Apple just released the first iOS 11 beta to everyone

Phillip Butler
June 27, 2017

As enticing as the public beta may be, it's important to remember this really is a not-ready-for-prime-time version of the operating system.

If you do install in on your iPhone or iPad, the update will also add a "Feedback" app where you can report any bugs you might encounter.

Please be advised that if you decide to take the iOS 11 beta version for a spin, DO NOT use your primary device.

The public beta of iOS 11 is out now for anyone to test.

To download the update, head over to to download the configuration profile for your device.

As with any early release, installing the iOS 11 beta comes with certain risks. That will make the beta available as an over-the-air software update in the Settings app. All the developers of the iOS 11 receive the beta 2 of it along with the update coming as a surprise because normally, betas come on a Monday evening or morning the next day.

The Pencil gets more useful: Pull out an Apple stylus and touch it to the iPad's screen, and it'll automatically start writing a note. And Apple is adding the ability to edit and customize these Control Center shortcuts, a useful feature Android has offered for years. Apple also promised to expand the assistant's support and functionality so it can work more easily alongside and be integrated into apps. The dock has a set of apps that the user has selected to stick as well as a set of recently opened apps. Like all other software updates from Apple, iOS 11 will be free to download and use.

"IOS 11 sets a new standard for what is already the world's most advanced mobile operating system", Apple wrote on its website.

But it's the iPad Pro that sees the radical changes in the form of multiasking, and it's enough to make it a laptop replacement - for some people.

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