Beta 6 daily driver

JerTheGeek

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Is beta 6 to that point yet (in your experience)? I'm thinking of going for it on my 7 Plus. Are there any deal breakers or is it pretty close to the final release?
 

Luiggi7

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I am using pb5 since yesterday. And pb4 was daily driver for me. Of course it still had some bugs. I assume that pb5 is more or less beta 6. And since yesterday it has no detected bugs for me. What I detected on pb4 are solved on pb5.
 

GreyOS

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Is beta 6 to that point yet (in your experience)? I'm thinking of going for it on my 7 Plus. Are there any deal breakers or is it pretty close to the final release?
no deal breakers for me but you need to be aware of the speak screen/selection workaround to the CC long press bug.
it's been the smoothest public beta for me on iPhone 6
 

TheChemist

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The amount of bugs a person will tolerate in a daily driver greatly varies from one user to another. Personally, I would recommend you hold off until the official release / GM.

However, if you are so inclined to generously offer feedback to better the GM, then please, install away!
 

Spankey

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Definitely still some issues but no show stoppers for me. It runs very smooth. Issues so far is that Carplay is a bit laggy and some issues with other apps. Maps are also a bit slow to load. Siri has crashed a few times as well.

I did notice this morning that Shuffling songs from my watch causes a few skips until a song is settled upon.
 

iTom17

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To be honest, I felt like the first beta was suitable enough as a daily driver. But maybe that's because of my experience with previous betas. I've been doing this since the iOS 5 beta, and never had any major issues. Although, beta 1 of iOS 9 was a complete disaster in terms of battery life, but it was fixed with the second beta. Overall, it has never been an issue. And iOS 11 is no exception.

It was a bit more buggy compared to iOS 10 in the beginning, but the cool thing about being part of the beta process is that you get to experience everything getting faster, smoother and better. Noticing the same with iOS 11. First beta wasn't too bad at all, but compared to beta 6? Boy, we've come a long way, haven't we? :p

Anyway. My answer would be simple: I believe iOS 11 beta 6 is definitely stable enough to be used as a daily driver. Still, you might want to be cautious with all this, and try it out on any other iOS device that you aren't using as your primary device. If you have one, of course.
 

TitanTiger

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I don't think it's necessary to get all crabby about people asking this question. We all realize some people will tolerate more bugginess than others. We all know beta software isn't perfect. It's just a question to see what the general consensus is on the user experience at this point. We can make our own decisions based on the feedback. If enough people feel like the bugs are minor and it's reasonably stable for a beta, I might be inclined to go for it. If I hear multiple people saying a certain class of apps isn't working right, that apps are crashing, I'll likely hold off.

It's just difficult sometimes to wade through tons of posts about all sorts of things right after a beta release happens. So a thread like this is a nice summary.
 

dictoresno

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i ran beta 4 as a daily driver for a few days before beta 5 dropped. heavier battery drains in both when compared to 10.3.3, but otherwise useable for daily use. some minor bugs, but nothing impacted me on a daily basis other that the app switcher bug in beta 5 and the battery drain. beta 6 fixed the app switcher issue and so far the battery life is much better. so far I'm pleased with the DD beta 6.
 

iainmann

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Yes, beta 6 is good enough to use on your main phone. I'm relying on it and haven't been let down. Much. Mail app froze but closing it and letting it repopulate took a couple of minutes (reported to Apple as a bug). Battery life, especially on standby, was a problem for me in earlier betas but seems OK now.
 

SumYoungGai

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I'm actually surprised at how stable beta 6 has become. There's occasional UI hiccups like truncated widgets & a slight delay when opening apps, but besides that there have been 0 issues (surprisingly) at all. It feels like 10.3.3 with a little worse battery life and lacking a little optimization.
 

eyeseeyou

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Made the jump to the latest public beta.

So far so good. No show stoppers or apps not functioning as expected.

Animations could be a little smoother and no 3D Touch multi tasking?
 

JerTheGeek

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Made the jump to the latest public beta.

So far so good. No show stoppers or apps not functioning as expected.

Animations could be a little smoother and no 3D Touch multi tasking?
Same here, working very well. Animations seem to be pretty smooth here on a 7+. They have removed 3D Touch Multitasking intentionally. Idk why, I really liked that feature. Everything working well so far.
 

eyeseeyou

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Same here, working very well. Animations seem to be pretty smooth here on a 7+. They have removed 3D Touch Multitasking intentionally. Idk why, I really liked that feature. Everything working well so far.
I hope it’s not because they’re adding a dedicated virtual button for multi tasking as an iPhone 8 specific feature.
 
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simonmet

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Probably the first beta that’s good enough. UI smoothness and animations are improved as is battery life (7+).

Still missing is the pull-down notification centre when using reachability.
 

zenapple

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Grow a pair. Download that beta. I’ve been running beta 1 on my main device since the beginning.

Such whiners.
 
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