The sixth iOS 11 beta fixes problems from the previous versions but most of you are still better off staying put on an official version of iOS.
Apple will officially release iOS 11 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch this fall but you don’t have to wait to try iOS 11 and its long list of features.
The company’s released an iOS 11 beta for developers that allows iPhone and iPad users with a developer account to try the software ahead of its official release date. Apple’s also released a public iOS 11 beta into the Beta Software Program which means anyone with an Apple ID can now try iOS 11 for free.
Your testing will help Apple improve the final version of iOS 11. It also gives you a chance to test out some of iOS 11’s most exciting features (Siri Voice Translation, screen recording, Do Not Disturb While Driving, etc) before everyone else.
With that said, there are some reasons to avoid the iOS 11 beta and future iOS 11 beta releases. Apple will most likely release several iOS 11 beta updates before the final product is released.
Apple’s also closed off the iOS 10.3.2 update which means once you make the move to iOS 11 beta, your only option is to downgrade to the iOS 10.3.3 update.
This means if you move your iPhone 5s from an update like iOS 10.2.1 or iOS 9, you won’t be able to go back to that software if you move to iOS 11 beta.
This change puts a little more pressure on those of you trying to decide if the iOS 11 beta is worth it at this point in the game. We fully expect the final version of iOS 11 to arrive in a few weeks, probably in mid-September ahead of an iPhone 8 release.
If you’re currently on the fence about the iOS 11 beta, dig into this guide. It’ll walk you through the best reasons to try, and avoid, the iOS 11 beta for your device.
Install iOS 11 Beta If You Want to Improve the Final Version
Have you ever installed a new iOS update only to discover problems on board your device? If you've experienced frustrating iOS problems, you might want to give the iOS 11 beta a shot.
The iOS 11 beta lets you try out new features but it also helps Apple improve the software ahead of the release in the fall.
Your beta testing could prevent a major problem or a minor bug from appearing in the final iOS 11 release for your device.
If you're sick and tired of running into problems with iOS updates, do something about it. Download the iOS 11 beta and hunt for bugs.
If you find something lurking in the latest iOS 11 beta, make sure you report it to Apple.