iOS 11 Public Beta is Here

It hasn’t been long since Apple announced their brand new version of iOS, iOS 11, at WWDC 2017. It brought a brand new layout to all of your Apple devices and especially on the iPad. You don’t need to pay $99 for a developer account anymore to download it. But remember, it is still a beta. While the company still plans to release the final version of iOS 11 this fall, Apple is going to release regular public betas over the summer. This is for Apple to make sure they can patch out any major bugs and test it out on a large group of users.

But remember, you shouldn’t install an iOS beta on your primary iPhone or iPad. Some things won’t work while others might crash or even block your phone altogether. Many developers will tell you stories about iPhones that simply don’t boot up because of a beta Apple has released. If you really want to download it and experience the beta then back up your device first. Make sure your iCloud backup is up to date by going to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Even more important, plug your iOS device to your computer to do a manual encrypted backup in iTunes. That’s the only way you can restore your iPhone or iPad to iOS 10 if things get out of hands. Here’s a guide on how to download the beta.

Head over to their Apple Beta Program page by Clicking Here. Enroll your phone. Then you have to install a configuration profile, reboot your device and update iOS like it’s a normal software update — AirDrop works well to transfer configuration profiles between your Apple devices. In September, your device should automatically update to the final version of iOS 11 when Apple sends out an update to all of the iPhones in the country you are in. You can now experience iOS 11 with its cool updates such as the new Scroll Up Dashboard, new Siri logo, a fully redesigned App Store that is adaptive to apps that you might like, improved Do Not Disturb mode, better AirPlay (AirPlay 2 ) and other exciting features. That was all for the iPhone but it gets better with the iPad.

iOS 11 features a ton of improvements for the iPad. You can now drag and drop files and app icons to open new apps, work with multiple apps at once and more. It’s a complete rethinking of the iPad user experience. You now have an improved dock that makes you iPad like a computer. It will feature a new files app that will show the data of all of the documents you have on your iPad and files such as notes and PDF’s. Notes are also getting a major update which will make it more adaptive to the Apple pencil that comes with the iPad Pro. Just like how Tim Cook said, “This is their biggest iOS update”.

Finally, there are some major changes, starting with ARKit and Core ML. Many third-party developers are already working on augmented reality apps and features as it has become much easier to turn the iPhone camera into an AR-enabled device.

I’m really excited to get iOS 11 on my iPhone but I’m probably not going to download the beta because I fear that it might block my phone. Even though my data is backed up to the cloud I fear I still might lose some data.

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