Features, specs, FAQ, tips, and tricks

Apple TV has grown up a lot since its iTV days. It’s not just for iTunes rentals anymore—Apple TV handles just about anything we watch, from House of Cards to Game of Thrones and Major League Baseball games, and now that includes 4K content.

Since Apple opened up its tiny streaming box to developers, it’s gone from fun to indispensable. With an extensive library of apps, Siri support, and a drop-dead simple interface, Apple TV is one of the underrated players in Apple’s lineup. Just like all those years ago, it’s still the device that “completes the story” of Apple’s entertainment ecosystem, and even without some of the bells and whistles of its competitors, Apple TV is still one of the best streaming boxes you can buy—from SD to HD to brilliant 4K.

And we’ve got everything you need to know about it, including any questions you have about the new 4K model. Whether you’re buying your first one or just want to learn a few more tricks, make sure to bookmark our guide to Apple TV and tvOS as we keep it updated with all the latest news, features, tricks, and tips.

Apple TV 4K Specs

Size and weight

Height: 1.4 inches
Width: 3.9 inches
Depth: 3.9 inches
Weight: 15 ounces

Capacity

32GB or 64GB

Chip

A10X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture

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The Apple TV 4k brings HDMI 2a and gigabit ethernet.

Ports/Connectivity

HDMI 2.0a
802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO, simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Gigabit ethernet
Bluetooth 5.0
IR receiver

Video Formats

  • H.264/HEVC SDR video up to 2160p, 60 fps, Main/Main 10 profile
  • HEVC Dolby Vision (Profile 5)/HDR10 (Main 10 profile) up to 2160p
  • H.264 Baseline Profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
  • MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 fps, Simple profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

In the box

Apple TV
Siri Remote
Power cord
Lightning to USB Cable

Pricing

32GB: $179
64GB: $199

Apple TV (4th generation) specs

Size and weight

Height: 1.4 inches
Width: 3.9 inches
Depth: 3.9 inches
Weight: 15 ounces

Capacity

32GB

Chip

Apple A8 chip with 64-bit architecture

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You’ll need to bring your own HDMI cable to hook up Apple TV to your TV set.

Ports/Connectivity

HDMI 1.4
802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO
10/100BASE-T ethernet
USB‑C
Bluetooth 4.0
IR receiver

Video Formats

  • H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High or Main Profile level 4.2 or lower
  • H.264 Baseline Profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats
  • MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

In the box

Apple TV
Siri Remote
Power cord
Lightning to USB Cable

Pricing

32GB: $149
64GB: $199

Apple TV (4th generation) review

Apple last updated Apple TV in 2015, and at the time, we had this to say: “AirPlay is an extremely convenient way to mirror your Mac or iOS device’s screen to your television, and Apple TV is of course the only set-top box that can play content rented or purchased from the iTunes Store.” Read our full review.

Apple TV FAQ

Can I watch 4k content?

The newly released Apple TV 4K streams 4K content, provided you have a TV that supports it. 

What about HDR and Dolby Vision?

Yes and yes. But again, you’ll need a new Apple TV 4K and TV that supports it.

What do I need to get started?

Pretty much all you need to buy is an HDMI cable. Any one will do, so stay away from high-priced cables.

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Your Siri remote has a Lightning charging port, but don’t worry, you won’t need to use it very often.

How do I get 4K content?

If you have a Netflix subscription, you can can upgrade to the premium plan for $12 a month to be able to stream 4K content. Many Netflix original shows are offered in 4K, including Jessica Jones, Stranger Things, and The Crown, as well as many movies. You can also find 4K titles on Hulu and Amazon Prime (once it’s available).

YouTube too?

YouTube’s 4K content isn’t supported on Apple TV yet. The culprit is Google’s VP9 codec, which isn’t supported. Apple hasn’t offered a time frame for when it will be added.

What about iTunes?

Yes, Apple is selling 4K movies and TV shows through the iTunes Store. And they won’t cost you any more. Apple had priced 4K movies the same as HD ones, and what’s more, all previously purchased movies will be automatically upgraded to 4K for free.

Can I download 4K content?

Nope. 4K content can only be streamed.

Why aren’t my Marvel and Star Wars movies streaming in 4K?

Disney has signed on to stream 4K content in iTunes yet, so you’ll have to wait to watch Spider-Man Homecoming in 2160p.

Does Apple TV 4K support Dolby Atmos surround sound?

Not yet. Out of the box, Apple TV 4K supports the same Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound as the non-4K Apple TV, but Apple says Dolby Atmos is coming in a future tvOS update.

Does Apple TV 4K have any other new features?

You can also stream live sports and news from the ESPN, CNN and NBA apps, among others. Most services require a cable or a standalone subscription, but if you have one, you’ll only need to ask Siri to watch the Warriors game or put on CNN to see what’s happening live. Plus, there will be a dedicated tab in the TV app with live scores.

Why does the Siri Remote have a Lightning port?

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The only change on the new Siri remote is a white circle around the Menu button.

The Lightning port on the Siri Remote is for charging. Depending on how often you use it, you shouldn’t have to plug it in more often than once every few months. To check the battery level, head over to Remotes and Devices inside the Settings app, select Bluetooth, and you’ll see a battery indicator next to Remote.

Is the Siri remote different on Apple TV 4K?

Technically no. But there is a visual change from prior models that aims to prevent people from trying to use it upside down: The menu button has a white circle around it. The new style remote also comes with the non-4K Apple TV.

tvOS FAQ

How do I know if I’m running the latest version?

You can check for software updates by heading to the Settings app and opening the System tab. Select Software Updates and scroll up to Update Software. If an update is available, you will be prompted to download and install it. You can also choose to turn on automatic updates.

What’s new in tvOS 11?

tvOS 11 doesn’t bring any cool features like iOS 11 or macOS High Sierra, but there are a couple new things to try out. Among the usual performance enhancements, tvOS 11 features home screen sync (for keeping multiple Apple TVs on the same page), automatic dark and light mode switching, support for AirPods, and AirPlay 2.

How can I test out beta versions?

For the first time, Apple has included tvOS in the Beta Software Program, so you can download the latest version of tvOS 11 on your Apple TV right now. To get it, you’ll first need to sign up for the beta program at Apple.com if you haven’t already as part of the iOS or macOS betas. Then, head over to the Settings app on your Apple TV and find System. Open it, select Software Updates, and click Get Public Beta Updates to turn on over-the-air downloads. Select the Agree button and then scroll up to Update Software. Finally, click Download and Install, and wait for your Apple TV to restart.

How is AirPlay 2 different from Airplay?

The original AirPlay was essentially an easy way to get content from you iOS devices to your TV screen. With version 2, AirPlay has expanded its capabilities. You can now stream audio to multiple sources, meaning your Apple TV will act as a hub that lets you send music all throughout your house, not just your main home theater system. Additionally, your Apple TV can double as a AirPlay “speaker,” so you can send audio from your Mac or iOS device to your surround sound system with just a tap.

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It’s easy to download and install apps on Apple TV.

How do I download apps?

Just like on Macs and iOS devices, Apple TV has a dedicated store for downloading and installing apps. Select the App Store icon on your home screen, and you can navigate and search for apps like you do on your other devices. And they’ll all be designed to look their best on the big screen.

Is Amazon Prime Video available?

Not yet, but soon. Amazon has been one of the few holdouts on tvOS, but Tim Cook announced at WWDC that the video service would finally be coming to Apple TV. No timeframe was given, but presumably it will be available around the time tvOS 11 lands in the fall.

What’s Single sign-on?

With Single sign-on on Apple TV, you won’t have to repeatedly enter the username and password for your cable provider every time you want to watch an app that requires it. The list of providers it works with is lengthy, but missing most of the major players:

  • Blue Ridge
  • Cable ONE
  • CenturyLink Prism
  • Comporium
  • DIRECTV
  • Dish
  • Fidelity Communications
  • Grande Communications
  • GVTC
  • GTA
  • Hawaiian Telcom
  • Hotwire
  • Liberty Cablevision of PR
  • MCTV
  • MetroCast
  • Northland Communications
  • Service Electric
  • Service Electric Cablevision
  • Shentel
  • Sling TV
  • Vast Broadband
  • Vyve Broadband
  • Wave
  • WOW!

If your provider is represented, you’ll only need to sign in once and every app that requires a cable log-in will automatically be filled in with the appropriate credentials. If you’re a Comcast, Fios, Cox, or other subscriber not listed, you’ll still be able to store your username and password in Settings, but each app that requires it will still prompt you to sign in individually.

Is there a post-play option like Netflix?

If you’re a Netflix binger, you’re aware of the feature that lets you automatically jump to the next episode when watching a TV series. When the 4th generation of Apple TV released, it originally had a similar autoplay option, but it was removed in tvOS 10. So, if you want to sit on your couch and continuously watch a TV season purchased through iTunes, the only way to do it is to set up a playlist in iTunes and use Home Sharing to stream it.

But post-play is available in the Netflix app, right?

Yup. Select a TV show and it will automatically begin playing the next episode when it finishes.

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The TV app is like your cable TV guide, only more personal.

What’s the TV app?

The TV app landed late last year as part of the tvOS 10.1 update, and it serves as a sort of smart grid for the things you’re watching (or might want to watch). Inside you’ll find links to your purchases and rentals, things you might like, and whatever you’re in the middle of watching (like the latest episode of Game of Thrones, for example). However, you won’t find any original programming from Netflix represented in the TV app.

On my iPhone, TV replaces Movies and TV Shows. Why are they still on my Apple TV?

On Apple TV, the TV app functions as more of a guide than a streaming platform, so you’ll be shuffled off to the appropriate app when you find something you want to watch.

How can I play games?

To play a game on your Apple TV, you can download one in the tvOS App Store. Most games use the Siri Remote as a controller, but some will require the purchase of a third-party Bluetooth gamepad.

Can I still stream games from my iPhone?

Yes! To turn on AirPlay Mirroring, swipe up from the bottom of the screen on your iOS device to access the Control Center, and tap the AirPlay icon to mirror the content to your screen. Then you can play the game as you normally would, using your iPhone or iPad as a controller.

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Siri’s smarts are on full display with Apple TV.

How do I use Siri?

There’s no wake command for Siri on the Apple TV, so you’ll need to press and hold the microphone button to speak to it. When you’re done, let go of the button and it will (hopefully) carry out your request.

What can Siri do?

Siri on Apple TV isn’t nearly as robust as it is on the iPhone, but it’s still a pretty useful companion. You can find content using a variety of criteria, including movie name, genre, director, or actor, and there are all sorts of things you can ask while something is streaming, such as, “What did she just say,” or “Skip ahead 10 minutes.” Additionally, you can control Apple Music, launch apps, check the weather, or get sports scores, as well as watch live content using Live Tune-in. You can find a comprehensive list of Siri commands here.

What’s Live Tune-in exactly?

Some channels that offer live streams can use Siri to quickly tune in to a broadcast. You can things like, “Watch ESPN live,” or “Show me the Warriors game,” and Siri will automatically switch your Apple TV to the in-progress stream. Supported channels include:

  • ABC News
  • CBS
  • CBS News
  • CNN Go
  • Cooking Channel
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Jr
  • Disney XD
  • DIY
  • ESPN
  • Food Network
  • FXNOW
  • HGTV
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • Travel Channel

This week’s top stories: iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K reviews, iOS 11 is here, and more

In this week’s top stories: The iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K are now available and we go hands-on with it all, Apple officially release iOS 11, the iPhone X launch looms, and much more. Read on for it all…

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Following Apple’s first event at Steve Jobs Theater last week, it this week released a trio of new products: the iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple TV 4K are now readily available to consumers. We had the opportunity to hands on with all three.

In our iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus review we noted of the similarities and differences compared to the iPhone 7 and asked whether or not it was worth waiting for the iPhone X. Meanwhile, our Apple Watch Series 3 review highlighted the iPhone freedom that LTE connectivity provides, though some app limitations hold it back.

The Apple TV 4K also packs a new, slightly revised Siri Remote alongside performance improvements 4K HDR support, and more.

Elsewhere, a multitude of apps were updated with support for new iOS 11 features such as the Files app, Drag and Drop, and ARKit. Most notably, Ikea released its new augmented reality app, Ikea Place.

The iPhone X launch, however, is still the cloud hanging above all of this week’s releases. The device has reportedly suffered another production delay which could further hinder supply when it’s released next month.

Head below for all of this week’s top stories.

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What You Need To Know When Switching From Windows To MacOS (Or Vice Versa)

So you’ve decided its time to abandon your lifelong love of Apple machines and make the jump to the Surface Laptop instead; or maybe you’ve realised you just can’t live without a Touchbar-enabled MacBook Pro and are ready to wave goodbye to Windows because of it.

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We now do more of our computing inside a browser — if you’re a heavy Chrome and web app user then you’ll have a very smooth transition. There are, however, still some speed bumps along the way whether you’re going from Microsoft to Apple or back the other way. So if you know the tips below than making the switch will be a lot easier.

Desktop programs

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Many of the big name desktop programs out there — those that are left — have both Windows and macOS versions available. Chrome, Firefox, Spotify, Office, iTunes, Photoshop… in all these cases you can simply download the equivalent program (though in the case of iTunes you’ll need to move your media library over too, or at least the parts not stored on Apple’s servers).

The big misses are if you’re going from macOS to Windows, because you won’t get access to any of Apple’s apps bar iTunes: It’s time to say so long to Mail, Maps, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and so on, though you can still access the web versions of these apps up on iCloud. If you have a ton of files stored in Apple’s favoured office formats, you might want to consider converting them before heading over to Windows for good.

Installing and removing programs works pretty differently on the two platforms, but you’ll soon get used to it. On macOS you have the choice of the old-school Applications folder and new-school Launchpad for finding your programs, and applications can be uninstalled simply by dragging them to the Trash. In Windows, you need to make your way to the recently added Apps entry in Settings.

Finder and Windows Explorer

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Finder and Windows Explorer do similar jobs but are pretty different beasts, and if you spend a lot of time manipulating files on your OS then getting used to a new way of working is going to take you some time: From the All My Files view that Finder puts you in by default (a big long list of all your files) to the way Windows puts more options instantly available on the ribbon menu, there’s a lot to take in.

Most of the time if you’re missing something from Finder you had in File Explorer, or vice versa, you can find a replacement if you dig deep enough. Windows Explorer displays a folder path by default, for example, which Finder does not, but you can bring one up on screen by opening the View menu and choosing Show Path Bar.

Of course you’ve also got the Dock and the Start menu to deal with too, but these parts of the OSes are relatively similar and easy to understand.

There’s no real quick fix or shortcut for making the transition between these two file managers, it’s just something to be aware of — you’re initially going to need to look up plenty of help online to work out how to do something in one file explorer that always felt like second nature in the other. In general, you’ll be doing more dragging and dropping on a Mac and more hitting keyboard shortcuts and clicking around on Windows.

Keyboard shortcuts and mouse clicks

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For a lot of users the biggest frustration to begin with is going to be relearning all the necessary keyboard shortcuts and mouse click combinations to complete simple tasks like opening new tabs or copying files. For example, right-click is central to a lot of what happens on Windows. It is replaced by a two-finger trackpad click on the laptop version of macOS. Head here for a brief overview of the most commonly used Windows keyboard shortcuts, and here for the same on the Mac.

A lot of the time you’re going to be replacing the Ctrl key with the Cmd key (also known as the Apple key) and vice versa. Yet it’s not always that simple. What’s more, the function keys you may have got used to on Windows for editing filenames, closing applications, and so on, are pretty well hidden over on the Mac and work in different ways too. As you’ll see from a quick glance on the Mac keyboard, the function keys handle shortcuts like media playback and screen brightness by default.

It’s simply a question of retraining your muscle memory to cope with a new way of working, but again be prepared for it to take some time. In fact as long as you’re switching completely from one operating system to another you should be fine, eventually — it’s people who use both setups regularly, like long-suffering tech journos, who will most often get their digits or clicks in a twist.

Your photos and videos

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Your personal photos and videos are probably some of the most precious digital possessions you have and you shouldn’t attempt to jump between Microsoft and Apple operating systems without first considering what you’re going to do with all these files, whether it’s uploading them to a cloud service or putting them on an external hard drive (or preferably both for extra safe-keeping).

macOS is very particular about how it handles photos and how it keeps your media library arranged, and you don’t get a simple system of files and folders as you might do elsewhere: In other words, you can’t just copy and paste all your photos and videos over to Windows.

Your best bet is moving to some kind of platform-agnostic service, at least temporarily, and we’ve previously done a full guide to transitioning between Apple Photos and Google Photos — essentially you need the new Backup & Sync tool from Google installed on your Mac.

You don’t have to use Google Photos though: Dropbox is another option, or you could upload all your images and video clips straight to OneDrive on the web to ready for the switch to Windows.

Going in the other direction is a bit more straightforward, because Microsoft’s OS doesn’t take such tight control over your photos and videos, for better or worse — transferring from an external hard drive or cloud service is easy enough, or you could even get iCloud for Windows before you change platforms.

Patience is a virtue

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Going through every detail of switching from Windows to macOS or macOS to Windows would take forever, and the process is going to differ for everyone. Broadly speaking though, if you’re wondering how much of a headache the jump is going to be, the answer is not that much.

Thanks to the rise of cloud services and refinements to Windows and macOS, it’s easier now than it’s ever been — just make sure you’re going to be able to move all your key programs and all your key files over.

As we’ve said, the biggest frustrations are going to be with shortcuts and app layouts and adapting to new interfaces and ways of working — it’s a bit like moving to a new apartment where you’ve got all the same stuff, just arranged differently. And where the landlord has a few different ideas about what exactly an apartment should be.

Apply some time and patience and resist the temptation to smash the keyboard as you accidentally launch the app switcher instead of shutting down a window.

Not everyone wants to or has the opportunity to use macOS and Windows together, but again this isn’t difficult to do with the modern versions of these OSes, and can get you the best of both worlds if you’ve got the space and budget for two computers at home.

OK, you’re not going to be able to AirPlay an iTunes movie over to your Windows box very easily, but with tools like Dropbox and Google Chrome around, the multi-platform life isn’t all that much of a challenge any more.

Data-transfer app AnyTrans 6 moves iOS and Android data to new iPhone

This post is brought to you by iMobie, maker of AnyTrans.

There’s no denying it — the new iPhones look amazing. So it’s no surprise if you’re already plotting how to get one. But with any new device comes the challenge of moving the important stuff from your old one.

For iOS users, iTunes can make migrating a hassle. For Android users switching to iOS, it’s even more complicated. That makes iMobie’s updated all-in-one iPhone manager, AnyTrans 6, an exciting app. Available for macOS and Windows, it’s an ideal bridge between your old iOS or Android phone and a new one.

AnyTrans transfers data from iPhone to iPhone

This newest version of AnyTrans uses a clean, easy-to-navigate menu with clearly defined tools. iPhone users can migrate 34 types of content, including photos, messages, contacts, videos, and so on. Users with data on more than one old iPhone can use the Merge Device feature to bring the contents of both into a new iPhone. You can also clone your device with — you guessed it — the Clone Device feature, no iTunes backup needed.

If your iPhone is missing key data, even if it’s specific to a single app, you can avoid a full restore. Instead, through the AnyTrans interface you can select the missing files and move them to the proper app. And, of course, you can also make the same transfers to your iPad, Mac, iTunes and iCloud accounts.

iMobie simplifies the complex task of migrating to a new iPhone.
iMobie simplifies the complex task of migrating to a new iPhone.
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Move data from Android to iPhone

Earlier builds of AnyTrans 6 introduced the iOS Mover feature, which transfers Android data to iOS with one click. Other apps, like Move to iOS, do similar work. But according to iMobie, AnyTrans 6 is the only tool that allows you to freely select and transfer specific files.

For Android users eyeing a new iPhone, it’s all great news. (It’s also free for anyone to use.)

AnyTrans 6 makes it a single-click affair to transfer data from Android to iPhone. In contrast with Move to iOS, there’s no need to reset the iPhone or go into airplane mode on the Android device to make it all work.

As mentioned above, you can either fully migrate, or select just what you need to transfer. Text messages, call logs, contacts, music, videos, ringtones, books, compressed files — AnyTrans makes sure it all flows to the appropriate spot in your new iPhone. The software automatically converts videos and audio. Calendars load up automatically, too.

It all feels easier than it should be.

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Additionally, AnyTrans offers free features anybody can use. The iCloud Manager adds another layer of utility for organizing backups. There’s even a built-in media downloader that can deliver content from streaming sites like YouTube and Vimeo straight to your iOS video folder.

You can get a free trial of AnyTrans from the iMobie website. If you like it, a single AnyTrans license costs just $39.99. It’s well worth taking AnyTrans for a test drive, especially if you’re an Android user looking to make the move to iPhone.

Everything we know about new Siri, Messages, Photos, Apple Pay and more

iOS 11 is the next generation of Apple’s operating system for iPhones and iPads. New features include sweeping new upgrades to Siri, a redesigned Control Center and App Store, and a brand-new Apple Pay feature that lets you send or receive money to your contacts via iMessage.

In addition, developers can now create apps that tap into your iOS device’s potential to create augmented reality experiences via the new ARKit. Plus, there are new productivity features for the iPad, including drag-and-drop capability and a new Mac-style Dock.

Here’s everything we know so far about iOS 11, plus a bunch of the new features that we can’t wait to try.

Editors’ note: We’ve updated this story to include a link to our full review of iOS 11 and the availability of Apple Pay Cash in the fall.

iOS 11: The Macworld review

What can iOS 11 do for you? A lot, especially if you are a serious iPad user. It’s great for the iPhone, too. You can get the details in our full review of iOS 11.

What devices will iOS 11 run on?

The following iPhones:

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8/Plus
  • iPhone 7/Plus
  • iPhone 6s/Plus
  • iPhone 6/Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s 

The following iPads:

  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 10.5-inch, and 9.7-inch)
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 2/3/4

Plus, the iPod Touch (6th generation)

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When will iOS 11 be available?

At Apple’s iPhone X event, the company announced that iOS 11 will be available on September 19, 2017. The company held true to that promise; iOS is available now.

How to install iOS 11

We have complete instructions here. You can install iOS 11 directly on your device, or you can connect it to your Mac and then do the installation. Either way works.

Can I test the iOS 11 public beta?

Yes, Apple released the first public beta on Monday, June 26—and anyone can give it a whirl (at their own risk). Here’s everything you need to know about how to safely install the iOS 11 public beta.

Just remember that this is a beta version of the new software, so make sure you backup your iOS device before venturing into this unknown territory. Better yet, we recommend installing the public beta profile on a secondary iOS device (if you have one) so that you can test it without fear that it will screw something up.

Apple continues to release public betas after the final version is released. You get betas of the iOS 11 updates before they are available to the public.

Frequently asked questions

What’s new with Siri?

The first new thing you’ll notice about Siri in iOS 11 is her more-natural sounding voice. However, she also looks a little different: Apple has given its voice assistant a new visual interface that surfaces multiple results for your requests, as well as followup questions. In addition, Siri can now translate phrases for you, from English to Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. This feature is in beta, and Apple will add more languages in the months to come.

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Siri has also become more predictive across different iOS apps. For example, if you search for “Iceland” in Safari, Siri will surface Iceland-related articles in the News app and bring up QuickType suggestions in Icelandic. Or, if you get a text message asking for money, Siri will suggest iMessage’s Apple Pay integration with the exact amount that’s been requested. Apple has also expanded SiriKit support to include more robust integrations with third-party services. You can now use Siri to add to your Evernote or pull up a QR code in WeChat, among other things.

How is Apple Pay more like Venmo?

You can use Apple Pay at certain brick-and-mortar stores (Apple says 50 percent of U.S. retailers will support Apple Pay by the end of the year), online web stores via Safari, and in certain iPhone apps. With iOS 11, you’ll be able to use Apple Pay to send or receive money from your contacts via Messages, thanks to a new iMessage app which essentially turns Apple Pay into your new Venmo or Square Cash alternative.

All the money that you receive will be collected in your Wallet app in the form of a Cash card. You can use these funds to complete other Apple Pay transactions, or you can transfer that cash over to your bank account. Apple Pay’s peer-to-peer transactions will be available in iOS 11 and watchOS 4.

In a press release announcing the availability of iOS 11, Apple stated that the new Apple Pay features won’t be available when iOS 11 is released on September 19. Apple says that these feature will be in an iOS update released in the fall.

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Can I do more with Live Photos?

Yes! Apple has given us more editing tools for Live Photos, those moving images that you can take using an iPhone 6s and later. You can turn your Live Photos into video loops that replay over… and over… and over. The Photos app will even suggest Live Photos that would make for great loops. You can also add a “Bounce” effect so that the Live Photo plays and then rewinds, kind of like Instagram Boomerangs. There’s also a new Long Exposure effect which makes the iPhone even more like a DSLR.

Don’t Live Photos take up a lot of space?

That’s true, but thankfully Apple has addressed this issue by switching to a more space efficient encoding system. For videos, iOS 11 uses HEVC (aka H.265), which is twice as efficient as the previous H.264 format. For still photos, iOS 11 uses HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format) which Apple claims will take up only half the space.

Where will I be able to use Maps indoors?

Apple continues to improve the native Maps app in iOS 11. For the first time, you’ll be able to use Maps to navigate your way around indoor spaces. Maps in iOS 11 introduces indoor mapping so you can get detailed floor plans of certain malls and major airports, down to individual vendors on each floor.

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To start off, Maps will have indoor support for malls in Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Jose, Tokyo, and Washington D.C. Maps will also be able to show you around inside 30 major airports including JFK and London Heathrow. Learn more about Maps.

How does “Do Not Disturb While Driving” work?

Another feature introduced at WWDC is iOS 11’s “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode. Your iPhone will use Bluetooth (if connected to CarPlay or any other in-vehicle Bluetooth system) or motion sensors to figure out if you’re driving, and will automatically prevent all notifications from surfacing and causing a distraction. You can override this mode, however, or setup an automatic response to let people who text you know you’re on the road and that you’ll get back to them as soon as you arrive at your destination. Learn more about Do Not Disturb While Driving.

What about iOS 11 augmented reality?

Tim Cook has spent all year talking about how excited he is for augmented reality, so it’s no surprise that Apple used this year’s WWDC keynote to show off what they’ve been working on in this emerging area. Alongside iOS 11, Apple unveiled ARKit, a new developer platform for creating iOS apps that tap into augmented reality. Apps built with ARKit will be able to use computer vision to identify surfaces and add 3D objects. These objects create dynamic shadows that are rendered in real-time.

iOS 11 will be released this fall. In the meantime, companies are posting videos of what can be done with ARKit. For example, Kabaq is showing how AR can be used by restaurants to enhance their menus. The video below demonstrates how the company uses ARKit.

This video below is a trailer for a game called ARZombi. ARKit was used so your location gets incorporated into the game.

One more video below: This one is another game, called RoVR.

Did the iPad get more macOS-type features?

You bet! There’s a new app Dock that looks a lot like the one in macOS, making it a lot easier to switch between apps. You can also press on any of these apps and drag them over to the right side of the screen to open them as a Slide Over. As always, you can lock Slide Over into Split View to use both apps simultaneously.

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The Dock can be accessed from any screen and you can customize it with your favorite apps. Also, it has a dynamic section on the right side that changes to suggest recently-used apps across your Apple devices. Learn more about the Dock.

What about iOS 11 drag-and-drop?

Yes! Apple finally answered our prayers. With iOS 11, you can drag-and-drop between the two apps in Split View, which makes it easier to transfer files, images, text, and URLs. You can drag-attach images from the Photos to Mail, or drag-copy-and-paste directions from Safari into Maps. Learn more about drag-and-drop.

And how does the new Files app work?

Apple also launched Files, a new iOS app intended to make the iPad experience more like a traditional Mac. Pretty self-explanatory, Files displays your documents stored in iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, and other file-storage apps.

Are there new ways to use Apple Pencil?

Yes, Apple has expanded Apple Pencil support for iPad Pro in iOS 11. Tap a PDF or screenshot with the tip of the Pencil and you’ll be able to scribble on it instantly thanks to a new feature called Instant Markup. Similarly, you can Pencil tap on the Lock screen to start writing. All your handwritten creations will be automatically saved to your Notes app, and these handwritten notes are searchable, too.

Notes also has a new built-in Document Scanner, allowing you to scan a document, sign it or mark on it with Apple Pencil, then save or share—all with just your iPad Pro. In addition, Notes and Mail now support Inline Drawing so you can add some color to your emails and notes. The text will automatically move out of the way when you start drawing, so that everything remains legible. Learn more about Notes.

A few more things…

Control Center has been redesigned so that it’s only one panel. You can customize it with your go-to’s like Low-Power Mode and use 3D Touch to adjust more-specific controls. Learn more about Control Center.

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App Store now mirrors the look-and-feel of Apple Music, with a new Today tab for featured games and apps. Learn more about the App Store.

Messages App Drawer makes it easier to access your favorite iMessage apps by swiping across the bottom of the screen, instead of having to tap back to the drawer every time you want to switch apps.

Apple Music gets more social: New profile photos indicate when one of your friends has listened to a certain albums or playlist.

QuickType Keyboard is now easier to use one-handed. Simply long-press on the emoji key to bring the keys closer to your thumb. For iPad users, you can now flick down on a specific key to type a number or punctuation mark, instead of having to switch to the symbols keyboard. Learn more about the one-handed and QuickType keyboards.

Stay tuned for more iOS 11 coverage, including hidden features, tips and tricks, and how-to’s for making the most out of your iPhone and iPad. We’ll continue to update this story as more info becomes available. 

Apple Tunes Up Apps, Performance of macOS High Sierra

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macOS High Sierra Low on Big New Advances, But Has Valuable Features

Now that iOS 11 has been pushed out to iPhones and iPads, Apple is turning the spotlight to the desktop with macOS High Sierra. The operating system, which was introduced at Apple’s  Worldwide Developers Conference in June, is a relatively a minor upgrade over last year’s macOS Sierra, but it includes some important improvements, such as a new Apple File System for better performance. Users also will find tweaks to built-in apps, as well as improved graphics and video support. There are enough improvements to make working with Mac desktops and laptops a more productive or even pleasant experience after it’s released Sept. 25. Take a look at this eWEEK slide show to learn more about High Sierra’s new features.

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The Apple File System Arrives

Apple is revamping the file system in macOS High Sierra, for the first time in decades. The new Apple File System uses a 64-bit architecture and is far more responsive. It also has built-in encryption and other tools to boost the platform’s security. Apple File System should improve the macOS user experience dramatically.

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High Sierra Supports a New Video Standard

Apple is moving to a new video standard in macOS High Sierra called High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), or H.265. According to the company, HEVC can compress videos up to 40 percent more effectively than H.264, with image quality far better than the older technology.

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There Are Significant Improvements in Graphics Performance

To expand its graphics appeal, High Sierra works with the Metal 2 graphic processing system, which significantly advances how the operating system leverages the GPU chip for optimal performance. Metal 2 also uses utilizes machine learning and virtual reality to improve app performance across video games, creative apps and more.

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There Are Improved Tools for Image Editing

Apple’s Photos app has received the biggest update of any built-in app in High Sierra. Photos now includes a variety of photo-editing tools and filters, and organizing photos has become much easier. It’s also easier to transfer images from inside Photos to third-party apps such as Photoshop.

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Better Privacy in Safari

Apple has bolstered several privacy features in Safari. This includes a new Intelligent Tracking filter in the browser to stop advertisers from tracking user web browsing activity. The new Safari also stops videos from auto-playing. Advertisers have cried foul over the features, but Apple says they’re important to improving privacy and security.

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Siri Keeps Improving

Each year, Apple improves Siri, and the same is true in macOS High Sierra. Siri now can learn user music preferences and provide audio recommendations. It also has been updated with a more natural voice that will sound more far more like a human. Finally, Siri should be able to understand and respond to more queries.

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Spotlight Gets Smarter

The Spotlight search feature in macOS High Sierra now provides access to more than just files and folders on the computer. Spotlight also can find information on the web, and understand contextual queries and respond with relevant results. If users input a flight number, for instance, Spotlight will display arrival and departure times and terminal and gate information.

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There’s Small, But Important Mail Boost

Apple’s Mail will look the same in High Sierra, but the app’s search features have received a big improvement. It now does a better job of understanding a search query and delivering so-called “Top Hits” that it believes are most relevant. The Mail search also learns over time, so the more a user searches, the better it understands.

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Notes Apple Support Tables

It might seem like a small change, but Apple’s decision to add table support to Notes is an important addition. Apple Notes also can be used to pin important notes, such as grocery lists and meeting agendas. Look for Notes to keep users far more organized than in the past.

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Apple Has Paid Attention to Backward Compatibility

To its credit, Apple has done a good job of ensuring macOS High Sierra works with the most Macs in the wild now. High Sierra will work with all Macs unveiled in mid-2010 or later and MacBooks and iMacs introduced in late-2009. Apple is planning to make High Sierra available Sept. 25 as a free download from the Mac App Store.

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Life on the road with the Toshiba X20W-D ultrabook is enhanced by its thin profile, at 0.61 inches thick and a weight of about 2.5 pounds, in a rugged magnesium alloy case with a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 screen.

Best all-in-one PCs 2017: top compact AIO desktops

All-in-ones aren’t your average PCs. They’re every desktops with integrated displays, frequently complemented by a mix of laptop and desktop components. For these reasons and more, they’ve garnered an unfair reputation of being inferior to their full-on desktop counterparts.

Let it be known, however, that all-in-ones have their advantages. These self-contained PC setups typically require less desk space than a desktop tower, monitor and all their accompanying accoutrements. At the same time, they don’t produce a nest of cables for guests to trip over. 

Because of the inherent convergence that an all-in-one boasts, PC makers can rethink their design strategies entirely, thereby resulting in more innovative efforts such as the . Ultimately, this only benefits us – the users. 

Below are the best all-in-ones handpicked and regularly updated in traditional TechRadar fashion.

Dell XPS 27 AIO

A well-rounded jab at Apple’s ageing iMac

CPU: Intel Core i5 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 630; AMD Radeon RX 570 | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Storage: 1TB HDD – 2TB SSHD; 512GB SSD | Display: 27-inch 4K (3,840 x 2,160) display

Handsome display

Virtually unparalleled built-in sound

Relatively expensive

No HDMI in

Resting atop an articulating stand, the Dell XPS 27 AIO comprises a  massive 4K Ultra HD touchscreen display with a whopping sextet of ear-numbing speakers. Not only is it attractive, but it’s also top-notch when it comes to delivering powerful specs. Whether you’re making your  own beats or vibing out to someone else’s; watching films or editing  them yourself, the Dell XPS 27 should be at the top of your list when  shopping around for a new PC. 

Read the full review: Dell XPS 27 AIO

Best all in one PC top PCs compared

Apple iMac with 4K Retina display

Bigger doesn’t always mean better

CPU: Intel Core i5 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 640; Radeon Pro 555 – Radeon Pro 560 | RAM: 8GB – 32GB | Storage: 1TB HDD – 3TB SSHD; 256GB – 1TB SSD | Display: 21.5-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – Retina 4K (4,096 x 2,304)

Reasonably priced

4K screen calibrated to a production certification

Fusion drive not standard

Chunky display bezel

The iMac has long been on the of the most affordable Macs you can get and it’s also one of the cheapest way to get a 4K screen to boot. Starting at grand and just a few hundred bucks more for that 4K upgrade, the 21-inch iMac with 4K Retina display, is a hardy MacOS machine featuring similar specs as the 5K variant but at a lower cost. For the money, what more could you really ask for from an Apple computer?

Read the full review:

HP Envy Curved All-in-One

CPU: Intel Core i5 – Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GTX 950M – AMD Radeon RX 460 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Storage: 1TB SSHD, 1TB – 2TB HDD; 256GB SSD | Display: 34-inch WQHD (3,440 x 1,440)

Enveloping ultra-wide display

Full-bodied audio

Privacy-minded pop-up web camera

Exceptionally bulky

Not to be shown up by the 5K iMac or new Dell XPS AIO, HP has its own unique take on the all-in-one desktop. Though it also has all its components stored in its base like the Surface Studio, the HP Envy Curved All-in-One also adds in a booming speaker bar. Add in the ultra-wide curved screen and this is one of the best and most immersive PC for enjoying movies.

iMac with Retina 5K display

Best all in one PC top PCs compared

iMac with Retina 5K display

An expensive luxury, that might just be worth it

CPU: Intel Core i5 – Core i7 | Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics 6000 | RAM: 8GB – 64GB | Storage: 1TB HDD – 3TB SSD | Display: 27-inch Retina 5K (5,120 x 2,880)

Bright IPS screen

Few wires or cables

Tough to upgrade

While Apple’s iMac with Retina 5K display is one of the most impressive all-in-ones around, its price places it out of the reach of most people. However, if you’re up for the expense there’s no greater MacOS machine than this — that is until the iMac Pro arrives. It comes with Apple’s sharpest 27-inch 5K Retina display. Excellent build quality and hardy specs, also makes it a PC built to last, and a fine option for productivity work, watching movies or light gaming.

Read the full review: Apple iMac with 5K Retina display

Apple upgrades Safari for older versions of macOS

Apple upgraded the macOS Safari browser to version 11 this week, adding a feature that has drawn the ire of the online advertising industry.

Safari 11 can be downloaded to Macs running 2016’s Sierra or 2015’s El Capitan from the Mac App Store. Users can access that e-mart by clicking on the Apple menu at the top left of the screen, then choosing “App Store…” The browser upgrade should appear under the “Updates Available” section.

The browser will also be bundled with macOS 10.13, aka High Sierra, set to release Monday, Sept. 25. This week’s upgrade targeted users who will, whether permanently or temporarily, stick with the older Sierra or El Capitan.

Apple simultaneously supports three editions of macOS, but only one version of Safari. When the Cupertino, Calif. company ships High Sierra next week, that means it will continue to supply patches for the past two years’ worth of operating systems — Sierra and El Capitan — but will stop support of 2014’s Yosemite and drop Safari 10 entirely.

Those running Yosemite and Safari 10 should consider switching to an alternate browser that still receives security fixes, like Google’s Chrome or Mozilla’s Firefox.

Although Safari 11 patched several vulnerabilities that had existed in its predecessor, the most notable change was the introduction of what Apple called “Intelligent Tracking Protection,” or ITP.

ITP automatically deletes some browser cookies — the small bits of code used by sites to “remember” previous visitors — to crack down on cross-site tracking. The practice has been widely criticized by privacy advocates for its use by advertisers to follow users from site to site, then bombard them with ads similar to those clicked on previously. Also, those cross-site cookies will be ignored after 24 hours (unless the user during that time has again interacted with the original site).

Groups representing online advertising blasted ITP in an open letter published in AdWeek Sept. 14, claimed that Apple’s move would “sabotage the economic model for the Internet” and asked the company to reconsider before “disrupting the valuable digital advertising ecosystem.”

How iOS 11 frees up space on your iPhone or iPad

Running out of storage space on your iPhone or iPad is a total drag. It slows down your device and can make it impossible to download files or perform other essential tasks.

With iOS 11, Apple takes some serious steps to free up space on iOS devices. Here’s a quick look at how Apple will ease the pain when iOS 11 lands this fall, with instructions for taking advantage of the new features.

How iOS 11 boosts storage space

These features built into iOS 11 will come in handy for anybody in danger of maxing out their device’s storage capacity. Some work automatically, but others require a bit of user intervention.

From smarter file management to entirely new options, iOS 11 really does make it easy to reduce bloat. These features should prove especially useful to anyone using an older device with a skimpy 16GB of storage. Here’s how to take advantage and lighten your device’s load once you’re running iOS 11.

Offload unused apps

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Offloading an app deletes it but keeps documents and data so you can restore it later from the App Store.
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If you’re someone like me who tries a bunch of apps but never uses them later, this feature might get you excited. Essentially, iOS 11 can automatically delete unused apps without deleting their documents and data. This works well, particularly for large apps that store a small amount of data.

Space-hogging apps also can be removed on demand, without worries about deleting associated documents and data. If you reinstall the app from the App Store later, its data will be restored automatically.

Since less-savvy users might freak out about apps disappearing automatically, Apple disabled the feature by default. To enable it, go to

Storage management recommendations

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iOS 11’s new storage management section offers recommendations to free up space.
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To view the updated iOS 11 storage management section, navigate to Settings > General > iPhone Storage. Here, you should see a breakdown of your storage by apps, photos, mail, etc. If you scroll down, you can see the space occupied by each app. (It also displays the last used time, so you can easily uninstall an app you’ve abandoned.)

Best of all, you’ll also find recommendations on how to free up space. Here are some suggestions iOS 11 offers:

  • iCloud Photo Library: iOS 11 offers to automatically upload your entire photo library to iCloud, saving you space on your iOS device.
  • “Recently Deleted” Album:  Pictures removed from the iOS Photos app remain in the “Recently Deleted” album, queued up for obliteration. iOS 11 gives you the option of deleting this album permanently with one tap.
  • Auto Delete Old Conversations: This option can remove all iMessage messages and attachments sent or received more than a year ago.
  • Review Personal Videos: This option lists all the videos taking up valuable space on your device, then gives you the optionto delete them.
  • Messages on iCloud: All your iMessages and attachments can be uploaded to iCloud to save space on your device. (This option also displays the amount of space you’ll save by uploading them to iCloud.)

HEIF: A more efficient image format

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HEIF offers better image quality than JPEG. Better yet, HEIF images come in roughly half the size of JPEGs.
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For more than two decades, JPEG served as the web’s de-facto image format. With iOS 11, Apple replaces JPEG with High Efficiency Image Format, or HEIF. And with good reason: HEIF files look better and come in at up roughly half the size of JPEGs. Essentially, this means you can store twice as many photos in the same space. HEIF also might be a viable replacement format for Live Photos and GIFs.

iOS 11 uses HEIF as the default file format for photos, but converts HEIF to JPEG upon exporting to maintain compatibility. For more details on the format, read our explainer: Everything you need to know about the JPEG-killing HEIF format Apple is adopting.

Double iCloud storage at the same price

Apple offers 5GB of free iCloud storage to all Apple users, but that might not be enough considering the increasing reliance of iCloud in iOS 11. So, the company doubled the high-end iCloud storage plan from 1TB to 2TB, while keeping the price tag at $9.99 per month.

Unfortunately, entry-level iCloud plans did not get the same treatment, but at least Apple is taking a step in the right direction. Also, multiple users can share an iCloud storage plan with Family Sharing in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.

While not an iOS 11 feature, this certainly reflects Apple’s efforts to mitigate iOS storage woes (albeit by leveraging the power of iCloud). Also, the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro comes with up to half a terabyte of storage (512GB). While it might seem like overkill for some people, that level of storage could prove essential for those who consider the iPad to be a legit replacement for Mac.

With all these improvements, Apple seems totally committed to tackling storage problems on iOS devices. We couldn’t be happier.

How to Downgrade iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.3 on iPhone and iPad

How to downgrade iOS 11 to iOS 10

Don’t like iOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad? You can downgrade to iOS 10.3.3 if you act quickly. Maybe you don’t like the update, maybe you find iOS 11 battery life to be poor, or app compatibility to be a problem, or perhaps you think the performance is subpar. Whatever the reason, you can easily downgrade iOS 11 if you need to, but the ability to downgrade is only available for a limited time while Apple continues to sign the prior operating system release of iOS 10.3.3.

We’ll walk through how you can downgrade iOS 11 back to iOS 10 on an iPhone or iPad.

This guide requires iTunes and a computer, internet access, an iOS 10.3.3 ISPW file, and a USB cable. There is no way to downgrade iOS 11 without iTunes and a computer.

Important note: downgrading iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.3 can cause data loss, including the removal of important data or everything on your iPhone or iPad. Thus it is critical to have a backup that is compatible with iOS 10 available before downgrading (one should have been made prior to updating to iOS 11 in the first place), this is because iOS 11 backups are not compatible with iOS 10 or other prior releases. If you only have a backup for iOS 11, then downgrading to iOS 10 may require you to update again to iOS 11 in order to restore from that iOS 11 backup. If you don’t know what you are doing and do not have adequate backups, do not attempt to downgrade or you may experience permanent data loss on the iPhone or iPad.

We’ll cover two ways to downgrade, a simple way that should work for most users, and an approach that requires Recovery Mode if the first downgrade method fails.

How to Downgrade iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.3 the Easy Way

Be sure you have recent backups available of your iOS device to avoid potential data loss. An iOS 11 backup is only able to be restored to an iOS 11 device, thus you would need an iOS 10 backup to restore to iOS 10. Failing to have a compatible backup can lead to permanent data loss.

  1. Go here and download the iOS 10.3.3 IPSW file for the iPhone or iPad you wish to downgrade and save that .ipsw file somewhere easy to locate like the desktop
  2. Downgrading from iOS 11 to iOS 10 requires an IPSW file

  3. Open the iTunes app on a Mac or Windows PC
  4. iTunes

  5. Using a USB cable, connect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you wish to downgrade to the computer
  6. iPhone USB charging cable

  7. Select the device in iTunes by clicking on the little device icon in the upper left corner of iTunes
  8. Select iOS device in iTunes

  9. Now under the device summary section of iTunes, click the ‘Update’ button using the appropriate modifier key to begin the downgrade process:
  • Mac OS: OPTION + click the “Update” button
  • Windows PC: SHIFT + click the “Update” button

Downgrade iOS 11 via iTunes

  • Select the iOS 10.3.3 .ipsw file you downloaded in the first step, and choose to update to that version
  • The iPhone or iPad screen will turn black as the downgrade begins, rebooting multiple times with a progress bar and Apple logo as the downgrade completes
  • When the downgrade has finished the device will boot back up into iOS 10, the process can take a while if the device has a large amount of used storage
  • The downgrade from iOS 11 to iOS 10.3.3 should go without a hitch, assuming you chose the proper iOS 10.3.3 IPSW file for your device, and assuming Apple is still signing the system software. Once Apple stops signing iOS 10.3.3 then downgrading to it from iOS 11 will be impossible.

    Some users have reported that sometimes data in iBooks, Notes, Music, and Messages may go missing with the “update” downgrade approach outlined above. If that happens to you, simply restore the device from an iOS 10.3.3 compatible backup once the device is back on iOS 10.3.3.

    Note that if you choose “Restore” in the above process and then select IPSW, then the device will be either restored from a backup made compatible with iOS 10.3.3 or setup as new like a standard restore process, which can then be restored with a compatible backup.

    If for some reason the above downgrade method fails, you can use the Recovery Mode approach to downgrading iOS 11 detailed next.

    How to Downgrade from iOS 11 with Recovery Mode on iPhone and iPad

    Rarely, the above downgrade process will fail or get stuck on an  Apple logo, or stuck on a black screen. If this happens, you can start the downgrade over again while the iPhone or iPad is in Recovery Mode or DFU mode*

    1. Launch iTunes on the computer
    2. Download the appropriate iOS 10.3.3 IPSW file for your device that you want to downgrade
    3. Put the iPhone or iPad into Recovery Mode using the instructions appropriate for your device:
    • For iPad, iPhone 6s and earlier with a clickable Home button, and iPod touch: Press and hold both the Power button and Home button at the same time. Continue holding the buttons down until you see a recovery mode iTunes connect screen (this happens after you see the Apple logo, just keep holding the buttons)
    • For iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press down and hold the Power button and Volume Down button concurrently and continue holding until you see the recovery mode screen, this happens after you see the Apple logo so continue holding the buttons until you see the recovery mode indicator of the iTunes logo
  • With the iPhone or iPad in Recovery Mode, connect the device to a computer with iTunes
  • For Mac, OPTION click on “Restore” and for Windows SHIFT click on “Restore” and select the iOS 10.3.3 IPSW file you downloaded in the second step
  • Restore the device to iOS 10.3.3, when the restore is complete choose to setup as new or restore a backup that is compatible with iOS 10.3.3 (note that iOS 11 backups are not compatible with prior iOS releases)
  • * You can learn how to put iPhone 7 into DFU mode here and how to put other iPhone and iPad models into DFU mode here. It’s unusual to need DFU mode to downgrade unless something has gone wrong and the device has become totally unresponsive.

    Help, My iOS 11 Backup Won’t Work on iOS 10!

    If you only have a backup from iOS 11, then it will not work with an iOS 10.3.3 device that has been downgraded. Instead, you will need to download the iOS 11 update or update the device to iOS 11 through Setting app, and then restore the iOS 11 backup to the device after it has been updated to a compatible version of system software. There is no way to make an iOS 11 backup compatible with an iOS 10.3.3 device as the iOS backups are not backwards compatible.

    What’s your experience with downgrading iOS 11? Why did you downgrade and how did it go? Share your experience in the comments below!