iOS 11 Public Beta: Is it Worth the Risk?

Earlier this week. Apple opened access for its public beta of iOS 11, the next major update to its mobile OS for iPhone and iPad. iOS 11 introduces a variety of new features that can be found quite useful, particularly for users who own the iPad Pro — one of them being drastically improved Apple Pencil support. But is going the public beta route worth it?

Like with any type of beta software, it's important to go in with low expectations. Beta software is exactly that — it's unfinished and cannot be relied on for stability. While the iOS 11 public beta is more reliable than most have probably expected, it's still not on the level where I can recommend with confidence that you use it on your primary device.

Having used iOS 11 on my iPad Pro for the past few days, I have to say I'm impressed with what's new. The introduction of a Mac-like dock is one of my favorite additions, and the reimagined app switch viewer is simply awesome.

Despite the iPad Pro still not supporting 3D Touch, it's nice to see iOS 11 offering contextual options when long pressing wherever appropriate. This is especially apparent in the redesigned Control Center, allowing users to fine tune the intensity of the built-in flashlight, instantly set timers, and more.



Not everything is perfect, however. Most of the bugs I have experienced relate to the new dock. For a while, it simply would not appear when swiping up from the bottom of the display. This made switching apps a little frustrating, but of course, I'm going to be forgiving. After all, this is a beta. Oddities are to be expected.

Thankfully, I have not come across any bugs that affect my actual app usage. I am still able to go about my business without any form of instability getting in the way.

The iOS 11 public beta can be downloaded here. Follow the onscreen instructions using the device you would like to update and Apple will walk you through the process. And just to reiterate one more time, I do not recommend doing this on your primary device. You are not likely to experience anything too significant that will slow you down, but why take the risk?

Use a secondary device. You'll be glad you did.