For people excited about trying new operating system features, iOS 11 Public Beta is finally available for Apple product users. There is no need for paying a developer; simply download. However, note that it is still Beta.
Before the release of the final version, Apple has indicated that it will release more public betas in summer. This will help to clear bugs in the operating system and evaluate the effectiveness of new features in bigger user groups.
The iOS 11 public beta release an opportunity to pre-test everything.
After Apple releases iOS 11 public beta, it will be made available to beta testers who have already signed for the Apple Beta Testing Program. These testers get the iOS 11 version over-the-air after installing the required certificate.
If you want to test the iOS 11 Beta, you also have to register on the Apple Beta Testing Website that provides access to tvOS, macOS, and iOS betas. Here are the main features to anticipate;
- The iOS 11 public beta comes with some changes on your device operating system that includes customizable new operating center and new lock screen.
- The Siri has gotten smarter and comes with an intuitive voice.
- The messages come with features for a person-to-person Apple Pay.
- The iOS notes are now searchable and further features document scanning for a more awesome experience.
- Music features allow the iOS 11 users to share playlists with friends.
- The file app helps greatly with file management (comes with app switcher and supports drag and drop functionality).
- The developers now have access to more tools including ARkit to come up with new AR applications as well as games.
Take caution; the iOS 11 Public Beta release is not yet commercial!
After iOS 11 public beta release, Apple was prompt to caution its users. If you do not fancy taking risks, it is better to wait for the full iOS release in fall.
- It is not advisable to install iOS 11 on primary iPad or iPhone.
- Some features might work while others might not.
- Because the iOS 11 is a beta version, there is a risk of crashing your iPhone/iPad.
For people who love trying new things, it is prudent to backup all the data. Start by updating your iCloud backup on the iPhone/iPad. Indeed, do not stop there! Plug your device to the laptop and manually carry an encrypted backup in iTunes. This way, you can be sure to restore the iPhone/iPad to the previous version if things go wrong.