iOS 11 beta – How to download Apple’s brand new operating system ahead of its release date

APPLE iOS 11 has just been unveiled at WWDC in San Jose and it’s packed with new features including improved Siri functions and the ability to send friends money via Apple Pay – here’s how to download the beta version before anyone else.

By DAVID SNELLING
PUBLISHED: 08:04, Sat, Jun 10, 2017 | UPDATED: 08:05, Sat, Jun 10, 2017

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Apple iOS 11 has been released and here’s how to download the beta version

iOS 11 has now officially been unveiled with this new operating system bringing a swathe of improvements to the iPhone and iPad.

This latest OS is packed with new features including improvements to Apple’s Siri smart assistant, better photography features and even the ability to send cash to your friends via Apple Pay.

A one-handed keyboard, improved Apple Maps and customisable Control Centre are also included in this blockbuster update.

If you own an iPad there’s also a new dock feature which can be filled your most recent and favourite apps plus iOS 11 helps improve multitasking on this popular tablet.

The option to drag and drop is another improvement coming to the iPad and, if you own a Pro model, Apple’s Pencil gets some more features including being able to mark up screen grabs and documents.

There’s no official release date for iOS 11 but it’s expected to be available to download from September.

However, there is a very easy way to get this major update before anyone else.

Every year Apple allows users to sign up to its beta programme.

This test software gives the US technology giant an insight into how their new software is performing before it’s released to the masses.

So, if you fancy trying out iOS 11 here’s a guide to getting involved in the beta test.

How to sign-up to the iOS 10 Public Beta

Before you go any further, you need to ensure that your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch is compatible with iOS 11.

Most modern iPhones and tablets will work with iOS 11 although if you own an iPhone 5 or 5c you won’t be able to test this new software.

Once you have determined that your Apple device is compatible, visit the Apple Beta Program website and enrol yourself in the program.

Apple is expected to release its public in the next few weeks but, by signing up, you’ll get an alert when its ready to be downloaded.

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Click Sign Up to kickstart the process, and then create a back-up of your device by connecting it to a computer with iTunes installed.

As a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, you’ll then be able to download the latest public beta, as well as subsequent updates, straight from the iOS Software Update.

Simply navigate to Settings > General > Software Update to find out whether a new iOS beta is available to download.

It’s also worth remembering that as public beta software has not yet been commercially released by Apple, it will probably contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially released software.

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