The first ever iOS 11 Public Beta has been rolled out recently, and it is safe to say that this one will be followed by others over the following weeks. Unlike the developer beta, users do not need a developer account or even shell out the sum required for the same.
However, the fact that Apple will roll out future updates to the iOS 11 public beta just like the developer beta also means that there will be improvements- which, in turn, means that problems will be inevitable in the current version. So before users jump the gun to download the iOS 11 Public Beta (note: only download it on a secondary device, as Apple recommends), there are a couple of things they need to know. Especially because Apple has promised a number of great new iOS 11 features, you can expect a few things to go south in the public beta. Take a look at the ones that have been brought to the fore by users.
iOS 11 Public Beta: What to Expect
The points noted below are not necessarily flaws, as such issues can be expected from anything running in beta. But going through them will undeniably prepare you better for the iOS 11 public beta, especially if you are have never experienced the developer beta before.
- Battery Drainage: An iPhone user has never had to complain about how often they need to charge their device, unless they have signed up for the beta program. Needless to say, this case presents itself once again with the iOS 11 public beta. So while you are looking forward to exploring all the new features, expect your iPhone’s battery to drain a lot faster than you are used to.
- Buggy Apps: Don’t expect all apps on your device running the iOS 11 public beta to run smoothly. This is because the developers are still working on making the apps perfectly compatible with the iOS 11 when it launches in Fall 2017. So until you get your hands on the final version, many of your apps will crash..a lot.
- Provide Your Precious Feedback: If you are familiar with Apple’s beta program, you must already know about the in-built feedback system that comes with a beta. Same goes for the iOS 11 public beta. So when you are faced with a problem, make sure you report it back directly to Apple via the Feedback app. All you need to do is to open the app and sign in before doing that. The company values the feedback and you can rest assured knowing that they will take yours into account before launching the final version. You can find more about the issues that are cropping up here.
Apple’s beta system is great because not only because of its ambition but because of the way it values its developers’ and users’ (of late) opinions. But don’t expect things to be perfect before the official iOS 11 release date happens. So if you are curious, you can certainly give the new iOS 11 public beta a try, or wait for the ones the company release in the future. But as we have said before, do it only if you have another iPhone or iPad lying around.