Apple has officially released iOS 11 beta 3 to compatible iPhone and iPad users registered with the Apple Developer Program. That means developers all over the globe will be receiving update notifications on their devices, going through the process of installing beta 3, and getting to grips with all of the changes, improvements, and refinements brought by Apple’s engineers.
It also means we have an opportunity to look at the official release notes – or changelog – which accompany the release, and to get to grips with an understanding of what still needs work or what is still currently broken in the platform.
Where a new major version of iOS is concerned, things really start to get extremely interesting from here on in. The initial reveal during WWDC is always exciting. The first developer beta, and subsequent second beta a few weeks later always brings joy to those iPhones and iPads receiving the update, but it’s from the third beta on where developers and public testers can really start to see the platform taking shape as part of its journey into the hands of the public.
One of the primary reasons for the fast paced development from here is the fact that the iOS 11 beta has now been opened up to the public, which means a much bigger pool of testers dipping into the platform and feeding bugs and issues back to Apple. Those bug reports mean that Apple can then intelligently assign time and engineering resources to actually fixing the larger issues and pushing out new pre-release seeds that reflect those changes.
Part of the overall excitement – specifically for developers – is actually seeing those release notes and seeing exactly what has been fixed and what is classified under Apple’s “known issues” list, which basically means “things that are still broken in this version.”
The official “Notes and Known Issues” from Apple for developer beta 3 seed is included below for reference, but, be warned, it can actually get quite complex and be a little disheartening if you read the entire thing.
It does give us a new found admiration for companies like Apple and the processes that they go through to actually get a platform like iOS 11 up and running in time for a public launch alongside the new iPhone.
Update: Other changes include:
– Swipe up to close apps from app switcher on iPad is back.
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