When it comes to pushing out pre-release versions of firmware and getting those platforms ready for their eventual release on a specific date, Apple has the process down to almost military accuracy. The latest version of iOS – iOS 11 which is currently being served to developers and public testers – is a testament to that, with the Cupertino-based company looking right on track to deliver a streamlined efficient platform in time for iPhone 8 release.
One of the interesting and impressive things about the latest iOS 11 beta (developer beta 7 and public beta 6) release is that it now seems to offer a battery performance which looks to be on par with how the latest versions of iOS 10.3.x perform, at least that is how it seems like devices we have iOS 11 betas installed on.
That means that Apple has made significant tweaks under-the-hood and continual improvements over the last six to seven betas to serve up a platform which is pretty much good enough to install and use on a day-to-day basis on your primary device. Battery life and performance is a major indicator of how close a platform is to being public ready, but it isn’t always the only consideration. If there is one thing that’s for sure, it’s that Apple has placed a lot of engineering resources into making efficiencies in iOS 11 where power management and consumption is concerned. That is evident from the accompanying imagery which shows just how the battery performs in developer beta 7.
With that said, there are plenty of other areas of the platform to consider, and while my own personal experience suggests that the battery life has been dramatically improved in the latest betas, other areas are yet to be fully refined in order to make iOS 11 the final quality version that can be released to general public.
iPhone 6s battery performance on iOS 11 developer beta 7
As an example, certain third-party apps which use location services, such as Tinder or Snapchat, cause my personal iPhone to dramatically heat up and hang the device. This also happens with certain system apps like Messages. Out of all of the betas, this latest one has put me in the position of having to force reboot the device the most. But then there are other areas which were previously causing concern which has now been rectified and function smoothly.
All-in-all, when you take the whole platform into consideration, you really get the feeling that iOS 11 is nearing the point where it will be ready to be released to the general public for all compatible 64-bit devices.