Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 11 to Developers, Removes iCloud Messages for Now
Aug 7, 2017 9:57 am PDT by Juli Clover
Apple today seeded the fifth beta of iOS 11 to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after releasing the fourth beta and two months after introducing the new update at the Worldwide Developers Conference.

Registered developers can download the fifth 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, in the fifth beta, iCloud Messages has been removed. Apple plans to reintroduce it in a future update to iOS 11. Today's beta fixes AirPlay, and tapping the AirPlay button in videos that are not full screen will no longer crash some apps. There's also a fix for a Calendar bug that could cause crashes when dragging items into the Calendar app, and FaceTime Live Photos is now an option that's enabled by default.

Favorites that were added to the Health app in iOS 11 beta 4 or earlier are no longer available, with Apple having restored Favorites that were selected prior to iOS 11.

iOS 11 introduces significant design changes, including a customizable Control Center and a new Lock screen that's been merged with the Notification Center. Peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments are coming in the Messages app, which is also gaining a new App Drawer, and there's a Do Not Disturb While Driving feature that's meant to help drivers stay focused on the road. Siri, Photos, the Camera app, and more are also gaining new features and refinements.


ARKit for developers will bring a range of new augmented reality apps and games to iOS devices, while a Core ML SDK has the potential to let developers build smarter apps. iOS 11 is also the biggest update 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 a system-wide drag and drop feature.


iOS 11 is available for both registered developers and public beta testers and will see another month of testing ahead of a prospective September release date alongside new iPhones.

For complete details on all of the new features included in iOS 11, make sure to check out our extensive iOS 11 roundup.

Related Roundup: iOS 11

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13 months ago
I really really really think that you should know that I'm downloading it.
Rating: 28 Votes
13 months ago
What’s build number?
Is Safari snappier?
What’s battery life?
Where’s the public beta?
Have they changed photos app icon?
Is Dark Mode there yet?
Why won’t my 32-bit apps work?
Got a link to release notes?


Asking the pertinent questions so you don’t have to.
Rating: 26 Votes
13 months ago
Wonder if they have fixed the DONE button when you have taken a screenshot on the 7p
Rating: 9 Votes
13 months ago
Yay! Now release PB same day. COME ON APPLE. You can do this!
Rating: 6 Votes
13 months ago

What’s build number?
Is Safari snappier?
What’s battery life?
Where’s the public beta?
Have they changed photos app icon?
Is Dark Mode there yet?
Why won’t my 32-bit apps work?
Got a link to release notes?


Asking the pertinent questions so you don’t have to.

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No.
Give me a week to figure it out.
Wait for at least tomorrow.
No.
No.
Because progress.
https://download.developer.apple.com/Documentation/Beta_Release_Notes_Aug_7_2017/iOS_11_beta_5_Release_Notes.pdf

Answering the pertinent questions so you don't have to.
Rating: 4 Votes
13 months ago
this is new during setup from clean install (taken by macbook camera with screen protector on phone)
Rating: 3 Votes
13 months ago

What’s build number?
Is Safari snappier?
What’s battery life?
Where’s the public beta?
Have they changed photos app icon?
Is Dark Mode there yet?
Why won’t my 32-bit apps work?
Got a link to release notes?


Asking the pertinent questions so you don’t have to.

Because, yes, yes, no, yes, no, incoming, no. (Answers not necessarily in that order)
Rating: 3 Votes
13 months ago
Maybe this one I'll upgrade to. 4 didn't do it for me. Battery sucked more than a hooker.
Rating: 3 Votes
13 months ago
As someone who uses BT audio all day switching between my iMac at work, iPhone, and iPad Pro at home—I'm really glad they took my suggestion of making it faster to switch audio sources in Control Center. In this new update, it looks like there's a little icon on the corner of the now playing panel that you can tap to change audio sources.
Rating: 3 Votes
13 months ago
Am I the only one who doesn't understand why brightness and volume controls are vertical? When I want to turn either quickly I end up moving with control center instead. Why on earth are they not laid out horizontally?

Also, why can't we have night shift toggle in control center? Sometimes I want to see accurate colors and need to go deep into settings to turn it off and after a while turn it back on.

FYI: I've suggested both of these already.
Rating: 2 Votes

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