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Apple iOS 11: Should You Upgrade?

Apple iOS 11: Should You Upgrade?

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The new version of Apple’s iOS is available! Does that mean you should rush to upgrade to the latest version 11? Not necessarily. With many similarities to iOS 10, don’t expect iOS 11 to deliver a user experience anything like the older version.

There are a few aspects you should consider before getting ready to upgrade. Let’s investigate further:

Your Device

Have you recently upgraded your device? Or are you using an older iPad or iPhone? It is important to consider your device before diving in head-first and downloading the latest iOS 11.

Firstly, the upgrade will take up a lot more space on your device than iOS 10, and it has greater computing power. This means it could drastically slow down your device if you have a slightly older one.

If you have any devices later than the iPhone 5S, the iPad Mini 2 or the 6th generate iPod Touch, the good news is that they are all compatible with iOS 11. However, that does not necessarily mean they will perform optimally.

Older devices, such as the iPad Mini 2 have successfully upgraded to the new version, however, it has slowed them down significantly. It may be best that you stick to iOS 10 on your earlier device.

How much memory you have available will also play a part in whether or not you should upgrade. The size of this upgrade is variable depending on your device, but it can be up to 2GB.

You will need more space (around 3GB-4GB) for the download and installation process. So, you better check up on that before you hit that install button.

Your Apps

An app is an app, right? Wrong! The world of app development has gradually moved from creating apps that are 32-bit, to apps that run on 64-bit. iOS 11 will only support 64-bit apps.

For the most part, this should not affect some of the most popular apps. However, you may be using some apps that are still 32-bit.

Check your favorite apps before upgrading to iOS 11, it would be heart-breaking to upgrade and later find that your favorite apps are no longer supported. If most of your apps are still 32-bit, it is safer to stick to your tried and trusted iOS 10.

The Features

The new iOS comes with a whole host of cool, new features for both iPhones and iPads. However, a vast majority of these are only available to one or the other.

If you are keen to get your hands busy with the new split view feature or the new dock feature, but you don’t have an iPad, you are going to be disappointed as it is only available for iPads.

Just a few other features with this new version include:

  • Live Photo effects
  • Files app
  • Drag and drop
  • Augmented Reality
  • Person-to-person Apple Pay
  • Apple pencil enhancement; and
  • Indoor maps

 

Additional extras that you can also look forward to are Face Tracking and Portrait Lighting. Are these some features you are excited to add to your device’s current functioning?

The Issues

If you are one to quickly jump on the bandwagon with new updates, you will know that more often than not there are a few ‘teething problems’ at the start. Issues with the new iOS 11 have been minimal thus far.

Apple have confirmed the first of these: that you cannot fully disable the WiFi and Bluetooth. Additionally, users have reported that the new operating system is causing a significant decrease in battery life.

It is best to hold off on the upgrade if you are skeptical about these issues. However, rest assured that Apple are working diligently at resolving them

If you simply cannot wait to try out iOS 11, start by upgrading your iPad as most of the new features will work there and there have been minimal issues with the iPad.

 

 

 

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