After the fanfare and slick PR dies down, the actual changes in Apple software updates are usually pretty negligible. A tweak here, a subtle change in interface there. You download it because your phone constantly reminds you to and that's that.
But not this time around... hopefully.
Announced yesterday to much fanfare and slick PR (some things never change), iOS 11 looks set to be Apple's most advanced and intuitive operating system yet, featuring a totally revamped app store and a host of other changes.
Here are some of the key features to expect come download time this September.
Your friendly (and sort of creepy) iPhone PA can now translate speech, starting out with English, French, German Chinese, Spanish and Italian and will come with improved note-taking and task management capabilities. Oh and it also apparently has a more pleasant, natural-sounding voice.
And, in a move that's either useful, concerning or both, Siri will now monitor what you do across your iPhone or iPad, so it can see - for example - what type of articles you read and make recommendations.
Pay your friends using Apple Pay
This is a really good one: in iOs 11 you'll be able to both pay and receive money through iMessenger using just your fingerprint (you can set up different security measures if you're a bit twitchy). You'll then be able to put money onto an Apple Pay Cash Card (a bit like a PayPal account), which can be used for further Apple Pay payments, or just transfer the money back into your account.
Expect an improved Maps tool with speed limit guidance (safety first, you legend) and lane navigation while driving. As well as a 'Do Not Disturb' feature that will send people trying to contact you a message to say that you'll check your phone once you arrive at your destination.
Maps will also include floor plans of airports and shopping centres, allowing you to better navigate the hellscapes of Gatwick and Heathrow.
Better App Store
For the first time in its nine-year history iOS history, Apple is giving the App Store a much-needed revamp. The new-look download shop includes sections for featured apps and games, with articles and videos exploring more detail of their development, story and design, which is pretty cool.
In an unexpected but welcome move, iOS 11 will bring improved image quality to your iPhone camera (how improved, we're not sure), along with a new technology called High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF), which reduces the file size of iPhone 7 or 7 Plus photos.
Apple has also implemented changes to its portrait mode, including better low light photography through its dual cameras.
Finally, the Photos App will be able to create memory movies based around memories, photos of pets or friends, while they've also thrown in a Boomerang-like feature that lets you make short videos that play on a continuous loop.
Which devices will be able to get iOS 11?
- iPad Air 1, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7in, iPad Pro 12.9in, new iPad 2017
- iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4
- iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
- New iPad Pro 10.5in & 12.9in
- iPod touch (sixth generation)