Apple's first iOS 11 public beta is available now

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The schedule appears to be the same as previously announced - Apple plans to launch the final version of iOS 11 this fall, but until then regular public betas will be delivered to the masses.

The next major software update for iPhone and iPad will officially release alongside new iPhones, which could for the first time see three models, this autumn. This version allows much more fluid switching between apps, control of systems, and a new app that's been long awaited: Files.

And those are just the headline features. With every new update to the preview, some of those bugs and problems are removed - so you can wait until later on and hold our for a more dependable version of iOS 11. This is the Apple Beta Software Program.

The public beta of iOS 11 is out now for anyone to test. This way, even if the smartphone crashes your data will be safe. So, if you are curious to use the latest OS before everyone else, here is the step-by-step guide to installing the latest public beta release on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Or else, you will need your iOS device handy to proceed further. But should you? Unless you're either a hardcore Apple fan or a software developer, you should think hard before being Apple's guinea pig. There will be many augmented reality apps for iOS, since there are tons of third-party developers that are working on this ability right now. Along with the standard list of tweaks, the iOS 11 will majorly focus on boosting the iPad productivity.

Apple suggests backing up your device before installing the beta software because it is, after all, still a work in progress, so it's entirely possible there could be bugs in the code with unintended consequences.

Users who want to back up the account passwords as well as the Health and HomeKit data before they jump to the iOS 11 public beta should make sure to tick the box that says "Encrypt iPhone backup".

Another hoop, and although this one isn't essential we strongly recommend it.

Of course, as I noted in yesterday's article on the impending arrival of the public beta, most users should not rush out to install it, especially if the iPhone and/or iPad in use is a primary device.

This isn't hard to do, and is something you should be in the habit of doing anyway, but it's one more hurdle to pass. If you take a screenshot, you'll be able to mark up the page and share it or save it as a PDF. You too can join in on the "fun", if you really want.

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