personalize the Control Center on the upcoming iOS 11. Now that the Control Center has been redesigned, you're able to change the settings as you like. Want to be ready when inspiration hits? Add a Voice Memos control. Want to dim the lights in the dining room with a tap? Add Home controls. Or use 3D Touch in Control Center to unlock even more commands.

Control Center

5. A Whole New App Store

App Store has been unchanged for about nine years, so users might have grown tiredness of its always same interface. That's why a fresh new App Store is coming with a whole new design and perspective.

As to help you easily find favorite apps or games, here set with new patterns like must-read stories, expert recommendations, carefully crafted lists, and helpful how-tos. In addition, there are tabs such as Today Tab, Games Tab and Apps Tab which include most featured content for you to kick off.

App Store iOS 11

6. Apple Music with Friends

Feel alone when listening to music with your iPhone? Now, Apple Music is becoming more sociable. After you subscribe to your friends, you're able to listen to the playlists they've shared and albums and stations to which they often listen. Perhaps you can find a friend of the same taste in Apple Music.

Apple Music iOS 11

7. One-handed Keyboard

Would you find it inconvenient when you try typing something on iPhone with a single hand? Sometimes you're holding a cup of coffee or drinking smoothie, but you have to reply a message. It's a bit embarrassing. However, this inconvenience has been solved with a one-handed QuickType Keyboard. Simply give a touch of the Earth icon and start enjoying one-handed typing.


The Disadvantages iOS 11 Might Cause:

1. Support 64 Bits Only

iOS 11 officially drops support for 32-bit applications in WWDC. Any 32-bit apps cannot be launched while Apple persuades the developers to release a 64-bit update. Therefore, a 32-bit app cannot be running on iOS 11. However, it seems a bigger headache to developers than users.

2. Potential Data Loss Might Come

As it used to happen after every software update, many might encounter data loss after update failure. That's a disaster. So, please make sure you've backed up your iPhone/iPad in advance. Even things come out of expectancy, you're still able to recover deleted data.

Also, it's recommendable to upgrade the iOS device to iOS 11 via iTunes. It's more stable and secure. Many who fail to update were using OTA (Over The Air). To be safe, please try the safer alternative.

iOS 11

As far as I'm concerned, there are no reasons to turn your back on iOS 11. However, iOS 11 will not be here until this fall. Don't rush to upgrade your device. Wait for a while and do it until all the nuisances are resolved.

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