Apple has released the first public beta for iOS 11 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update is out on the same day when Apple also released iOS 11 beta 2 Update 1 for select iOS devices.
Enroll iPhone or iPad for iOS 11 beta
- Go to http://beta.apple.com/profile on your iOS device.
- Click on ‘download’ and install the configuration profile. If you have passcode setup on your iOS device, you will have to enter it to allow installation of the configuration profile.
- Restart your iOS device as instructed
- Go to Settings > General > Software Update to check for iOS 11 public beta update and download it.
If you want to go revert from the public beta to iOS 10, follow our guide here to downgrade from iOS 11 beta to iOS 10.
If you use the public beta, make sure to share feedback with Apple using the built-in app in iOS 11.
These are a number of features you can test in the new public beta. iOS 11 has a lot of new features for both users and developers. iPad gets some love with iOS 11 by getting a number of new productivity focused updates and refinements. iPad now has a Mac like Dock, Mission Control type Multitasking and app switching, and new copy pasting via drag and drop. Apple Pencil also has new features like instant markup, notes and drawing for iPad Pro users.
Furthermore, iPhone and iPad also include a new Files app which supports local storage, iCloud and third party storage providers like Google Drive and Dropbox. Apple has also introduced augmented reality support through a new API called ARKit. Apple Pay now supports person to person cash sharing via Messages. New codecs for photos and videos provide better quality and compression thanks to HEVC and HEIF. Built-in apps like Camera, Photos, Notes, Siri, Maps, Apple Music and News also have a number of new features and improvements.
In terms of design, iOS 11 includes new animations, font and layout tweaks, updated notifications and lock screen implementation.
New Developer APIs include Metal 2 (with 2x performance compared to Metal 1), ARKit for augmented reality, NFC tag reading, CoreML for machine learning, SiriKit support for more type of apps, Depth API for iPhone 7 Plus dual lens camera, Files API, AirPlay 2 and more.
Apple also released macOS High Sierra public beta today.