You can now download iOS 11 beta 8 IPSW and OTA update, as well as macOS 10.13 High Sierra beta 8, watchOS 4 beta 8 and tvOS 11 beta 8 with immediate effect. Here are the details on today’s release.
Apple has officially continued the development of its major platforms by making available the eighth developer seed of the above-mentioned platforms available.
As far as iOS 11 goes, Apple has not only done a wonderful job of adding in new features into iOS 11, but also smaller refinements and improvements which make this a must-have release for iPhone and iPad users. This eighth pre-release seed continues that development and sees, even more, fixes, patches, and improvements put in place to get iOS 11 ready for a public release. Owners of 64-bit devices can look forward to new features such as annotation and markup option available on screenshots, within Notes app, and pretty much everywhere else on iOS. Siri is also much smarter than it was before, and Apple Music has advanced social features which let you connect with other users and see their activity. Of course, there’s much more to boot, as well as all of the non-documented smaller refinements.
To download iOS 11 beta 8, you have two choices: One is to either get it via OTA update by installing configuration profile from Apple for the beta, or as an IPSW install – both of which are available to download from Apple Developer Program portal at developer.apple.com.
As mentioned earlier, not only did Apple release iOS 11 beta 8, but they also released beta 8 for other platforms, such as macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11. macOS High Sierra may not be as impressive as iOS 11 when it comes to improvements and feature additions, but owners of compatible Macs can look forward to benefitting from a new Safari experience with features like the ability to prevent videos from auto-playing on websites, as well as a dramatically improved stock Photos app with machine learning and advanced photo editing tools. Apple has also taken efficiency extremely seriously with macOS High Sierra, ensuring that first-party apps make better use of space on the Mac, as well as moving the whole file system across from HFS+ to Apple File System (APFS).
As for watchOS 4, this particular version unlocks new workouts for users, as well as introduces a number of redesigned first-party apps focusing on health and well-being. Apple has also seized the opportunity to appeal to the more playful Apple Watch users by introducing an array of new animated watch faces.
Last but not the least, when it comes to tvOS 11, this new release by Apple makes it a lot easier for developers to create rich and engaging apps thanks to the introduction of background app support and new notification features. Apple has also added in a new automatic day and evening mode which switches the UI of the OS itself dependent on when Apple TV is being used.
All of the aforementioned platforms – beta 8 of iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS4, and tvOS 11 – are available for immediate download on all compatible devices either as OTA updates or as direct installs from developer.apple.com.
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