iOS 11 on the iPad

what you need to know about the update

On September 19th 2017,  iOS 11 - a new operating system for recent model iPhones and iPads - will be available to download. With iOS 11, using the iPad is mostly familiar; however, there are a few major differences that improve the user experience. The following videos will introduce significant changes and demonstrate how to use the new features.  

iOS 11 on iPad

Which iPads Support iOS 11

Not all iPads are able to update to iOS 11. The following list includes all compatible model:

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

Not sure which model iPad you own?  Locate the model number (Settings > General > About > Model) and type it into a Google search. Click here for more information.


running the update

While iOS 11 will be available in September, it's typically recommended to hold off on running the update until early or mid October. With major software updates, the initial release occasionally results in minor bugs or compatibility issues with certain apps. Apple historically releases updated versions just a few weeks after the initial release. Decrease the likelihood of running into any issues by waiting until iOS version 11.01 or 11.02 is available for download.

The update will appear for download in the General section of the Settings app (Settings > General > Software Update). Prior to running the update, make sure that you are connected to a reliable Wi-Fi network and your iPad is over 50% charge (or plugged in). It's also a good idea to save a backup of your iPad before running the update. You can create a wireless backup using iCloud, or plug your iPad into a computer and create a backup via iTunes. Not sure how to backup your iPad? Click here for more information.