Apple Releases iOS 11 Developer Beta 2

Apple Releases iOS 11 Developer Beta 2

A week ahead of an expected public beta, Apple has released iOS 11 Developer Beta 2, adding new features like Do Not Disturb While Driving.

Apple announced iOS 11 at its WWDC 2017 conference earlier this month, and while it’s a fairly modest update on iPhones, it’s a major change for iPad Pro, with Apple adding several new productivity and multitasking features.

I installed the first developer beta on my iPhone, iPad mini, and newly-purchased iPad Pro, as I usually do, but I’ve found it a bit buggier than with previous iOS beta releases. (OK, it was a lot buggier; I’ve had to wipe out the iPad mini install twice already.)

This week, I’m traveling in Haarlem, The Netherlands, so naturally, I’m now installing Beta 2 on the iPhone and iPad Pro, because what could go wrong. In the meantime, here’s a peek at some of features and improvements Apple made in this release.

Dock improvements. As expected, Apple now lets you configure how the right side of the Dock works on iPad; you may recall that I complained it was just a dumb most-recently-used set of app icons. Now, you can turn off this area of the Dock if you want. And I do.

Do Not Disturb While Driving. One of the best new features that Apple showed off at WWDC is now available for testing. This feature will prompt you to be enabled when you connect to the Bluetooth in your car.

Control Center improvements. Now, you can disable Control Center access from within apps so that you can only swipe up from the bottom of the screen to display it from the Home screens.

Safari improvements. You can now enable experimental features like Constant Properties, CSS Spring Animations, WebGPU, Web Animations, and more in Apple’s web browser.

Save to Files. A new Save to Files quick action icon replaces the old Add to iCloud Drive option, letting you save files to the Files app from any app.

Files improvements. In addition to Save to Files, the Files app now displays third-party cloud storage provider sources like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.

Apple’s developer-focused release notes list a number of fixed bugs, too, and there are of course some known issues as well.

Apple is expected to issue the iOS public beta next week.


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  • Narg

    22 June, 2017 - 9:37 am

    <p>Thanks for the heads up on buggy-ness of these betas. Was going to wait for the consumer beta this time, but may wait until they get closer to release this time.</p>

  • SteveM

    22 June, 2017 - 10:14 am

    <p>Do not disturb while driving. <a href="; target="_blank">Paul wrote about this feature in Windows Phone 8.1 4, yes 4, years ago,</a> Apple huh.</p>

    • RonH

      Premium Member
      22 June, 2017 - 11:13 am

      <blockquote><a href="#130374"><em>In reply to SteveM:</em></a></blockquote><p>It is an awesome feature. turns on when my 950XL connects to my car. This should be a LAW!!! Every phone should have it.</p><p><br></p><p>;)</p><p><br></p>

    • MikeGalos

      22 June, 2017 - 12:20 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#130374"><em>In reply to SteveM:</em></a></blockquote><p>Now, now. Just because Microsoft has had it since 2013 doesn't mean Apple doesn't get to claim they invented it now. Nor does it mean they don't get to have it splashed by reviewers as an important new feature rather that having it listed&nbsp;with "Finally Apple catches up on this long overdue feature".</p><p>This <em>is </em>Apple we're talking about, after all.</p>

      • SvenJ

        Premium Member
        22 June, 2017 - 1:40 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#130412"><em>In reply to MikeGalos:</em></a> Could be, "Apple finally gets MSs immature tech right." Kill two headline goals with one headline. </blockquote><p><br></p>

      • nbplopes

        22 June, 2017 - 3:26 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#130412"><em>In reply to MikeGalos:</em></a></blockquote><p>Well they did not claim that invented it, did they? So are you saying that MS did? Hopefully they patented it right?</p><p>"Finally Apple catches up on this long overdue feature"</p><p>That is basically what a lot of reviewers are saying.</p><p>Did Apple invented fingerprint reader on smartphones? … Of course not! Than again Android phones or Windows Phones did not had it before Apple moved on to put it in.</p><p>See. this kind of observation its not good for anyone, not even for MS.</p>

      • Jeffsters

        24 June, 2017 - 3:33 pm

        <p><a href="#130412"><em>In reply to MikeGalos:</em></a><em> </em></p><p><em>Apple’s patent for this was filed in 2008. </em></p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

        • nbplopes

          26 June, 2017 - 8:19 pm

          <blockquote><a href="#132306"><em>In reply to Jeffsters:</em></a></blockquote><p>I may be mistaken but the patent only covers automatic activation of the "do not disturb mode" by sensing car motion. There are prior patents around "do not disturb mode" not owned by Apple. </p><p><br></p><p>Anyway, this is cool because if it senses the car has stopped, automatically changes modes without user intervention. If it works well it can be better than changing modes by Bluetooth connection, considering a log of people do not connect the phone to Blutooth. I wonder how it behaves if the passenger is carrying an iPhone.</p><p>But Mike like to see stuff at the Surface level if not way higher :)</p>

          • Jeffsters

            28 June, 2017 - 7:55 am

            <blockquote><a href="#132758"><em>In reply to nbplopes:</em></a></blockquote><p>Didn’t intend to do an exhaustive patent discussion only show Mike that Apple was putting the pieces in place for this LONG before Windows Phone. </p>

    • neteru1920

      25 June, 2017 - 3:57 am

      <blockquote><a href="#130374"><em>In reply to SteveM:</em></a></blockquote><p>And Windows Phone is where today? </p>

  • RobertJasiek

    22 June, 2017 - 10:35 am

    <p>Save to Files is an essential feature.</p>

    • MikeGalos

      22 June, 2017 - 12:15 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#130377"><em>In reply to RobertJasiek:</em></a></blockquote><p>Well, actually saving to a file in a file system including a local one would be…</p>

      • jimchamplin

        Premium Member
        22 June, 2017 - 2:18 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#130406"><em>In reply to MikeGalos:</em></a></blockquote><p>Yep. That’s what it can do. </p>

        • MikeGalos

          23 June, 2017 - 7:06 am

          <blockquote><a href="#130572"><em>In reply to jimchamplin:</em></a></blockquote><p>Eventually it'll have some limited local access. But not yet and not full.</p>

  • fishnet37222

    Premium Member
    22 June, 2017 - 10:37 am

    <p>I had to revert my iPad mini 4 and my iPhone 6s back to the previous OS after trying out the first developer beta. Once of the most annoying bugs was the lack of an on-screen volume indicator when changing the volume using the buttons on the side of the device. Another show-stopper was the inability of my car stereo head unit to navigate the music on my iPhone after plugging the device in.</p>

  • RickEveleigh

    Premium Member
    22 June, 2017 - 10:41 am

    <p>'B<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent;">ecause what could go wrong' — class! And exactly why I run Windows and Office Insider Preview Fast on my only laptop and only phone!</span></p>

  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    22 June, 2017 - 2:17 pm

    <p>Updated last night. My iPad mini 2 doesn’t recognize the Apple Lightning cord that came with it as a supported accessory. ELL OH ELL</p><p>I can’t charge it!</p>

    • Waethorn

      22 June, 2017 - 3:07 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#130569"><em>In reply to jimchamplin:</em></a></blockquote><p>Don't worry about that. Apple turned off charging for that model when it became obsolete. Enjoy!</p>

  • rbgaynor

    22 June, 2017 - 5:08 pm

    <p>"the Files app now displays third-party cloud storage provider sources like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive."</p><p><br></p><p>Not seeing support for Dropbox in Files yet (although interestingly other third party apps like File Browser and Transmit are showing up).</p>

  • Angusmatheson

    22 June, 2017 - 11:51 pm

    <p>Stable operating systems are for systems is for sissies. Live on the edge! I'm sure James Bond always installed betas.</p>


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