Apple’s confirmed another iOS 11 update for the fall and if we’re lucky it’ll deliver more than person-to-person Apple Pay payments in Messages.
The iOS 11.0 update is loaded with new features for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch though a few highly anticipated features are missing from the first official release.
In June Apple confirmed a new Apple Pay feature that will let iOS 11 and watchOS 4 users pay and get paid in Messages, or tell Siri to pay someone using the credit and debit cards stored in the Wallet app.
Unfortunately, the feature isn’t available in the current version of iOS 11 though Apple’s promised to deliver it to iOS users sometime this fall.
Person-to-person payments and Apple Pay Cash aren’t the only features Apple’s saving for a future iOS 11 release.
Earlier this year the company confirmed plans to release new emoji characters including Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Breastfeeding, Sandwich, Coconut, T-Rex, Zebra, Zombie, Elf, and Star-Struck and Exploding Head smiley faces.
The announcement revealed plans to release the emoji inside of an iOS 11 update later this year. Like the changes to Apple Pay, we expect these characters to be released inside of a milestone upgrade.
In 2016, the iOS 10.2 update delivered Unicode 9.0 and its new emoji characters to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch keyboards. iOS 10.2 was released on December 12th after a stint in the company’s beta program.
The company hasn’t revealed a specific release date or iOS 11 version though the company typically uses milestone upgrades to deliver new features. In other words, we should see this feature arrive in iOS 11.1 or iOS 11.2 and not iOS 11.0.1 or iOS 11.0.2. The company’s X.x.x updates are typically reserved for maintenance releases which typically include bug fixes and security.
Last year, the company announced its iOS 10.1 update and seeded a beta to developers on September 21st, just a little over a week after the release of iOS 10.0. iOS 10.1 was eventually released on October 24th with a long list of new features, fixes, and enhancements.
Apple also released iOS 10.0.1, iOS 10.0.2, and iOS 10.0.3 bug fix updates ahead of the iOS 10.1 release. With iOS 11 problems plaguing many iPhone and iPad users, we could see the company push out smaller updates ahead of its first milestone iOS 11 update.
The iOS 11 update is available for iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod touch 6th generation.
And while the emojis will likely come to all of Apple’s iOS 11-powered devices, person to person payments and Apple Pay Cash will be available in the United States on the iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and later, iPad Pro, iPad 5th generation, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and Apple Watch only.
Install iOS 11 for Better Security
If the security of your device is important to you you'll probably want to install iOS 11 today or sometime in the near future.
Apple's iOS 11 update comes with several patches for potential exploits. These patches address serious vulnerabilities in iOS. In all, the iOS 11 update delivers eight patches to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
That's not all. iOS 11 also comes with new security features aimed at keeping your data safe. Elcomsoft recently discovered a change to the way iOS deals with trusted devices.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you skipped previous versions of iOS, your iOS 11 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches in iOS 11. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your version of iOS 11.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 soon. This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.