Try the newest software updates before its official release this fall.

Earlier this month, Apple announced the upcoming availability of iOS 11, tvOS, and macOS High Sierra with some major updates to the functionality of the operating systems. Today, the public beta program for iOS 11 became available. Because this is a public beta, anyone who has a compatible iOS device can participate regardless of if you hold a developer account with Apple. Before you rush out to download and install it, you should be aware of a few things.

First, it is a beta program, which means the software is still going to have some bugs in it. It’s probably 95% finished, but there are still some kinks in the system that Apple wants to work out before the wide release in the fall. You might experience warmer than usual devices, worse battery life, and some features not being quite done or missing completely.

If you want to test out the iOS software in a Beta state, you should use a test device and not your primary oneYou never know what might happen with a beta program. The first thing you will want to do is backup your device and make sure your device is compatible with the beta. After you have confirmed your device should work and it’s been backed up, follow these steps:

  • Visit Apple’s public beta website.
  • Sign up and Sign into the Apple Beta Program using your Apple ID.
  • Accept the agreement page and select the iOS tab.
  • Tap the Enroll link and then the Download Profile button.

You will be taken to the profile area of the Settings app on your iOS device.

  • Tap Install in the upper right-hand corner
  • Tap Install on the Consent page
  • Tap Install at the bottom of the page
  • Select Restart to reboot your device.

Once your device restarts, go to Settings > General > Software Update and you should have the Checking for Update option.

  • Tap Download and Install
  • Agree to the terms and conditions page.
  • Once the download is complete, tap Install Now to begin the install

Even though there are a lot of steps, it’s not a difficult process and you should be able to get through it fairly quickly.

For a full list of iOS 11 features, visit apple.com/ios/ios-11-preview.
For more information, visit beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram.

Earlier today, we published an article that indicated that the public beta for macOS High Sierra was available starting today, but that was incorrect. That program is coming soon, which is indicated on the Apple Beta Program website. 

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