Apple today released the first public beta of iOS 11 to its public beta testing group, allowing non-developers to download and test the update ahead of its fall release. iOS 11 has been available for developers since June 5, and the first public beta corresponds with the second developer beta.
iOS 11 is a huge step forward for iPads as a general purpose computing device, but there are still steps to be taken – changing default applications is a big one, as is mouse support so you don’t have to touch the screen for every little thing you need to do. And, of course: Xcode for iOS, which seems like an inevitability at this point.
Somewhere halfway between the Surface Pro and the iPad Pro lies the ideal mobile computer. Apple made a huge stride towards that perfect middle ground with iOS 11.
Update: The Verge has a good overview of what’s new in iOS .