Just ahead of the company announcing the beginning of the software’s public beta phase – starting next week, Apple this week seeded the second beta build of iOS 11 to developers.
Now available to download either directly -or over-the-air- for those already enrolled in the Apple Developer Program, the latest build of Apple’s future software upgrade is described as containing “bug fixes and improvements,” without so much as a hint as to what may have changed or been tweaked compared to Beta 1 – seeded earlier this month.
Despite this, however, those who have gotten their hands on the software have begun to detail at least some of the changes they have spotted compared to the previous build.
Among the most notable of those is a new setting for ‘Show Recents.’ Located under General > Multitasking, the new setting specifically relates to the software’s revamped ‘dock’ on iPad, and once enabled, will see iOS 11 display your most recently used apps front and centre.
“With this disabled, only apps that you have added to the dock will show up,” MacRumors notes.
Also being activated with this week’s build is ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving.’
The new feature will see those who find the temptation of using their iOS device whilst driving too strong, able to switch on the setting to ensure their iPhone displays a blank screen – even upon receiving incoming messages and alerts.
Of course, in the event of a genuine emergency, this setting can be overridden by the sender simply by including the word ‘URGENT’ somewhere in their message.
Other tidbits found in this latest build include; a new ‘Save to Files’ option in iOS 11’s share sheet – that allows for the saving of photos documents and more to Apple’s new Finder-style Files app, the ability to disable Control Center from showing when using third-party apps, a whole bunch of new experimental features for Safari when browsing such as; Constant Properties, CSS Spring Animations, WebGPU, Web Animations, alongside added Hindi support for Dictation.
“There’s [also] a new blur animation when pulling down from the top of the device to bring up the Lock Screen/Notification Center or when pulling up to access the Home screen again,” Clover adds.
iOS 11 can be downloaded from the Developer Center for those who have an active Apple Developer Program membership and the necessary provisioning profile installed on their device, with those who already have a version of iOS 11 Beta installed on their iPhone or iPad alternatively able to initiate this week’s update over-the-air, via the Settings > General > Software Update menu.
The software is expected to see its final public release alongside the introduction of the company’s new iPhones – this fall.