The trang chủ screen on táo iPad with the latest ios 11 Public Beta. Look closely at the Settings and... <+> Camera icons.

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David Phelan

Apple has just released its latest tiện ích ios 11 software to lớn public beta, just hours after developers’ beta 5 went live. This is public beta 4 – it’s one digit behind because a previous public beta combined two dev releases – and is very largely a bug fix release.Which, if you’ve signed up for the beta already, is very welcome, of course.For details of these little blighters, kiểm tra out Anthony Karcz"s latest post.

But there are some little updates worth noting along the way.

First of all, how vày you vị it?

Check out Anthony Karcz’s masterlyinstallation guide on for reliable, highly accessible instructions.

The overall process is pretty straightforward and requires you creating a beta trương mục at but read Anthony’s tài khoản for details.

Apple warns that this is not final software & as such it’s best used on a secondary device, not the iPhone you depend on every single day, for instance.

As always, it’s crucial khổng lồ make sure you have an archive backup of the contents of your phone or tablet before you start, just in case something went calamitously wrong with the beta. Anthony’s guide has instructions for this.

And as he also points out, updating can take time so make sure your battery is fully charged, or fullish.

Oh, & by the way, if you’ve updated to quả táo 11 và are now having upgrader’s remorse, don’t worry. Anthony has a great guide to save you so you can go back to game ios 10 again.

On the other hand, if you’ve signed up lớn any of the earlier betas, it’s painfully simple now: go to lớn Settings, General & Software Update.

So anyway, those changes in Public Beta 4…

First, something that’s been removed is the capability to lớn save your iMessages in Cloud, (iCloud Message syncing). No reason has been given but apple says it will come back in a future update, perhaps after the launch of quả táo 11 in the fall. Apple, presumably, is ensuring it gets the feature right.

The Control Center on iPhone in tiện ích ios 11 Public Beta 4. Cảnh báo new Music signal.

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Control Center has an improved Music panel with a signal icon fanning out. This pair of lines is animated và if you tap on it, it will show the available sources to which you can stream your music.

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Now, I don’t want khổng lồ complain, but this is exactly what is needed for the adjacent panel which features connectivity options such as Bluetooth and wi-fi.

Currently, a cảm biến 3 chiều on that panel expands it khổng lồ show Bluetooth, AirDrop, Airplane mode and so on. But touch the wi-fi icon và all you can vày is toggle wi-fi on và off.

It would be much better if a 3D-touch on the wi-fi signal fan hâm mộ led you to the available wi-fi sources to choose from them as you can audio sources. It’s a feature game android phones have had for a long time. I’m still hoping further beta updates may address this.

And that’s the point, of course – this is emphatically not final software và one of the great bonuses of testing the public beta is you can feed back what you like, or don’t like, to táo with the Feedback Assistant app.

Icons have been tweaked – these are tiny changes but if you know what lớn look for are easy ways lớn spot which beta version you’re on. The Settings ứng dụng has been adjusted with a black background behind the cogs instead of the dark grey it had before. The camera phầm mềm image has been simplified – two horizontal lines above & below the lens are gone. Both are in the image at the vị trí cao nhất of this post.

Interestingly, the Reminders icon still has the bullet point circles on the right side instead of the left, though when a reminder appears on the lock screen, the circles are back on the left.

Other changes include fewer crashes, we hope, from playing đoạn phim and FaceTime Live photos – where you can take photos while you’re in a FaceTime điện thoại tư vấn – are now on by default.

One other little feature request, please, Apple: when you swipe down from above the display bezel, the lock screen appears complete with notifications but incomplete, if you ask me, because there’s no tìm kiếm box. You have to swipe right to lớn reach that. Of course, if you’re on the home screen then swiping down from the middle of the display brings up search, but this doesn’t work from within an app.

As always with beta versions, expect battery life to lớn be iffy at times – optimising the battery is something that comes later in beta development.

The beta is available for iPhones from the 5s onwards, all máy tính bảng ipad Pro tablets, ipad Air, ipad tablet Air 2, the latest generation iPad and every ipad mini apart from the first one. It also works with the iPod cảm ứng 6th generation.

Fall is on its way, and so is the final ios 11. But this release inches us a little closer & seems low on issues – beta program members should update straight away.

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