Apple had already released its iOS 11 beta to developers after unveiling the operating system at WWDC earlier this month, but now even non-developers can take the upcoming update for a spin: the iOS 11 beta has officially been released to the public. Offering users a look at what they can expect from the final release later this year, the beta brings a bevy of new features to both the iPhone and iPad and, most notably, makes Siri more useful than ever while transforming Apple’s tablet into a more feasible laptop alternative.
Check out some of iOS 11′s new features below and head on over to beta.apple.com to try it out for yourself.
iOS 11 will officially launch as a free software update sometime this fall.
App Store is redesigned to make discovering apps and games easier than ever before. Through in-depth features and interviews, App Store editors will uncover the stories behind iOS developers, and the incredible apps and games they create.
App Store for iMessage has a redesigned app drawer for more convenient access to apps and stickers, so it’s easier to decorate messages, share a song and more.
Control Center offers more customization, enabling quick access to frequently used controls all on one page, and a new Lock Screen delivers a more convenient way to see Notifications all in one place.
Apple Maps adds indoor maps for major airports and shopping centers around the world and lane guidance to avoid missing a turn or exit.
Home supports more categories of accessories including AirPlay 2 speakers and more ways to automate your home with new triggers.
AirPlay 2 offers multi-room audio enabling users to easily control speakers using Control Center, the Home app or Siri.
Apple Music offers more ways to discover music with friends. Subscribers can create a profile so their friends can follow them, listen to playlists they’ve shared and see the music they listen to most.
Apple News is even better at keeping readers informed and entertained with personalized top stories and suggestions from Siri, great stories curated daily by Apple News editors in the new Spotlight tab and the best videos of the day in Today View.
One-handed keyboard mode on iPhone makes typing on the go even easier and a new QuickType keyboard on iPad delivers quick access to numbers, symbols and punctuation.