Try out the iOS 11 public beta

Take the new Con­trol Cen­ter, bet­ter iPad mul­ti­task­ing, and more for a spin

Mac|Life - - CREATE - Alan Stone­bridge


iPhone 5s, SE, 6, 6s, or 7, iPad mini 2 or later, iPad Air or later, iPad Pro (any model), or an iPod touch (6th gen­er­a­tion)

you will learn

How to pre­pare your de­vice and data, and then in­stall the iOS 11 beta.


At least an hour

In­stalling the public beta of iOS 11 is straight­for­ward, though it’s best if you use a de­vice you don’t de­pend on from day to day – say, to check your bank ac­count and pay your bills.

You can re­store your de­vice to iOS 10 if you want – or at least you can for a short time af­ter the fi­nal public re­lease of iOS 11 drops, though Ap­ple doesn’t say ex­actly when that will be.

If you de­cide iOS 11 isn’t for you, make sure you roll back as soon as you can spare the time to do so. Note that the process takes longer to com­plete than sim­ply telling your Mac to switch from start­ing up High Sierra from one par­ti­tion to us­ing your pre­vi­ous sys­tem on an­other.

As al­ways with a big soft­ware up­date, the first thing you should do is make a backup of your de­vice. On iOS, you might al­ready be do­ing this us­ing one of two meth­ods: us­ing iOS’s iCloud Backup fea­ture, which backs up au­to­mat­i­cally when your de­vice is locked, on Wi-Fi, and con­nected to a power source; or us­ing the de­vice backup ca­pa­bil­ity of iTunes on your Mac, lo­cated on a de­vice’s sum­mary page.

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