Try new iPhone features early with the iOS 11 public beta

27 June 2017

If you want to try out the latest version of iOS ahead of its full release later this year, now's your chance: Apple's kicked off the public beta program for iOS 11.

To try out the new version of Apple's mobile operating system, you'll need to sign up through the company's dedicated portal. After this, you'll be able to install the iOS 11 beta over the air, without deleting anything from your phone or tablet.

Apple recommends that you don't install iOS 11 on your primary device, as the operating system may still exhibit stability issues. In addition, beta operating systems can increase battery drain and result in compatibility issues with unoptimised apps. 

If you want to take the plunge and put it on your main iPhone or iPad, you can always roll back to an earlier version of iOS. This does however require wiping your phone and reinstalling iOS 10, so make sure you have a backup before you do so.

Announced earlier this month, iOS 11 has a couple of big features sure to delight both iPhone and iPad owners.

Key improvements include a Control Centre and App Store redesign, translation in Siri, Apple Pay in iMessage, and a "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode. There's also a host of iPad specific functionality, such as a larger dock, improved multitasking, and a Finder-like Files apps.

The iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, and iPhone 5s are all compatible with iOS 11. The iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c will not be getting the upgrade.

All iPad Pro and iPad Air models are also compatible with iOS 11. The newly released iPad will also get the upgrade, as will the iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPad mini 4.


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