Apple’s released a seventh iOS 11 beta which means the official iOS 11 release date is getting extremely close.
If you can’t wait that long, you can try out a pre-release version of iOS 11 right now. Apple’s released an iOS 11 beta for select iPhones and iPads giving iOS users a chance to get off iOS 10.3.3 and iOS 10.
With the iOS 11 release date probably just weeks away we want to go over the key things to know about the upgrade if you own a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
This roundup covers the status of the iOS 11 beta for those interested in trying iOS 11 early, when you can expect the iOS 11 update to land in your region, a peek at the device’s staying on iOS 10, and a look at what to expect from the iOS 11 release time for Apple’s betas.
We’ll continue to add new information about the update and its release to this roundup so check back for regular updates as we push toward the update’s official release.
iOS 11 Beta
If you can’t wait until the fall, you can try the iOS 11 update right now.
Apple’s released an iOS 11 beta for developers and the company’s also released a version for those enrolled in the iOS Beta Software Program. Apple’s public Beta Software Program is free to anyone with a working Apple ID.
Developers are currently on iOS 11 beta 7 while those enrolled in the Beta Software Program are currently testing their sixth iOS 11 beta.
If you’re interested in trying the early version of iOS 11, you’ll want to prepare yourself, and your device, before you download the pre-release software.
We’ve put together a guide that will take you through the iOS 11 beta pre-installation process. We’ve also put together a few other resources that might come in handy should you decide to try iOS 11 ahead of its release.
We’ll show you how to signup for and install the iOS 11 beta. We’ll take you through how long the download and installation process takes.
We’ve also put together a guide takes you through the best reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 11 beta right now. If you need more feedback than that, we’ve taken a look at the iPhone 6s and iPad Air iOS 11 betas.
If you’re new to the beta process or simply need some additional help, take a look at those guides.
iOS 11 Release Date
If Apple sticks to its standard iOS release protocol we’ll probably get a firm release date during the company’s annual iPhone media event.
Look for the iOS 11 update to get certified and released shortly before the new iPhones arrive in the United States and select countries around the world.
iOS 11 Release Time
It’s difficult to predict the iOS 11 release date but the iOS 11 release time is actually extremely easy to predict.
When iOS 11 arrives this fall it will almost certainly arrive around 10AM Pacific on release day. You can expect the same from Apple’s iOS 11 beta updates.
Here’s what that will look like for other regions in the United States and countries around the world including Australia and Japan:
- Eastern – 1 PM
- Central – 12 PM
- Mountain – 11AM
- London – 6 PM
- Moscow – 9 PM
- New Delhi – 10:30 PM
- Shanghai – 1 AM
- Tokyo – 2 AM
- Melbourne – 3 AM
- Auckland – 5 AM
Apple never releases iOS updates (including betas) on the weekend and it typically releases new software on Monday and Thursday.
iOS 11 Update
As for the iOS 11 update itself, Apple’s packed the beta with new features including key changes to Siri, Messages, Apple Music, and Apple Maps. You can get a good look at many of them in the walkthrough video below.
iOS 11 Beta 2
Apple’s second iOS 11 beta, iOS 11 beta 2, was mainly focused on fixing bugs (including the busted Bluetooth toggle in Control Center) but there are some key changes current, and prospective, beta users should be aware of.
The second beta introduced a brand new blur animation that users will notice when pulling down to bring up the Lock Screen/Notification Center.
It also included the option to disable Control Center within apps. This prevents the menu from coming up when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
Here are a few other changes Apple delivered in iOS 11 beta 2:
- Hindi Dictation
- A “Save to Files” Share Sheet option within the new Files app.
- Do Not Disturb While Driving mode.
- A way to disable “Show Recents” in the new iPad dock. Head into General > Multitasking to disable it. Once disabled, the only apps that will show in the dock are the ones you’ve added.
iOS 11 Beta 3
Apple’s third iOS 11 beta delivered a new sync system for Safari Bookmarks and Reading List which provides beta users with improved syncing and security.
It also added new voices for both genders of Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Dutch, and Swedish along with new female voices for English and Mexican Spanish and upgraded the voice for both genders of Japanese and Chinese.
Here are a few other highlights from the iOS 11 beta 3:
- The Wi-Fi button in Control Center will now disconnect your device from the current network. It also temporarily disables Wi-Fi networking.
- Dropbox and OS X Server are now in the Files app on the iPhone and the iPad. They’re filed under new Locations.
- There’s a new option to start a broadcast when you 3D Touch the screen recording button in the Control Center.
- Single Sign-on: Popular providers like AT&T, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, and Verizon are listed in TV Providers in Settings.
iOS 11 Beta 4
iOS 11 beta 4, like beta 3, added a few tweaks and bug fixes for lingering iOS 11 beta problems. Apple’s iOS 11 beta 4 included:
- A new dedicated section for AirDrop in Settings. It’s accessed in Settings > General.
- New icons for Contacts, Notes, and Reminders.
- Notification Center now allows you to swipe left to right to open a notification.
- Various other enhancements.
iOS 11 Beta 5
The fifth iOS 11 beta introduced bug fixes and a few minor features. Here are a few highlights from the previous iOS 11 beta:
- Migrating an Android phone should now work correctly
- The expanded Wi-Fi UI in Control Center now updates the network name when transitioning between networks.
- The Bluetooth button behavior in Control Center now mirrors that of the Wi-Fi control.
- When installing the beta, users with separate iTunes and iCloud accounts are no longer logged out from their iTunes account.
- Apple’s pulled the iCloud Messages feature from iOS 11 beta. The feature allows iMessages to be stored in iCloud which could help free up tons of storage. It’s unclear why it was pulled or when it will come back.
- Music app in Control Center now features a icon that shows nearby audio sources when touched.
- Screen recording indicator bar is now red instead of blue.
iOS 11 Beta 6
The sixth iOS 11 beta was primarily focused on crushing bugs.
This version of the iOS 11 beta delivered a fix for a longstanding issues with DirecTV’s app and some key fixes for Notes and Family Sharing. As for new “features,” the iOS 11 beta 6 brought some tweaks to the App Store and Maps icons.
iOS 11 Beta 7
The iOS 11 beta 7 is also focused on fixing lingering issues ahead of the official release. The seventh beta includes fixes for AirPlay, third-party applications, connectivity, and Do Not Disturb. It also includes some bugs of its own.
Look for any upcoming iOS 11 betas to squash more bugs as Apple works to polish its next operating system ahead of the official release date this fall.
iOS 11 Emoji
One thing that’s not included in the iOS 11 beta? The new emoji from Unicode 10.
The Unicode Consortium recently released Unicode 10.0 and it brings 56 new emoji characters along with it. The list includes a zombie, a genie, an elf, an exploding head, a mage, a coconut, a sandwich, and a vampire.
Apple says these emojis will hit the iPhone and iPad before the end of the year but there’s a good chance they miss the initial iOS 11 release. Like last year, the new emoji characters should emerge inside a milestone upgrade like iOS 11.1.
In 2016, Apple’s iOS 10.2 that update delivered Unicode 9.0 and its new emoji characters to the company’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
For a full list of iOS 11 features and how they compare to iOS 10, take a look at our detailed walkthrough.
Devices Getting iOS 11
Lots of iOS 10-powered devices will get iOS 11. Some will not.
Apple’s most recent iPhones and iPads are in. If you own an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Pro, or iPad mini 4, there’s nothing to worry about. You’ll get iOS software updates for a few more years at least. Other popular devices like the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 are also safe.
If you own an older device, like the iPhone 5, you’re out of luck.
The iOS 11 update is officially coming to the iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod touch 6th generation. This means popular devices like the iPhone 5 and iPad 4 are staying put on iOS 10.
If you own an iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, or iPad 4, it might be time for an upgrade.
iPhone 8 & iPhone 7s
In fact, beta testers have discovered a new charging sound in the iOS 11 beta. The sound file is called “engage_power.caf” and some believe it could be tied into the new iPhone and its rumored wireless charging feature.
Apple and its carrier partners are starting to prep for the iPhone 8 release date and buyers in Germany can put a reservation in ahead of the announcements.
32-Bit App Support
Apple’s killing support for 32-bit devices like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c. It’s also transitioning away from 32-bit apps.
32-bit applications will not launch on iOS 11 and software developers are releasing 64-bit support updates.
The most recent update comes from Google. The company’s updated its Google Earth application with 64-bit support, a redesign, and a host of new features. Look for more 64-bit updates to trickle out ahead iOS 11 release this fall.
Apple plans to transition the Mac App Store to 64-bit in 2018.
iOS 11 Jailbreak
The iOS 11 update has reportedly been jailbroken but that doesn’t mean an iOS 11 jailbreak is around the corner.
Jailbreak developers have apparently cracked iOS 11 beta with a proof-of-concept emerging at the MOSEC (Mobile Security Conference) conference in Shanghai, China.
This is good news for the jailbreak community but a proof-of-concept doesn’t confirm a public release for the iOS 11 beta nor does it confirm a fast release for iOS 11 users in the fall.
For more on what we currently know about the iOS 11 jailbreak, take a look at our early roundup.
Install the If You Want to Improve the Final Version of iOS 11
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.