iOS 11 Public Beta Is Out: What You Need To Know

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Apple has opened up their public beta of iOS 11. Given this is the first public beta, it’s not a good idea to install this on a device you rely on for real work. Here’s how to get it, who it’s for and what to watch out for.

Where do you get it?

In order to access the public beta, you’ll need to visit Apple’s Beta Software program page and log in using your Apple ID.

In order to access the beta, you’ll be prompted to install a Configuration Profile. This is sa simple process but does require a system reboot to take effect.

Once that’s done, you go to Settings > General > Software Update and you can download and install the update.

On my iPad Air 2, running iOS 10.3.2, the update was 1.75GB

Device Compatibility

As iOS 11 is Apple’s first 64-bit only mobile OS, a number of older devices won’t be able to upgrade. The official list of compatible devices is

  • iPhone 7/Plus
  • iPhone 6s/Plus
  • iPhone 6/Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 10.5-inch, and 9.7-inch)
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 2/3/4
  • iPod Touch (6th generation)

If your device isn’t on this list you’ll be stuck on iOS 10.

Gotchas

I’ve only installed iOS 11 today so I’ve not had the to find any glitches. You’ll notice some of the icons have been sharpened up and the new App Store might take some getting used to. The Files app looks interesting but I need to really play with it to see how it works with OneDrive, Dropbox and other file services.

This is a beta so installing it to a production machine does carry risks. In the past, when I was running an IT group and we were deploying iPads using automated remote configuration tools we discovered Apple deprecated features we relied on so you’ll need to ensure any third party tools you use work.

If things go pear-shaped and you want to go back to iOS 10 until Apple squashes bugs in iOS 11, there is a way to reverse the update.


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