The pace of iOS 11 beta releases is getting quicker. Today, Apple seeded the ninth beta version of its iOS 11 software to developers — just three days after seeding beta 8.
Considering how quickly iOS 11 beta 9 was released after its predecessor, it’s unlikely that the new software carries any major outward-facing changes. It’s much more likely that it squashes a number of bugs, and introduces under-the-hood improvements. On a similar note, since the update probably killed a fairly important bug, we can expect a public beta to be released soon.
iOS 11 itself is a major update to the mobile OS and carries a number of updates for various devices. It introduces a new refreshed and customizable Control Center and a new Lock screen that’s now merged with the Notification Center. The software also adds peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments via Messages and a Do Not Disturb While Driving feature. More minor updates include a handful of visual and UI tweaks and refinements to Siri, Photos, Camera and other native apps.
For the iPad, iOS 11 is perhaps the biggest update to the tablet — and it will bring a number of features that’ll make the platform function more like a personal computer. That includes a new Mac-like Dock, a dedicated Files app for managing data, a rehauled App Switcher, and vastly improved multitasking, including a system-wide drag and drop. Apple Pencil support has also gotten a boost. Lastly, iOS 11 introduces ARKit, a powerful new development toolset that’ll allow app developers to create a wide range of augmented reality applications. Notably, it’ll turn iOS into the largest AR-capable platform virtually overnight.
How to Download iOS 11 Beta 9
iOS 11 beta 9 is currently available as an over-the-air update for registered Apple developers, provided that they have the appropriate configuration profile installed on a device. Like previous releases, it’s also available from the Apple Developer portal.
We’re likely only a few weeks off from the official rollout of iOS 11. The software is expected to become available to the general public after Apple’s fall announcement event, which is currently slated for Tuesday, Sept. 12.