With the latest version of iOS 11, you may be thinking "I can upgrade from iOS 10!" But you really need to be asking yourself "Should I?"
Even though iOS 10 and iOS 11 carry a lot of similarities, you shouldn't expect the same user experience across both operating systems. Here are some things to consider before you hit that install button tomorrow.
Which device do you currently use?
The first thing you need to consider is what device you use. Whether you're using an iPad, iPhone, or both, iOS 11 takes up more space and takes more computing power than iOS 10, which means it can slow down older devices.
Running iOS 11 on my iPad Mini 2 (one of the oldest devices that's compatible) has made my iPad very slow, and ordinary tasks suddenly have become difficult. In contrast, iOS 11 runs perfectly on my more-recent iPhone 6s Plus.
Obviously, your mileage will vary depending on an assortment of factors; however, if you're using a much older device, it may be best to hold off on updating to the latest version of iOS until you get some new hardware.
What apps do you currently use?
If you haven't already heard, apps that haven't been updated by developers to 64-bit will not work in iOS 11. What does this mean for you? Well, it could mean nothing. You may not use any apps that are still 32-bit, meaning the developers have kept their apps updated to Apple's newest specs. If you're concerned that an app you love or use often may be affected and you want to make sure you know what you're getting into before you download iOS 11, you can quickly check if the apps on your phone are 32-bit or not.
If you use a lot of apps that are still 32-bit, you'll need to decide how important those apps are to you. If you don't think you could live without them, iOS 11 is not for you.
Which new features are important to you?
iOS 11 comes with a wide variety of new features for both iPhone and iPad, but not all the features are available to every device.
Most notably, iOS 11 has a lot of iPad-only features that the iPhone can't take advantage of including the new Dock and multitasking. If these are the features you are excited for but you don't have an iPad, you're going to be disappointed when you upgrade your iPhone.
Alternatively, if you are beyond excited for cool features like editing Live Photo effects, new emoji, or the Files app, then iOS 11 is the only way you're going to be able to take advantage of these features. Take a long, hard look at all the features of iOS 11 and decide if the features you're the most excited for are worth upgrading for the device you have.
Consider your security
While Apple regularly pushes out security updates for older iPhone models and operating systems, the best way to protect yourself against an exploit is to be running the latest version of iOS.
Are you going to upgrade to the new version of iOS?
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