iOS 11 beta rolls out to developers; features to expect

iOS 11 the next big release for Apple’s portable devices
By @nessdoctor on
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The Apple logo is seen on the facade of the new Apple Store in Paris, France, January 5, 2017. Reuters/Charles Platiau

Apple has released the tenth beta version of iOS 11. Those who have developer accounts can already try out the latest version of iOS by downloading it. To do so, one has to go to the Software Update page in the Settings app and tap on Download and Install.

iOS 11 is the next big release for Apple’s portable devices, mainly the iPad and the iPhone. iOS 11 was first unveiled at Apple’s WWDC event last June 2017. Developers have already been trying out the version for three months prior to its release.

There have been a lot of previous iOS versions that have worked great; at this point, the main fixes iOS users can count on deal with bugs as well as Siri’s responsiveness and accuracy. With a new iPhone release happening soon, things are heating up for the Cupertino-based developers to make sure the latest instalment is ready to roll out once the smoke clears up.

There is a big chance this could be the last the public will see of Apple’s public beta releases, according to Forbes. Unless Apple manages to sneak in a Public Beta 10, it looks like it has already run out of time for more testing. The Gold Master will be focused on fixing existing bugs on the operating system. Should there be more bugs, these will again be fixed in time for an iOS 11.1 release later this month.

Tech Crunch reports that while iOS 11 looks stable, it is not recommended to be installed by regular users. Beta versions usually drain batteries quickly. One can, however, be adventurous with the iPad, where some of the biggest changes are expected to happen. It is said to turn it into a more capable tablet. A user, for example, can now drag and drop files, apps and more.