iOS 11 Beta 2 Brings Several New Features, Changes And Known Issues

With iOS 11 beta 2 out now, here’s its release notes, revealing tons of changes made and some known issue for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

The newly released iOS 11 beta 2 is now only available to developers, but soon it will be seeded to public testers on Apple Beta Software Program. So those who are registered on Apple Developer Program can now install the second release in which it has been hopefully work on some of the issues and bugs that were reported following the release of the first initial beta.

That beta was actually made available to developers during the opening keynote of WWDC this year, meaning that the second release has come after two weeks following the foremost.

As per the release notes of the second developer pre-release of iOS 11 brings with it tons of new features, along with changes and known issue fixing. Unfortunately, public beta testers are still waiting for their first chance to install the latest and greatest that Apple has to offer. What makes sense now is that, Apple does not want to provide an untested iOS 11 to non-developers as yet, and will likely only bring those people on board once the developer builds have reached a point at which it is confident that the risk factor of catastrophic data loss or device bricking is minimal.

You can expect more with the second beta release, as there are plenty of things that appear to show changed, while there are still issues to be addressed. Apple’s full iOS 11 beta 2 notes can be found below should you wish to pass five minutes with a tea cup. Perhaps the list of known issues being the most interesting to read. For example, Apple notes that “syncing 32-bit apps via iTunes leaves a placeholder for the app,” which may be a problem for those who continue to use the software to sync and update their devices. This is one example of something Apple would not want those on the public beta program to have to deal with.

Secondary, a long list of bug fixes for both first and third-party apps also been mentioned. The Bluetooth button in Control Center, now works, for example, and there are new options for Do Not Disturb While Driving. 3D Touch with data detectors (phone numbers, addresses, and so on) is now working properly, Phone will no longer crash when dropping a voicemail, and apps over 100MB will no longer download over a Cellular network connection.

This outlines several new known issues, such as an unexpected pop or sound when restarting an iPhone 7, or a SOS notification that goes out when if the SOS alert is cancelled. iOS developers downloading the beta should carefully read the release note and make sure to install it on secondary devices only. Warned!

With a new Dock for the iPad, iOS 11 is Apple’s biggest software release ever, that introduces much improved multitasking, a Files app for better managing files, improved Apple Pencil support, a revamped App Switcher, and system-wide drag and drop, etc.

The latest iOS 11 update also includes many features for both the iPhone and the iPad, including a redesigned and customizable Control Center, a new Lock Screen that’s merged with the Notification Center. Peer-to-Peer Apple Pay payments are also being introduced in the Messages app, which is perhaps gaining a new App Drawer, and of course, there’s a new Do Not Disturb feature that is designed to help drivers stay focused on the road. Siri, Photos, the Camera app, and much more are also gaining significant improvements.

ARKit for developers will result in a wide range of new augmented reality apps, while a Core ML SDK will allow apps to become a whole lot smarter. Apple will provide a public iOS 11 beta 1/2 for testers in late June and the software will see official release in the fall alongside new iPhones, including the 10th Anniversary iPhone 8.

For the full lowdown on what is new or fixed – or continues to be broken – check out the release notes above.

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