Apple releases iOS 11 preview. Here's what's new

Mandy Carr
June 27, 2017

Going forward, every time Apple updates the developer beta version, the public beta will also receive the same update.

Apple released the first public beta of iOS 11 on Monday, following through on its promise to give users a taste of the next major iPhone and iPad operating system. The software has been available to developers since WWDC 2017 but is now available to anyone willing to test it.

iOS 11 now is available through Apple's Beta Software Program for free. Again, Apple recommends you install the iOS 11 beta on a secondary device. You can reach out to the developer directly to make sure they have no plans to update the app - if they do, hang on and wait for a new version. Previous versions would saddle you with the Sophie's choice of options-"Always" and "Never"-when it came to allowing an app to use your location".

While you're waiting for it to download and install, you can check out our iOS 11 FAQ with all the information we know so far.

With the public beta program, you can download and install iOS 11 to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Many developers will tell you horror stories about iPhones that simply don't boot up because of a beta.

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The best new addition to the iOS 11 update for iPad may just be the new keyboard shortcut mechanic for accessing numbers, symbols and punctuation. The former shows the files you've opened most recently, while the latter lets you peruse files kept in apps like Google Drive, Box and Dropbox, as well as those stored on the iPad.

Siri gets a lot of improvements, including a new voice.

If you're still using a 32-bit device, like the iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, or 4th-generation iPad, 32-bit apps will continue to work just fine.

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