PHP 7.1 was released last week. It has many nice new features. If you're anything like me, you want to use the latest version right way. Upgrading to PHP 7.1 is not that difficult. Personally I use homebrew. The steps required to upgrade from 7.0 are laughably simple.
Just issue this command in your terminal:
brew tap homebrew/dupes brew tap homebrew/versions brew tap homebrew/homebrew-php brew install php71
Boom, done. If you need xdebug or imagick homebrew has got your back too:
brew install php71-xdebug brew install homebrew/php/php71-imagick
Not a fan of homebrew? No problem. PHP 7.1 can also easily be installed via this script on liip.ch:
curl -s https://php-osx.liip.ch/install.sh | bash -s 7.1
If you are, like me, a Forge user, you probably know that PHP 7.1 is already the default when provisioning a new server. And it looks like Forge will be able upgrade your PHP 7.0 to 7.1 with a click of a button in the near future.