Sunday, June 11, 2017

iOS 11 Beta Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Pre-release software is almost always riddled with bugs and performance problems so it’s not surprising to see a growing list of complaints about iOS 11 beta problems.

The iOS 11 release date is confirmed for the fall but iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners can try the software early via Apple’s iOS 11 beta.

The iOS 11 beta and its list of new features are tempting but most iPhone and iPad users should avoid the iOS 11 beta for the moment.

Apple’s iOS 11 beta is plagued with problems. Some of these issues are tiny bugs, others could disrupt your workflow or your day-to-day use.

Our guide to iOS 11 beta problems takes a look at the current state of the issues, offers some potential fixes for the most common iOS 11 beta issues, and provides some resources that could come in handy if you start to see trouble with your version of the iOS 11 beta. It also looks at what’s next for those of you using the iOS 11 beta.

iOS 11 Beta Problems

The iOS 11 beta 1 isn’t perfect, far from it.

Before you download it on your device, note that iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users are complaining about a wide variety of issues with the first beta.

The running list features installation problems which include a frustrating Unable to Verify Update error, severe battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, busted Bluetooth, UI lag, freezes, problems with auto-brightness, various issues with widgets and notifications, and random reboots.

iOS 11 beta users are also complaining about app crashes and compatibility issues. The Photos app, a core application for most iPhone, has crashed numerous times during our brief time with the iOS 11 beta. Other troublemakers include the new Podcasts app, Chrome, Twitter, and Spotify.

As we push away from the update’s release, Apple’s discussion forums, Reddit, Twitter, and third-party forums are starting to fill up with complaints about the iOS 11 beta.

We expect the list of problems to grow as more people find and install Apple’s beta software. The beta is currently limited to developers but it’ll open up to the general public before the end of June.

It’s difficult to predict what kind of issues you’ll see on your phone or tablet once you download the beta so you’ll want to be extremely careful, especially if this will be your first time trying pre-release software.

To assist you, we’ve put together a pre-installation guide and an installation guide.

Where to Find Feedback

As the beta progresses you’ll want to keep tabs on the beta’s performance. If you’re on the beta or if you’re thinking about installing it, you’ll want to dig into feedback from fellow beta testers.

Digging into iOS 11 beta feedback will alert you to potential benefits of the beta. It’ll also provide you with information about the problems plaguing your device.

New software has a tendency to cause problems on older devices so if you own an older model like the iPhone 5s, you’d be wise to wade through iOS 11 feedback before jumping from official software to the beta.

To help get you started, we’ve put together some reasons to and not to install the iOS 11 beta update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

We’ve also put together our first impressions of the iOS 11 beta on the iPhone 6s. Needless to say, it’s far from perfect.

You’ll also want to keep eye on YouTube, Apple’s discussion forums, social media sites like Twitter/Facebook, and the MacRumors forums for additional feedback about the current version of the iOS 11 beta.

How to Fix iOS 11 Beta Problems

While some iOS 11 beta problems might require an app update or a downgrade, others can be fixed manually from the comfort of your couch or computer chair.

We’ve put together a list of the most common iOS 11 beta problems and fixes for those issues. It’s a good place to start if you notice battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, or problems with Bluetooth.

If you’re dealing with performance issues (lag, lockups, etc) take a look at our list of tips to improve the iOS 11 beta’s performance on your device.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for in our guides, you should go to Apple’s discussion forums for help.

You Can Downgrade from iOS 11 Beta

If you can no longer tolerate the iOS 11 beta problems plaguing your phone or tablet, you might think about making the downgrade to an official version of iOS.

Apple is currently signing off on two iOS updates, iOS 10.3.1 and iOS 10.3.2, which means you can downgrade to either one of those if iOS 11 beta is too buggy.

If you’re interested in downgrading from the iOS 11 beta, take a look at our walkthrough. It’ll hold your hand through the entire process.

What’s Next

Problems will plague the iOS 11 update throughout the beta process but you can expect Apple to fix some bugs in future beta releases.

Apple typically releases new beta software every two weeks, usually on Monday’s around 10AM Pacific. New betas should come with bug fixes but they’ll also come with their own collection of bugs and issues.

That said, we expect future iOS 11 beta’s to be more stable than the initial offerings so if you’re at all concerned about issues, it might be a good idea to wait.

Again, Apple plans to release a public beta in a few weeks and in our experience, public betas have been more stable than developer versions of pre-release software.

Apple’s next iOS 10 update will be iOS 10.3.3. The next iOS 11 beta release will be beta 2.

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