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iOS 11 Beta 2 Changes: Control Center Tweaks, Experimental Safari Settings, Do Not Disturb While Driving and More

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Apple this afternoon seeded the second beta of iOS 11 to developers, with the update coming as something of a surprise because betas normally come on Monday or Tuesday mornings.

iOS 11 beta 2 introduces a very long list of bug fixes to address issues that were discovered in the first beta of iOS 11, and registered developers should read over the extensive release notes to get an idea of what's been fixed.

The update also introduces many new bugs and highlights many known issues, such as an unexpected pop when restarting an iPhone 7/7 Plus or an SOS notification that goes out even when an alert is cancelled, so this is still not a stable beta and it should only be installed on secondary devices.

Along with fixing bugs and introducing new ones, there are some small feature tweaks and changes that are included in iOS 11, which we've outlined in the video below.


- Dock - Show Recents - There's a new option under General --> Multitasking that allows you to change the Dock settings on the iPad to disable the "Show Recents" option that displays your most recently used apps on the dock. With this disabled, only apps that you have added to the dock will show up.

- Do Not Disturb While Driving - There are now new Do Not Disturb While Driving options available in the Settings app and Do Not Disturb While Driving is enabled in this beta.

- Dictation - Support for Hindi Dictation has been added in beta 2 according to Apple's beta release notes.

- Control Center - There's a new option to disable Control Center within apps, preventing it from coming up when you swipe upwards. This option leaves Control center accessible from the Home screen. Bluetooth in Control Center works like the Wi-Fi option, disconnecting from whatever's connected rather than toggling it off.

- Safari - In the Settings app in the Safari section under Advanced, there's a new option to turn on experimental features like Constant Properties, CSS Spring Animations, WebGPU, Web Animations, and more.

- Files app - There's a new "Save to Files" Share Sheet option for saving photos, documents, and other files to the Files app. When using "Save to Files" a menu pops up that allows you to choose a location. Save to Files replaces Add to iCloud Drive.

Legacy document providers like OneDrive, Box, PDF Expert, and other apps are also now showing up as Locations in the Files app, but aren't using the new iOS 11 file extensions yet.

- Lock Screen - There's 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.

iOS 11 is currently only available to developers, but Apple has said it will make a version of the update available to public beta testers at the end of June, which is next week. We're expecting several more betas, and will likely see additional feature tweaks and changes ahead of the software's public release in the fall.

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tkukoc

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Beta 2 is far worse than beta 1, went back to ios 10 on my main phone. Testing my apps in iOS 11 b2 on 2 iPads and another phone currently.
 
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jeremiah256

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Beta 2 is far worse than beta 1, went back to ios 10 on my main phone. Testing my apps in iOS 11 b2 on 2 iPads and another phone currently.
Wow. Surprised to hear this. I assumed the early release of Beta 2 meant they were running ahead of schedule and were encountering no big issues.
 
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nfl46

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Beta 2 is far worse than beta 1, went back to ios 10 on my main phone. Testing my apps in iOS 11 b2 on 2 iPads and another phone currently.
No way this is true for me! Beta 1 was nearly unusable for me. Beta 2 is significantly better than Beta 1 in terms of performance.

If anyone is on the fence, go for it right now. I could definitely see this Beta 2 has PB1 tomorrow.
 
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tjleonard

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What device is it worse on? Beta 1 was great on my 9.7 iPad Pro. I want to install beta 2 on my 10.5 iPad Pro.
 
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I've only played around with iOS 11 Beta 2 for a few minutes on my 9.7" iPad Pro, but upon first impressions, UI performance seems to be much snappier.
 
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fyun89

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I want the new control center to resize depending on how many features I put there.

There is no point in making it always filling the whole screen when I only put few things on it.

I also agree on wanting back the forcetouch multitasking
 
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thekeyring

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Beta 2 is far worse than beta 1, went back to ios 10 on my main phone. Testing my apps in iOS 11 b2 on 2 iPads and another phone currently.

I hear over and over again from various developers and bloggers "don't install an iOS beta on your main iPhone"!
 
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FelixDerKater

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It's a good improvement thus far. Beta 1 would hang when anything updated in the background from the App Store and at times completely lock up for several minutes at a time.
 
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macduke

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They need to allow more apps to be added to the dock if that recent apps toggle is turned off. I was sadly disappointed when I just tested it. What’s the point of disabling that if you can’t add three more apps permanently? It’s great that we have more dock apps now, but man I could really use one or two more slots!
 
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Anyone else experiencing an issue when you go into settings and try to erase all content? It doesn't allow me to proceed. It seems like it doesn't register the press, just flashes. Resetting network settings works though,
 
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graywolf323

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Beta 2 is far worse than beta 1, went back to ios 10 on my main phone. Testing my apps in iOS 11 b2 on 2 iPads and another phone currently.

working a lot better for me, some of my biggest complaints were fixed (the track time not updating in now playing on CarPlay if the iPhone's display is off and turn by turn directions not showing up)
 
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MaSx

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The only thing that has changed over the years is the wallpaper every year lol. Absolutely no design innovation. Same old same old, Apple is slacking!


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fishmd

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I still cant get multitasking to open up on my iPad Pro 12.9. I have it on in the settings, but no go whenever I swipe. Kinda a bummer as this is supposed to be a new main feature.
 
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