Apple’s new iOS 11 for the iPad and iPhone won’t officially be released for a few months but if you don’t want to wait there is a way you can get your hands on the new operating system now.
Apple has just kicked off its iOS 11 Public Beta which allows users to install an early version of the software onto their iPhone or iPad.
This means customers can try out the new features as well as report any issues using the Feedback Assistant app.
The IOS 11 update has numerous new features including:
– Many new features for iPad including better multitasking, a new-look dock that is also customisable, a new Files app and new Apple Pencil abilities.
– Siri’s new male and female voices with even more intelligence
– new Live Photo modes including Loop, Bounce and Long Exposure effects.
– Do Not Disturb While Driving mode to keep your hands off your phone and your eyes on the road.
– new App Store designed to make discovering new apps even easier.
– redesigned Control Centre which can be customised to put even more controls at your fingertips
– indoor maps in Apple Maps so you can get directions inside shopping centres and major airports.
Here’s what you need to do if you want to join the IOS 11 Public Beta program.
- Back up your iPhone or iPad
- Sign in with your Apple ID at beta.apple.com.
- Enroll your iOS device. There will be a link to download a configuration profile. After it is installed your device will need to be restarted.
- When the device is on again go to Settings > General > Software Update and you should see the IOS 11 Beta ready to be downloaded and installed.
iOS 11 will run on iPhone 5S and later iPad Mini 2 and later, fifth generation iPad, iPad Air, iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro.
Users should note iOS 11 is still in development which means some of your apps may not work as they usually do.
Once registered to the program, it still possible for users to unenroll and revert to their previous operating system.
Apple advises users not to install the iOS 11 beta software on their primary device as it may not perform as well as commercial versions of the operating system.