After its first unveil at Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), iOS 11 seems to be well received by iPhone and iPad users. The update brings plenty, both for the iPhone and iPad devices in the form of improvements in the UI, new features and some completely overhauled apps like the App Store. It also brings a smarter Siri (that is now combined with Spotlight Search) which is now deeply integrated into the native apps, allowing the assistant to help out and make suggestions in various places.
With so many new additions, indeed everyone out there wants to get their hands on the latest version of iOS. But there’s a catch.
Interested users need to keep in mind that this is the first Developer beta. A Developer beta offers the raw experience and basically exists to give third-party app developers early access to the latest builds coming from Apple and can test out their apps on the new operating system.
With that, these developer builds come with plenty of bugs. These would include everything from random app crashes, odd-looking graphics that don’t get scaled right and even some more annoying ones like the non-functional auto-brightness feature. iPhonehacks has listed down most of the bugs in the first build and they are evident more on the iPhone than on the iPad.
So we would recommend you to wait until the first Public Beta arrives (in a month's time), which would be more stable and a bit polished. If you simply cannot hold on, here’s how you can get on the first developer build of iOS 11.
One detail to note is that you would normally need a developer account or a UDID to get access to developer builds. The method we have laid down is similar to what Redmond Pie has on offer, one that uses a Configuration Profile.
A Configuration Profile simply tells Apple’s servers that you have a developer account and will download a developer software build for installation via an over-the-air (OTA) update.
Once on a developer build your device will continue to receive developer beta updates going forward. You need to keep in mind that your device will not receive a public beta or a final consumer build even if they appear on consumer handsets and tablets.
In order to jump back to the consumer queue, you will have to flash the entire device and then pull off a restore using your older data which is why steps 1 and 2 are vital.
There are a few preparations that need to be done before you go ahead with this upgrade process.
1. Firstly, you will have to back up your iPhone or iPad either to iCloud or locally on an authorized PC where you would have Apple’s iTunes software installed.
2. Once you have backed up your device you will have to download the iOS 10.3.2 (or the current version of iOS that you are using) in a .IPSW format. You will get the links for these out here.
You will need both of the above (IPSW restore and your personal backup) to restore your iPhone or iPad to the state that it was in before you applied the Developer Beta, in case you are dissatisfied with iOS 11.
3. Open your Safari app and paste the following link in the address bar: bit.ly/2saB27a
The link will download the Configuration Profile to your device after which the system will prompt you to install the new software profile.
4. Tap Install and iOS will then prompt you to reboot the phone.
5. Upon rebooting, open Settings, then head to General and tap on Software Update. In there you will find a prompt to Download and Install the new iOS 11 Developer beta.
6. Tap on ‘Download and Install”, the device will then download the update ask for your device passcode and then reboot to the black install screen with the white Apple logo.
7. Now all you have to do is wait patiently till the bar fills up and the iPhone or iPad restarts. (we would recommend placing your device in a ventilated environment as it can get hot during the installation process).
Enjoy your brand new iOS 11 software experience!