Apple releases iOS 11 Public Beta 4 for iPhone and iPad allowing non-developers to download and test all the new features ahead of its official launch. Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program will receive the new iOS 11 beta update over the air after downloading the appropriate certificate on their iOS device.
The fourth iOS 11 public beta comes around three weeks after the Cupertino-based giant released the iOS 11 beta 3 and it corresponds to iOS 11 developer beta 4 that was released in the fall of last month. In terms of stability, there’re always some warnings apply to any pre-release software such as sluggish performance, crashing apps, and non-optimal battery life.
If you still want to try your hands on iOS 11 public beta 4, you’ll need to sign up for Apple’s beta program first if you haven’t already. However, step-by-step instructions for downloading the public beta of iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad can be found in our how-to tutorial. It’s recommended that betas should only be installed on an old iOS device as the software is incomplete and includes many bugs and odd behaviors that are yet to be resolved.
With iOS 11 public beta 4, the iPhone maker continues to refine iOS 11 for iPad and iPhone ahead of its launch this year. The new iOS update ditches the iCloud Messages feature, adds new Camera and Settings icons, as well as includes a new Control Center Music widget, making it easier to send music to AirPlay devices, headphones, and speakers.
iOS 11 comes with some fairly noteworthy changes to the operating system including a new lock screen experience. The voice assistant Siri is smarter now with a more natural voice. Moreover, Messages in iOS 11 includes person-to-person Apple Pay, Notes has searchable handwriting and document scanning, and Music allows you to share playlists with your friends for the first time.
In case you don’t like the new features in iOS 11 and happy with your old iOS 10, you can easily downgrade from iOS 11 beta to iOS 10 if you’ve made a backup of all your data before installing iOS 11.
Apple’s iOS 11 public beta 4 is available for iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Pro models, the latest generation of iPad, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and every iPad Mini except for the first one. It works with iPod touch 6th generation as well.
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