iOS

The world’s most advanced mobile operating system.

iOS brings iPhone and iPad to life in incredibly personal and powerful ways. The interface is beautiful and easy to use. Intelligent suggestions appear right when you need them. And advanced technologies protect your privacy and security. Once you’ve experienced iOS, you’ll understand why so many people love using iPhone and iPad.*

Easy to Use

Tap. Swipe. Scroll. See, you already know how to use it.

From the moment you pick up your device, you’re up and running. iOS has always been designed for Multi-Touch interactions. So you can tap your favorite app and get right to work — or play. Swipe to the right to see what’s going on today. Scroll through thousands of photos in seconds. Everything about iOS is designed to look beautiful and work beautifully.

Productivity

More capable than ever. So you can be too.

iOS 11 brings iPhone and iPad to life like never before, making every experience more powerful and personal. New features and capabilities fundamentally improve the way you do things. The Files app brings all your files together. With the new Dock on iPad, finding your favorite or recently used apps is effortless. Drag and Drop lets you easily move text, photos, and files around on your iPad, while multitasking makes it even smoother to work in multiple apps simultaneously.

Experience

Hardware and software designed together. For an experience that stands apart.

When hardware and software are made for each other, everything just works. Incredibly well. Apps make use of hardware features such as the powerful A11 Bionic chip with its neural engine. iOS 11 takes advantage of the security of Face ID and Touch ID for advanced authentication. And the increased refresh rate of iPad Pro makes Apple Pencil even more responsive.

Camera

When you tap the shutter button, the iPhone camera’s image signal processor performs billions of operations — including things like face detection, autofocus, and exposure control. All so you can capture unbelievably vivid pictures in a flash.

Apple Pencil

When paired with the new iPad Pro, Apple Pencil is smoother and more responsive than ever. And its latency — the tiny delay between when you begin drawing and the time it appears on the screen — is virtually imperceptible.

Augmented reality. Apps that can change your world.

iOS is the world’s largest augmented reality platform. Games and apps now offer fantastically immersive and fluid experiences that go far beyond the screen. By taking advantage of the latest in AR technology, you can digitally redecorate your home, explore a city you’ve never visited, or even try on a new tattoo. The possibilities are endless.

Built-in Apps

Apps as elegant as they are essential.

iOS includes a core collection of Apple-designed apps you’ll use every day, like Photos, Maps, Messages, Health, and more. Each is engineered to be incredibly intuitive with remarkable attention to detail. And for anything else you want to do, there are millions more apps in the App Store. It’s designed for discovery, so it’s even easier to find that next app you just can’t live without.

Learn more about the App Store

Learn more about some apps you’ll love.

Intelligence

iOS knows what you want before you do.

By leveraging the intelligence of Siri, iOS can provide helpful suggestions to make writing a message easier, get you to your destination faster, and even recommend apps you’re likely to love. All while keeping your information private.

  • Photos

    When you search your photo collection, Photos performs billions of calculations to identify images with the specific people, places, and things you’re looking for. And with curated photos and even more accurate face recognition, it’s faster than ever to find your favorite memories.

  • Calendar

    iOS intelligently picks up on scheduling details in your conversations. So if you type something like “I’m free today at,” you’re presented with available times on your calendar.

  • Suggested apps

    Siri suggests apps you might like to use based on your location and the time of day. When you arrive at the gym, for example, Siri may suggest your favorite personal training app to help you get the most out of your workout.

Protecting Your Data

Privacy and security are at the core of everything we believe. And make.

At Apple, protecting your information is something we build into our processes from the beginning. Whenever we develop a product, we ensure that security and privacy are part of its foundation. These are values we’re deeply committed to because your trust means everything to us.

Comprehensive privacy.

iOS is designed to put your privacy first. If an app you’ve installed wants access to personal information like location or photos, it asks for your permission. You have complete control over how apps access your HealthKit and HomeKit data. Conversations over iMessage are encrypted, so no one but you and the person you’re talking to can see them in transit. And features built into Safari give you the ability to browse privately, block cookies, and prevent websites from tracking you.

Advanced security.

iOS offers the most advanced security of any mobile operating system. For starters, hardware and firmware features are designed to protect against malware and viruses, while iOS features help to secure your personal information. Face ID and Touch ID are easy alternatives to entering your passcode each time, preventing unauthorized access to your device. And we give developers tools to make the safest apps possible, including top-notch encryption, app transport security, and more.

Continuity

All your devices. One seamless experience.

With iCloud, iOS can automatically connect many of your Apple products, making things you do every day easier. Like quickly sharing files between devices without having to email them. Or starting a task on your iPad and finishing it on your Mac. And everything’s synced — so when you update a document or photo on your iPhone, the latest version appears on all your devices.1

Handoff lets you pick up right where you left off.

Start writing an email or text message on your iPhone and finish it on your Mac. Handoff works with iTunes, Music, Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Podcasts, and Clock.

Send text messages from any of your devices.

Receive a text on your iPhone and reply from your Mac or iPad. You can even send messages from your iPad or Mac by selecting a phone number in apps like Safari, Contacts, or Calendar.

Share files wirelessly with AirDrop.

Sharing with AirDrop is faster and more convenient than an email or text, especially since you can send larger files that are too big for many email servers.2

Universal Clipboard lets you copy here and paste there.

Copy text, images, or video from an app on your iPhone. Then simply paste it into an app on your Mac or iPad.

AirPlay 2. Home, sweet-sounding home.

You can control your AirPlay 2 speakers with iPhone, iPad, and Mac, or seamlessly switch between them.3 Play a song in the living room and your kitchen at the same time. Adjust the volume in any room. Or have your music start instantly on all your speakers — in sync with one another.

iCloud

For safekeeping. And easy sharing.

iCloud securely and safely stores your photos, videos, documents, music, apps, files, and more — and keeps them updated across all your devices. So you always have access to what you want, wherever you want it.4

iOS even works in your home and your car.

Home

iOS makes home automation secure and easy. So you can do things like have your lights turn on when you pull into the driveway, play music for your cat while you’re out of town, or lock the front door from your iPhone if you forgot to.5

Learn more about the Home app

CarPlay

CarPlay is the smarter, safer way to use iPhone in your car. It allows you to get directions, listen to your favorite tunes, make calls, and more. All in a way that lets you stay focused on the road.

Learn more about CarPlay

Do Not Disturb

iOS 11 can sense when you might be driving and help keep you from being distracted by calls, texts, and notifications. You can customize a message for anyone trying to contact you. And in the case of an emergency, a call or message can come through.

Accessibility

We want everyone to experience the power of iOS.

iOS includes a variety of assistive features that allow people with disabilities to enjoy more of what iPhone and iPad have to offer. Because as technology moves forward, we want to make sure no one is left behind.

Vision

Hearing

Physical &
Motor Skills

Literacy &
Learning

You’ll always get the latest updates. Free.

iOS updates are free. And they’re available to download wirelessly on your iPhone and iPad the moment they’re released. Your device can alert you when it’s time to get the latest version. So you won’t miss out on the amazing features in new updates.

Switching to iOS from Android is easy.

The Move to iOS app makes it surprisingly simple to move all your important stuff, such as contacts, calendars, and photos, to your new iPhone or iPad. Do it yourself or come in to an Apple Store and let a Specialist help you. Either way, Apple Support is always standing by if you have any questions.

See what’s new in iOS 11.

Learn more about iOS 11