iOS 10 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.

A monumental leap for iPad.

iOS 11 brings iPad to life like never before. New features and capabilities let you get more done, more quickly and easily, making it a phenomenally powerful and personal experience.

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Easy to Use

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

From the moment you pick up your iOS device, you’re up and running. Tap your favorite app and get right to work — or play. Swipe from the right side of the Lock screen to quickly pull up your camera. Scroll through thousands of photos in seconds. Everything about iOS is designed to look beautiful and work beautifully.


So smooth and responsive you won’t even notice it. And that’s the point.

Because iOS is engineered specifically for iPhone and iPad, everything looks and feels incredibly fluid. iOS uses a framework called Metal to maximize graphics performance. Whether you’re surfing the web or moving from app to app, the graphics and responsiveness are amazingly smooth. No other mobile operating system is so effortless and natural.


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

Something really special happens when hardware and software are made for each other. Everything just works. Incredibly well. Apps can take full advantage of hardware features such as the powerful A10 chip, advanced camera system, Touch ID sensor, and 3D Touch. Your iPad lets you work with two apps at once. iOS even helps your battery last longer by updating apps only when your device is plugged in.


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 sharp pictures in a flash.

3D Touch

The latest iPhone Retina displays can distinguish between different levels of pressure, revealing more options depending on how deeply you press. So you can do more with just a touch.1

Built-in Apps

Apps as elegant as they are essential.

iOS comes with a core collection of Apple-designed apps you’ll use every day, like Photos, Maps, Messages, Health, and more. Each of these apps is engineered with incredible attention to detail. So, for example, when you send a message, you can express yourself in more ways than ever. You can also do things like find people in your camera roll through advanced facial recognition technology.

iOS knows what you want before you do.

iOS is so smart it can provide helpful suggestions to make writing a message easier and get you to your destination faster. All while keeping your information private.

  • Maps

    Maps can learn your daily routine, providing helpful suggestions for places you might like to visit and the fastest way to get there. For example, upcoming meetings on your calendar are automatically presented with suggested routes.

  • 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. Making it faster than ever to find your favorite memories.

  • Suggested apps

    iOS 10 can suggest apps you might like to use based on your location and the time of day. When you arrive at the gym, for example, iOS 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 everything we make.

At Apple, protecting your information is something we build into our processes from the beginning. When we have an idea for a product, we find a way to make it that ensures your security and privacy. It’s a value 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 wants your location information or personal data — like in Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, or Photos — it needs your permission. And you have complete control over how apps access your HealthKit and HomeKit data. Conversations over iMessage and FaceTime are encrypted so no one but you and the person you’re talking to can see or read what’s being said while you're communicating. 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. Touch ID lets you use your fingerprint as an easy alternative 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. The point is, security runs throughout the entire system — everything from the hardware to iOS to the App Store.


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 sharing large files instantly 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.2

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 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.3

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.


Safely store all your stuff. Automatically.

iCloud can automatically back up your photos, videos, documents, apps, contacts, calendar events, and more — keeping your most important content safe, while freeing up space on your iPhone or iPad.4 Find My iPhone helps you find your device if you lose it.5 And everything stored in iCloud is easily accessible from any iOS device or Mac.

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iOS even works in your 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, or lock the front door from your iPhone if you forgot to.


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.



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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 even alerts you when it’s time to get the latest version. So you won’t miss out on the amazing features in new updates.

See what’s new in iOS 11.

Learn more about iOS 11