Apple (somewhat surprisingly) dropped the second beta of iOS 11 to developers on Wednesday with a myriad of changes and bug fixes. While there doesn’t seem to be a huge number of user-facing enhancements, there are still quite a few notable changes and new features in this beta.

A large number of prominent bugs have been fixed that have been plaguing users, like crashing when deleting a voicemail, manual screen brightness not staying set, 3D Touch on phone numbers and addresses not working.

Unfortunately, with all of those bug fixes are several new bugs and known issues.

For instance, an SOS alert may still be sent even though the user cancelled it. This is a good reminder this is an early developer beta that should only be run on secondary devices.

As for the new features, we have the initial implementation of the much touted Do Not Disturb While Driving mode that will lock your phone as well as send a custom auto-reply (customizable in Settings → Do Not Disturb) should someone text you.

Control Center can now be disabled inside of applications, like on prior iOS editions. And far from last, the Files app now has started to show external locations like Google Drive and Box.

New features and changes

This is what you probably wanted to know about iOS 11 beta 2.

  • CarPlay now has lane guidance in Maps
  • Smaller speed in Maps
  • To edit/add filters in Photos you now tap the edit button in the top right corner instead of the sliders icon
  • Now Playing widget has been tweaked
  • New phone placeholder icon when no album artwork present in Now Playing widget
  • Audio source switcher is now available on Lock screen
  • New orange color for the new Echo effect in Messages
  • Do Not Disturb While Driving is enabled with extra options in Settings
  • Control Center can be turned on or off while in apps
  • New search options within Apple Music
  • You can now select multiple items in Photos
  • Bluetooth widget now works the same as Wi-Fi: instead of turning off, it will just disconnect from whatever is connected to it
  • Notification Center pull down has a gradual blur
  • New Share sheet extension: Save to Files app
  • Safari has new experimental features in Settings
  • Dictation is now available in Hindi
  • New options in Settings to make notification banners permanent or permanent
  • Built-in screen recorder boosts video capture resolution to 1080p

Take a look at our hands-on video to see all of these new features and more in action.

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And here’s a quick overview of the most important fixes.

Bug fixes

  • 3D Touch data detectors are now working for phone numbers, addresses, etc.
  • Screen brightness stays at set level
  • YouTube search bar has returned
  • More stable Bluetooth connections (Dexcom)
  • Android Migration now works as intended
  • Crashing when deleting voicemails is fixed
  • Lock screen no longer rotates
  • Long exposure photos are now higher quality than in first beta

Wrapping it all up

As we conclude our tour of all the changes, fixes, improvements and new features in iOS 11 beta 2, feel free to tell us about your own discoveries and observations in comments or via

What’s your favorite change in iOS 11 beta 2 thus far, and why?

  • Hektōr

    What about 3D Touch gesture to open app switcher? And the option to clear individual notifications from notification center instead of only clear all at once?

    • Andrew O’Hara

      The 3D Touch gesture for accessing app switcher is still one. We were hoping was just a bug, but the fact it isn’t listed as a known issue in the release notes is concerning.

      For individual notifications, you can 3D Touch on them to tap the x in the corner, or when you bring them all up you still have the x to 3D Touch and clear all notifications.

      • I think the disappearance of this feature is related to iPhone 8. I’m think this possibly indicates a new feature to bring up the app switcher.

      • Agneev

        Do you think this could get enabled in the GM?

      • If I may jump in, if Apple does not bring it back in beta 3 or 4, I doubt it’ll make a comeback in GM. As Seb said, it probably indicates a new way to bring up the app switcher

      • Agreed

  • Agneev

    You are simply the best! You have mentioned every change. Thank you so much!

  • MMA Rules

    The stupid volume hud is back in certain apps like playing a video in WhatsApp, is it so hard to get rid of it? Apple please make it universal! The ringer hud too! Is coding so hard that’s impossible to get rid of it?

    • That depends on whether or not a developer is using the proper APIs for media playback. Besides, it’s a beta so issues like that one are to be expected

      • MMA Rules

        I know Christian and I just realized that it’s on everywhere even in Safari when playing a video, it shows the new and old hud at the same time, so it’s a bug

  • Concise yet well descriptive article.

    Thank you iDB.

  • Eric Ortiz

    Swiping on notifications on the lock screen doesn’t work and that’s about the most annoying bug to me.

    • ChrisLinke

      Bug, or new (and featureless) User Interface?

      • Eric Ortiz

        God i hope it’s a bug!

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    Screen recording quality is upgraded in beta 1 it was 900p on 7 plus now on beta 2 it’s 1080p on my 7 plus

    • Rowan09

      They still need to fix when you go into landscape it doesn’t work properly.

    • Added to the list, thanks

  • Sai

    Does the swiping on the notifications or long hold work on the iPhone 5S? I had the beta and when I get a notification I can’t slide/ hold down on the notification.

  • Luke Pruitt

    Did you mention that notification banners can be temporary or permanent now?

    • Added, thanks

      • Norbi Whitney

        Looks like you added “notification banners permanent or permanent”

  • Hendo27

    In the new features section you should have added that you can no longer connect to wifi. Worked just fine on my Iphone 7 in beta 1.

  • Shadowelite123

    It seems a wifi issue I had on beta 1 was fixed. Connection would drop constantly, but now its staying up. Internet is a bit slow though.

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  • Abhinav Chaudhary

    I barely use the dictation feature so I wanna clarify that the new dictation in hindi means I can now input text speaking hindi?

  • Steve Harvey

    New options in Settings to make notification banners permanent or permanent.

    Great option!

  • jalexcarter

    Anybody had any issues with charging on iPad since the beta 2 update? I’ve tried plugging my iPad Air 2 into multiple charging devices that all previously worked fine and now I keep getting a “This device is not a supported accessory.” message every time. Going to try to downgrade to 10.3.2 before it dies and I can’t ever plug it up to power it on again!

  • javierE186

    Booooo I really liked the locked screen rotation

  • jalexcarter

    anybody else hate how obtrusive it is to use control center on the iPad in iOS 11??? you have to swipe up to invoke it as usual but instead of just control center coming up it opens the entire app switcher essentially making you leave the app you’re using with control center toggles along the side. and why the hell did they change how to close apps in the app switcher??? instead of just swiping up to close/quit an app you have to long press to bring up a small “x” icon on the top left and tap right on the little “x”. so much harder and time consuming, apple is starting to regress and I’m really not a fan. Hope the GM fixes these idiotic changes.

  • Wahyu

    anyone having battery drain?