Apple took to the stage at WWDC 2017 and announced a flurry of updates both software and hardware related. Not only did we get our first glimpse at iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4 and tvOS 11, but we were treated to new hardware like a refreshed Mac lineup, a new iMac Pro and a Siri-powered speaker dubbed HomePod.
Apple announced at the event that iOS 11 would be available in beta form to developers right away, with the public beta not too far behind. Indeed, it became available to the public on 26 June 2017.
Here, we show you how you can install iOS 11 right now. Before we go any further, we'd recommend backing up your iPhone or iPad in case anything goes wrong.
iOS 11 supported devices
Before we discuss the ways to install iOS 11 right now, we should first note the devices that support the update.
The iOS 11 beta is available for the following devices:
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5s
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (first and second gen)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad (2017)
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPod Touch 6th gen
The following devices are not supported on iOS 11: Original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, original iPod touch, iPod touch 2nd-gen, iPod touch 3rd-gen, iPod touch 4th-gen, iPod touch 5th-gen, original iPad. iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad 4.
Install the iOS 11 developer preview
Right now, the only way that you can get the iOS 11 developer beta is, rather obviously, if you're a registered Apple developer. This gives developers a chance to use the operating system before release later this year, and allows them to make sure that their apps run perfectly on Apple's new OS.
Sadly, you can't just pretend to be a developer to get access to the beta as you need to sign up to the iOS Developer Program, which costs £79/$99 per year.
To install the developer beta, simply sign in to the iOS Dev Center using the Apple ID you enrolled to the dev program with. Once logged in, register your iOS device's UDID number (you can find out how to find your UDID here) and download the appropriate version of iOS 11 for your iOS device.
A zip file should be downloaded - unzip it. Next, open iTunes and plug your iOS device in. Then, hold Shift (or Alt on Mac) and click the Restore button on the device's Summary tab. Browse for the .IPSW file you downloaded, and the iOS 11 beta should be installed on your device.
Install the iOS 11 public beta
The iOS 11 public beta is now available. It's suitable for consumers interested in trying out iOS 11 early, although it'll probably include bugs, glitches and other issues and isn't recommended for primary devices.
First sign up to the public beta, which will require you to input your Apple ID and agree to the terms and conditions. You can then log in to the Beta Software Program, click Enroll your iOS device and follow the onscreen instructions.
You'll have to go to beta.apple.com/profile on your iOS device to download and install a configuration profile. Once installed, head to Settings > General > Software Update and iOS 11 should be available to install.
Wait for iOS 11 to be released
Of course, if you don't want to install a beta version of iOS 11, you'll have to wait until it's released later this year. Like with previous iterations of iOS, we expect iOS 11 to be unveiled alongside the next-generation iPhone in September 2017, and to be made available days later.
To find out the latest news regarding iOS 11, take a look at this: Latest iOS 11 news