Apple today seeded the second beta of iOS 11 to developers for testing purposes, a little over two weeks after releasing the first beta
following the operating system's debut at the Worldwide Developers Conference.
Registered developers can download the iOS 11 beta from Apple's Developer Center, or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed.
According to Apple's release notes, iOS 11 beta 2 includes a long list of bug fixes for both first and third-party apps. The Bluetooth button in Control Center, now works, for example, and there are new options for Do Not Disturb While Driving. 3D Touch with data detectors (phone numbers, addresses, and so on) is now working properly, Phone will no longer crash when deleting a voicemail, and apps over 100MB will no longer download over a cellular connection.
The release notes also outline several new known issues, such as an unexpected pop or sound when restarting an iPhone 7, or an SOS notification that goes out even if the SOS alert is cancelled. Developers downloading the beta should carefully read the notes and make sure to install it on secondary devices only.
iOS 11 is Apple's biggest software release ever for the iPad, with a new Dock that introduces much improved multitasking, a Files app for better managing files, improved Apple Pencil support, a revamped App Switcher, and system-wide drag and drop.
The update also includes many features for both the iPhone and the iPad, including a redesigned and customizable Control Center, and a new Lock screen that's merged with the Notification Center.
Peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments are being introduced in the Messages app, which is also gaining a new App Drawer, and there's a new Do Not Disturb feature that is designed to help drivers stay focused on the road. Siri, Photos, the Camera app, and more are also gaining significant improvements in iOS 11.
ARKit for developers will result in a wide range of new augmented reality apps, while a Core ML SDK will allow apps to become a whole lot smarter.
The iOS 11 beta is only available for registered developers at this time. As it has done in the past, Apple will provide a public beta for public beta testers in late June and the software will see an official release in the fall alongside new iPhones.
For full details on all of the new features included in iOS 11, make sure to check out our extensive iOS 11 roundup