Apple has rolled out the fifth beta version of iOS 11, the successor to iOS 10, with a few bug fixes and refinements.

iOS 11 is the next generation of iOS, which will soon be spotted in upcoming iPhones. The version is almost like a new software interface, as it brings significant design changes.  A lot of built-in apps have been refined with darker lines and bolder fonts. Apps like Phone and Calculator have got a new design, with darker fonts, while others like Reminders and Calendar remains the same.

The Control Center is now customizable. In iOS 10, Apple had split the control centre into multiple windows whereas in iOS 11, it is consolidated and there are options to include a wider range of settings; and it is also expanded to include 3D Touch access. Now, there is quite a bit you can do without accessing the Settings app. And the Lock Screen is merged with the Notifications Center. Swiping down on the screen accesses notifications and opens the Lock Screen, and there is no separate Notifications Center.

Needless to say, Siri has been evolving with every version to give a more personal touch. With iOS 11, Siri has been updated with more realistic male and female voices with better pronunciation and a more expressive tones. With the new version, files are well organized with the ‘Files” app that is designed to mimic the Finder app on the Mac, and you can now access multiple file locations. Files is extremely useful on iPads, which brings us to the productivity aspects of iOS 11.

iPad will be getting significant and much-needed updates with the new version of iOS – the Dock on the iPad is now something similar to the Dock on the Mac. In earlier beta iterations of iOS 11, the Dock was only accessible from the Home screen, but now it’s persistent and can be pulled up in any app. Other updates like Drag and Drop option and Instant Markup app allows essentially anything on the iPad to be manipulated and annotated using an Apple Pencil.

In iOS 11, a new App Drawer located below the text entry in Messages makes it easier to access apps and stickers.

iOS 11 beta 5 is available for both registered developers and public beta testers. If you are a part of the public beta program and if you are ok to live with few bugs and crashes, you can download it to enjoy the latest beta version.

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