Three Things To Watch Out For When Testing The iOS 11 Beta
So you decided to take the plunge and have iOS 11 humming along on your main phone. You’re a brave soul. Or maybe just foolhardy. Or possibly a little of both. Regardless, there are a few things that everyone has to take into consideration when testing the latest beta build of iOS.
1. Your Battery Will Die
My iPhone 7 Plus won’t make it through the entire day on iOS 11 with regular usage (which, in my case, means lots of social media, some videos, and a fair amount of mobile gaming). This is to be expected. The early beta builds are notorious for being suboptimal when it comes to battery usage. Later builds will focus on optimizing battery life; but for now, have a battery pack handy at all times.
2. Your Apps Won’t Work
I mentioned it in my “How To Install…” article; but it bears mentioning again. Not all your apps will work. Or if they do all work, at least some of them will perform poorly. The iOS Beta, while Public, is really available so that developers can get early access and start optimizing their apps so that they’ll play nice with the new OS when it launches later this year. Until your favorite apps update, they’re likely to be buggy.
3. You Are a Tester
Most importantly, Apple wants to hear your feedback on the stability and reliability of iOS 11. Along with the beta build of iOS, a new app has been installed onto your phone, the Feedback app. One of the first things you should do is open the Feedback app and sign in, then get used to the interface. Then, when things crash, enter your bug report and send it off to Apple. You won’t get a response to your ticket (unless you find something exceedingly rare that the developers need clarification on); but you do get the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve helped make everyone else’s iOS devices a little more stable. A note, this is less for bug reports on third-party apps and more for issues with iOS 11 itself.