Apple has officially launched iOS 11 to the general public via the Apple Beta Software Program. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can now install iOS 11, however Apple does not recommend installing beta software on primary devices. Buzz has been building around the newest mobile operating system since its reveal at WWDC. Apple has posted an iOS 11 preview highlighting some of the changes in the latest firmware.
Beta Software Program
Apple's recently unveiled iOS 11, slated to launch this fall with the debut of the new iPhone, introduces a slew of new features including an overhauled, customizable Control Center, an improved Siri, the ability to send money to friends via Messages and more. While the new iOS is still several months away, it is currently available for developers and a public beta version will be available within a few weeks for anyone who can't wait to test drive the new features.
If you have joined the Apple Beta Software Program and are running beta versions of iOS, you may have noticed that Apple doesn't always push the official release once it is available. For instance, iOS 10.2 is available now, but your iPhone may be still be running the Public Beta 7 version and not alerting you that the final version is available. If this is the case, you can easily remedy this via iTunes. Here's how:
When you join Apple's Beta Software Program, you install a software profile that is used to push beta software updates to your iPhone. Uninstalling it will stop you from receiving beta updates. To remove it, head to Settings -> General -> Profile, tap on the profile, then tap Delete Profile.
While many of us install iOS public betas just to use all of the new features before the official launch, Apple's Beta Program is intended to help them discover and fix issues with the new operating system. Putting it in the public's hands is a powerful tool to help identify issues. If you have installed the public beta (if you haven't here's how) and are noticing bugs that should be reported, or just want to make suggestions, there is a Feedback app that will allow you to do so. Here's how to use it: