IPHONE owners are getting an upgrade today - even if they are not planning on buying an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X.

Every Apple smartphone will become more useful because the tech titan will begin rolling out its latest version of its mobile operating system.

Called iOS 11, the operating system will update several iPhone features, including ones you use regularly. Here are seven key updates included with iOS 11.

iOS 11 will see the expansion of Apple's already enormous roster of emojis. Your texts will be more customizable than ever with the addition of Bearded Man, Woman with Headscarf, Exploding Head smiley and Throwing Up smiley, among many others.


Gone is the current multi-windowed Control Center that allows you quick access to features like the camera, flashlight and aeroplane mode. In iOS 11, the Control Center is customizable so that you can add the features you use most, such as Voice Memos, Alarms and Wallet.

For the first time, Apple's mobile devices are getting their own file-sorting program.

The aptly-named Files will let you see all the documents and files you have stored in the Cloud that are synched across all your devices. It will also be able to files you keep in third-party apps like Google drive and DropBox.

Apple's virtual assistant now has a new, more natural-sounding voice. You can also ask it to translate your words to Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Italian.

Storage optimisation: Gone will be the days where your iPhone's storage is clogged with apps and data you never use.

The new storage tool in iOS 11's settings will "offload" apps you never use off of your phone, and will also ask if you'd like to store old iMessage conversations in the Cloud.


Getting on the Wi-Fi at a friend's house is simpler than ever before.

Rather than needing to dig up a password, you can now hold your phone up next to theirs, and they will receive a notification asking them if they want to allow you onto the network.

Sending a text while carrying your morning coffee will soon be easier than ever. IOS 11 now offers a specialised keyboard designed to be used with only one hand.

When you select it under your keyboard settings, it will shift all the keys to the left or right side so that they can all be easily accessed with a single thumb.

This story first appeared on The NY Post.

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