Monday, June 5, 2017

iPhone 5 iOS 11 Update: 5 Things You Need to Know

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If you own an iPhone 5 now might be a good time to look into an upgrade. Software support for the popular smartphone ends this year.

Rumors leading up to Apple’s WWDC 2017 announcements hinted at the end of iOS support for older devices and today Apple’s made it official.

The iOS 11 update is confirmed and it’s confirmed for a select group of iPhones and iPads, among them, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6. Apple’s iPhone 5s will also be getting the bump from iOS 10 to iOS 11.

Other devices, like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c, will not it seems.

No iPhone 5 iOS 11 Beta

Apple’s released an iOS 11 beta ahead of the official iOS 11 release date this fall. The beta is open to many older devices including the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 but the iOS 11 beta isn’t available to iPhone 5 users.

An iPhone 5 iOS 11 beta is MIA.

If you own an iPhone 5 and you want to try out the iOS 11 update ahead of its official release date you need to buy, find or borrow a newer version of the iPhone.

No iPhone 5 iOS 11 Update

The lack of an iPhone 5 iOS 11 beta means that an iPhone 5 iOS 11 update in the fall is unlikely.

In fact, Apple says that iOS 11 will be released in the fall “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.”

This appears to close the door on a release for older models like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c.

iPhone 5 Probably Won’t Get New Emoji

If the iPhone 5 stays put on iOS 10, and at this point there’s no reason to believe Apple will surprise us this fall, the device won’t get the new batch of emojis.

New emoji characters are on the way to the iOS keyboard. They’re scheduled to be released in June but they probably won’t be released for iPhone in June.

Instead, they’ll probably be released in an upcoming iOS 11 beta or in an official iOS 11 release for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch this fall.

Unless Apple surprises with a release inside an upcoming iOS 10 update, the iPhone 5 will probably miss out on Person In Steamy Room, Genie, and Grinning Face With Star Eyes.

iOS 11 Features You’re Missing

Emojis won’t be the only features iPhone 5 users are missing out on if Apple fails to release an iOS 11 update for the device.

Apple’s iOS 11 update is packed full of new features including improvements to Siri, an overhauled Control Center, a redesigned App Store, AirPlay2, and improvements to the camera.

The company’s also upgraded Do Not Disturb, improved Apple Maps, and tweaked Apple Music and Apple News. There’s also a new one-handed mode on iPhone.

For a full list of iOS 11 features, take a look at Apple’s roundup.

iPhone 5 iOS 10.3.3 Update

What this means is that the iPhone 5 will probably stay put on iOS 10.

Currently, the device is running Apple’s iOS 10.3.2 update but it will soon be upgraded to Apple’s iOS 10.3.3 software. The iOS 10.3.3 update is in beta ahead of an unknown release date.

iOS 10.3.3 looks like it will be another maintenance update which means it will likely focus on fixing bugs and improving performance.

With just a few months to go before the iOS 11 release, we’d be surprised if Apple released another milestone iOS 10 upgrade with new features.

With no other iOS 10 releases in sight, it’s possible that iOS 10.3.3 will serve as the final update for the iPhone 5.

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