Users can download the public beta version for free here. You will have to enroll your iOS device (here is a list of those that are compatible with iOS 11), install a configuration profile, and then reboot it and update the iOS as you normally would.
iOS 11—first announced at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June—is slated for an official release in September. If you download the beta version, your device will automatically update to the official version once it's available.
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The public beta offers a great opportunity for companies to take an early look at the changes to come with iOS 11, and how their apps and products will look once the update officially comes out.
However, it's important to be cautious, as this is still a beta, and contains bugs—therefore, it's not recommended to test it on a business machine or your primary device. If you don't have a secondary device to test it on, you should fully back up your iPad or iPhone before experimenting with the beta, as CNET noted.
The new OS includes a number of new features, including new voices and translation abilities for Siri, the ability to use Apple Pay via iMessage, live photo editing, a redesigned app store, and a new Control Panel, among other updates.
Developers can also tap new APIs and kits to add natural language learning functions, perform advanced image recognition tasks, build third-party apps that interface with Apple Music, and give Siri support to third-party apps, making it potentially very beneficial for tech companies and other businesses.
The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers
1. On Monday, Apple released iOS 11 in public beta, allowing anyone to test out the new platform before its official release in September.
2. iOS 11 includes new features such as translations from Siri, the ability to use Apple Pay via iMessage, and a redesigned app store.
3. Experts warn not to download the beta on your primary or business device, as it is still in the testing phase and may contain bugs.
- How to downgrade from the iOS 11 beta back to iOS 10 (TechRepublic)
- iOS 11: The smart person's guide (TechRepublic)
- Get your iPhone or iPad ready for the iOS 11 public beta (ZDNet)
- Apple macOS High Sierra kills AutoPlay in Safari, uses machine learning to improve privacy (TechRepublic)
- Apple releases iOS 11 preview. Here's what's new (ZDNet)
- How iOS 11 makes the iPad (mostly) better (CNET)
Alison DeNisco is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers CXO and the convergence of tech and the workplace.