WWDC 2017: Apple iOS 11 first beta now out for developers

At the ongoing World Wide Developers Conference 2017 (WWDC) Apple announced an updated version of iOS, watchOS, macOS and tvOS.  Among these, the much-loved iOS 11 saw the maximum number of updates with new features available on both supported iPhone and iPad models. While the final software will not be out for the next six months, Apple did announce the availability of the first beta for iOS 11 soon after the keynote.

MacRumours reports that the updated iOS 11 software will only be available to developers. Developers who have registered to the beta program can now install and run the iOS 11 developer beta for testing out iOS 11 compatible apps.

Developers who have already registered and have the required configuration profile installed will receive an over-the-air (OTA) update.

iOS 11 brings in a ton of new improvements and updates to Apple's mobile operating system. On the iPad, Apple delivers better multitasking with the new Dock, that provides quick access to frequently used apps and documents, from any screen. The app switcher has also been redesigned to make it easier to move between pairs of active apps used in the Split View. The company has also added the full-size virtual keyboard for iPad users to make it easier to type.

Another major update arrived in the form of the new Files app, one that will let you store files locally and in iCloud Drive including third-party providers like Dropbox and more. Sharing a file is as simple as dragging it from the files app and dropping into another app.

Other mentionable upgrades include the revamped App Store which has seen its first major update in years. The App Store is now more than just a store but will also give users in-depth features and reviews of the apps and App Store editors will also uncover stories behind iOS developers and apps they have developed.

Siri too will get smarter with advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) along with a number new features and some new languages added. The developer beta will contain a lot more bugs in comparison to the public beta that is expected to release soon. So if you feel like trying out the iOS 11 we would suggest you wait a bit until the public beta is made available.

Updated Date: Jun 06, 2017 08:54 AM