Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Install the TVOS 11 public beta on your Apple TV

Install the TVOS 11 public beta on your Apple TV

Apple today released the very first public beta of iOS 11 for all to download and begin testing. Once that's complete, you'll need to go to on your device.

One thing to keep in mind is that this is a beta release, so you could run into some bugs while using it. The updates were announced at WWDC earlier this month, and the firm has kept to its promise of a public beta before the end of the month.

iOS 11 gives both the iPhone meaningful new features, including iMessages backed up by iCloud, augmented reality developer tools and a new Control Center design. There's even an official Files app for all iOS devices that lets you access files stored on your device without having to hunt down a third-party service to do so.

Whichever device you decide to install the iOS 11 public beta onto, make sure you carry out a full backup first.

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Apple will update the iOS 11 public beta a few times before the final version ships. That will make the beta available as an over-the-air software update in the Settings app. This is where you'll be able to sign into your Apple ID and register your phone or tablet to begin receiving public betas.

Next, you'll definitely want to back up your old device. Accept the agreement, navigate to the iOS tab, and download the iOS 11 software. The existing app switcher simply displays apps in paginated cards that you can flip through, whereas iOS 11's new method lays them out in a thumbnail view alongside the Control Center. You'll just connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac, put it in recovery mode, and restore it to the backup you made before you installed iOS 11.

There are also some photo editing improvements.

The OS X and iOS public betas come with a Feedback Assistant app, which can be opened from the second page of the Home screen on your iOS device or from the Dock on your Mac.

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