Apple has released iOS 11 public beta 2 for testers. The update is rolling out now for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as over-the-air update from Settings > General > Software Update. The first public beta was released at the end of June, just after the release of the second developer beta, while the third developer beta for iOS 11 was just released a few days ago.
As it goes with all public beta releases from Apple, the changes and features are expected to be the same as the developer beta released just before it. To find out what is new in iOS 11 public beta 2, check out our in-depth coverage of the changes and improvements in iOS 11 beta 3.
Some of the best new features in iOS 11 include improvements to iPad’s multitasking, introduction of a new macOS like Dock, drag-and-drop copy pasting support for text, images and other types of content and much more. Apple Pencil also has a lot of productivity enhancements thanks to Instant Markup, Instant Notes and other new features. Almost all built-in apps for iPhone and iPad like Notes, Safari, Messages and Health have received improvements. With HEVC and HEIF, Apple has also introduced new codecs with 50% better compression as well as quality for photos and videos. Expect to save a lot more storage space, specially with 4K video capture. iPhone 7 Plus users will particularly enjoy the improvements to Portrait mode in low light conditions. Live Photos have also become more useful as the Photos app now lets you use effects like loop, bounce and long exposure to get creative results.
Since this is beta software, there are still a lot of on-going changes, feature implementations and bugs that are yet to be resolved. The final version of iOS 11 is going to be released this fall so expect a lot more developer and public beta releases to be made available by Apple.
Enroll iPhone or iPad for iOS 11 public beta 2
If you have not yet registered for the public beta, here is how you can do so:
- Navigate to http://beta.apple.com/profile using Safari on your iOS device.
- Sign in using your Apple ID.
- Click on download to install the configuration profile. If you have a passcode setup on your iPhone or iPad, enter it to allow installation of the profile.
- Restart your iOS device.
- Open Settings > General > Software Update to check for iOS 11 public beta 2 and download it.
If you want to go back to iOS 10, follow our guide to downgrade from iOS 11 public beta to iOS 10.