Apple has released iOS 11 developer beta 3 for developers on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 11 brings new features like drag-and-drop and a redesigned multitasking interface for iPad, a new customizable Control Center, and much more.
New in beta 3 is a swipe up gesture for iPad users to close apps, tweaked behavior to Cover Sheet Notification Center and more …
iOS 11 beta 3 is currently only available to registered developers for now. Apple typically holds new public beta versions for a few days for major updates.
Apple also recently released a special ‘Update 1’ to iOS 11 beta for some devices to resolve a DFU restore issue. Today’s release is available to all users, so it seems like the DFU update has been fixed.
Whilst iOS 11 beta 3 does not have any groundbreaking changes, there are a handful of enhancements and tweaks — along with the usual performance and stability improvements:
New in iOS 11 beta 3:
- Refined 3D Touch interface for the Camera app in Control Center. Similar UI changes can also be seen in the 3D Touch overlay view for the Notes Control Center shortcut.
- The Cover Sheet of Notification Center has been refined. It now shows all notifications immediately when swiped into view; a second upward gesture to see older notifications is no longer necessary.
- On iPad, you can now remove apps from multitasking with an upward swipe gesture. The close button ‘x’ interface seen in beta 1 and beta 2 has been replaced with the swipe interaction.
- Improved Springboard responsiveness when dragging and dropping. App icons now more closely track with finger gestures when dragging around.
- Messages in iCloud reports fine-grained update progress in Settings.
- Mail correctly remembers if it is open in 3-column mode on larger 12.9-inch iPad displays, when switching between full screen and split-screen presentations.
- Smart Invert is now applied more correctly across the operating system.
- In TV Provider settings, users can sign up with their local provider even if it doesn’t support Single-Sign On yet.
- App Store settings now include a preference for whether to auto play videos. Users can pick to disable autoplaying video entirely or only when on cellular networks.
- OS X Server is listed in the Files app; not yet functional.
- The UI for 3D Touch previews for Safari has been tweaked.
- For developers, SafariServices offers a new API to improve the authentication flow for onboarding. For instance, when Facebook is updated, a user that is logged in to the web app can be automatically logged into the native app without entering a password.
We would expect to see public betas for iOS 11 seed 3 released later this week.
For a comprehensive look at everything new in iOS 11 so far, check out our hands-on video below: