Apple has released the fourth iOS 11 public beta. Members of Apple’s Beta Software Program can download the previews now and register devices.
iOS 11 includes features like a Files app, augmented reality support, a new Control Center, and a radically redesigned iPad interface.
Other changes in iOS 11 overall are back-end enhancements and an improved voice for Siri, plus Apple Pay and Photos services enhancements. The Do Not Disturb While Driving feature was introduced during the second beta.
The “Messages in iCloud” feature has been removed in the beta release, and Apple claims that it will ship in a future software update to iOS 11. Users can continue to receive and store messages on each device, and they can continue to backup and restore messages using iCloud Backup.
Unlike Apple’s developer program, the Beta Software Program is free, and should offer more stable code than some developer seeds.
Users should nevertheless be cautious about installing beta code on a primary device, since it can still potentially cause issues like crashes, battery drain, or slow performance.
How to sign up for a developer account or public beta membership
If you’re interested in becoming an Apple developer, you can visit developer.apple.com and join Apple’s Developer program. To get access to app distribution and developer betas, you’ll need to enroll in the company’s $99 year developer membership.
Developers tend to get beta software first, but that software can be unstable and bug-prone. If you only want a peek at Apple’s new software, but don’t want to take the risk of bricking your device on a developer seed, the company offers the public beta program for users.
You can sign up for the public beta by clicking the Sign Up link.
The iOS 11 beta can be downloaded as an over-the-air update. If and when you encounter issues, you should use the Feedback Assistant app that Apple includes with the beta releases of its software.