Apple releases iOS 11 Beta 3; includes several tweaks and OS improvements

Apple has released iOS 11 Developer Beta 3 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The third beta is currently available only to registered developers. As reported by 9TO5Mac, the public beta will be out soon as Apple typically holds new public beta versions for a few days to include some additional updates that make for a more polished version of the same OS.

iOS 11 Developer Beta 3 brings in a number of improvements including a refined 3D Touch interface for the Camera app in Control Center. UI tweaks can also be noticed in the 3D Touch overlay view for the Notes Control Center shortcut.

Other UI changes include the Cover Sheet of the Notification Center which has been refined. It now shows all notifications immediately when swiped into view. Previously, a second upward gesture to see older notifications was necessary. The Smart Invert feature is also now applied with better fluidity across the operating system.

The Smart Invert feature is also now applied with better fluidity across the operating system. Other tweaks to the include a new preference in App Store settings, which allow users to choose whether to auto-play videos. Disabling the auto-playing video entirely or only when on cellular networks are also added as options.

On the iPad, removing apps from the multitasking window has been made simpler. Apps can be removed with an upward swipe gesture. The close button ‘x’ interface seen in previous betas have been replaced with the swipe functionality. The default Mail app on beta 3 remembers if it is open in 3-column mode on larger 12.9-inch iPad displays when switching between full screen and split-screen presentations.

Developers also get Safari Services which offers a new API to improve the authentication flow for onboarding. This would enable a user that is logged into a web app to be automatically logged into the native app without entering a password.

We expect the final version of iOS 11 to be out in September alongside the release of the new iPhone models. If you are in a hurry, you could either sign up for a Public beta of iOS 11 (fewer bugs) or jump on to the raw and unpolished Developer beta by clicking here.

Updated Date: Jul 11, 2017 14:09 PM