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macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jan 15, 2008
Hey guys so with the improvements over beta 1 what do you think about this being a daily driver?


macrumors 68000
Sep 17, 2008
None of the betas other than the GM are suitable for daily drivers. There are always stability issues. I'm running it on my ipad pro because I can live with the issues, but it's not going near my phone.

Beta 2 also has some rollback issues so it's especially not suitable.


macrumors 65816
Mar 25, 2009
I would wait another beta or two, honestly. The main issue imo is the homescreen / 3D touch lag, along with a few other quirks.

Hackintosh Sr.

macrumors regular
Dec 11, 2008
Beta 1 no. Beta 2...ehh mine seems fine. I did a restore as a new phone though when I was on beta 1. I usually get issues when I just "update" from a major release to another. Maybe that is why people are having so many issues?


macrumors 6502
Nov 3, 2012
Honestly, I'm impressed with beta 2.. def one of the better beta 2's. That being said, unless you're fine with the occasional crash, lag, and other bugs here and there.. I'd wait till at least beta 3.


macrumors G5
Nov 20, 2008
Ventura County
I am not impressed with Beta 2 at all. Beta 1 was much more stable for my Air 2. I didn't have a single springboard crash with Beta 1, have had 3 in 2 days with Beta 2.


macrumors G3
Jun 21, 2013
Can it be used as a daily driver? It depends. For some (like me), there have been only a few minor issues. Others have had fairly significant issues. You will not find out until you actually install it, which might be too late.

So, as the saying goes, if you have to ask...then "no.".


macrumors 65816
Sep 17, 2014
there's always going to be quirks on beta software, if you can deal with them and know how to troubleshoot stuff i say go for it, but as someone already mentioned, if you have to ask then you should already know the answer is No


macrumors 6502a
Feb 5, 2008
I am not impressed with Beta 2 at all. Beta 1 was much more stable for my Air 2. I didn't have a single springboard crash with Beta 1, have had 3 in 2 days with Beta 2.

I’ve had the exact opposite results on my 10.5. I don’t think I’ve had a single springboard crash on beta 2. I had numerous crashes every day on beta 1. Beta 2 seems to be more stable overall on my 6S and watch. I would tend to agree with the others that unless you’re prepared for some frustrating moments stay away from the first few betas.


macrumors regular
Nov 16, 2014
I went ahead and installed yesterday to try it out. The beta had some quirks but nothing that I consider a show stopper. I went back to iOS 10 after a few hours though because some of my apps I use daily aren't working with iOS 11 yet. Namely Plex and some other video apps.


macrumors 604
Apr 10, 2008
There were a few quirks and glitches in beta 1 that have been addressed in beta 2... at least for me. The only thing that remains an issue is battery drain, my battery is draining pretty quickly. I can live with it since I have a charger at work during the week, and one in the car when I’m running around on weekends.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 18, 2004
This is at least a five fold improvement over Beta 1 on my 6S. Beta 1 wasn't even at an Alpha level as far as I am concerned. Worst in a long time from Apple. Still some bugs and quirks but even some basic functions weren't behaving in Beta 1.


macrumors 6502a
Nov 21, 2010
Beta 1 wasn't really usable, Beta 2 is acceptable. There are crashes but you don't get the feeling of your device falling apart every second.


macrumors 65816
Feb 24, 2011
I have 11 on my secondary phone (iPhone SE) and its been pretty stable but the battery hit is terrible.

The main thing that makes me eager to upgrade to 11 is the HEIF photo format and the ability to Beta Test WatchOS4 (I want that Siri face). Outside of that then there isn’t much in 11 that I feel is a big deal. I’d even say iOS11 is disappointing on iPhone.

Now iPad is another story. iOS11 really makes a difference and, while much of the implementation is absolutely wrong, I can do so much more on the iPad than I used to. So that’s progress (And under Tim Cooks Apple then even the tiniest step forward feels like a gigantic leap.)
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macrumors 65816
Oct 26, 2008
Personally I’m ok with the stability of beta 2. The battery life, however, seems to be dreadful on my 6S.


macrumors 68000
Sep 17, 2008
thats wrong and u know it

No, it's not. The GMS [Edit: Betas] aren't supported by Apple Genius Bars. With the betas, there is always the chance of a crippling bug that renders the device unusable. Or you can get app crashes that the developer can't fix because the fix requires an Xcode 9 SDK. This beta has people unable to roll back via a DFU update. If you need to bring your iOS device in for service, even if it is a hardware problem, Apple can, and sometimes does, refuse service if you are running the beta.

Here's my beta strategy: I have it running on my 12.9" iPad because while I do a lot of Real Work(tm) on it, I can put up with the crashes and issues. If something key breaks, I can use my Mac or my iPhone. My iPhone I'm not updating until the GM comes out. My Mac I'm not running any of the High Sierra betas on.

If you truly want to run iOS 11 on your primary device, my honest recommendation is to wait until the second public beta.
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