iOS 11 has just been unveiled by Apple and it includes several new and improved features such as improved file storage which will save you a heap of storage space and peer to peer payment option so you can send money to other iPhone users. There is even a one-handed keyboard!
For iPad users, there is a new dock feature from which you can add your favourite apps plus multitasking improvements such as drag-and-drop and instant access to services such as Dropbox.
The official release date has not been announcement but popular opinion seems to suggest that it will be available for download in September. However, if you want it before everyone else, you can sign up for Apple’s beta program and download iOS 11 right now.
The test software allows Apple to monitor the performance of their new software, giving them the opportunity to iron out glitches before it goes on mass release.
So, how do you sign up for the beta test?
Firstly, you need ensure that your device is compatible with iOS 11.
For iPhone users you’ll need an iPhone 5S or more recent. All full list of other compatible devices can be found on the Apple website.
If you are compatible you need to visit the Apple Beta Program website and enrol in the program.
Once you have signed up, you will receive an alert telling you when iOS 11 is available for download.
Click ‘Sign Up’ to get the process underway, create a backup of your device on iTunes using a computer that already has it installed, and away you go!
If you are a member of the Beta Software Program, you will be able download the latest beta that is available to the public and any subsequent updates.
Simply navigate to Settings > General > Software Update to find out whether a new iOS beta is available to download.
Apple reminds all those that download the public beta that it will probably contain errors and inaccuracies, after all, you are testing the product for the company prior to its commercial release.