A third beta of iOS 11 for the compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices was released earlier today to Apple’s registered developers and members of the paid Apple Developer Program.

The accompanying second public beta of iOS 11, which would have the same features as third developer-only beta, should be released through Apple’s Beta Software Program later this week, probably tomorrow, allowing non-developers to take the latest beta for a spin on their iOS devices.

Here’s everything new in iOS 11 beta 3, based on Apple’s official release notes and community findings (which you can contribute to in the comments section).

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New features in iOS 11 beta 3

iOS 11 beta 3 takes advantage of a brand new syncing system for Safari’s Bookmarks and Reading List features, which should increase performance and elevate your security. Migration to the new sync system occurs silently after all the devices signed in to your iCloud account are running iOS 11.

Safari content blockers are working again in beta 3. A new API allows native apps who will implement it to log in the user automatically by re-using a previously saved Safari password for the app’s web-based version.

Siri in iOS 11 can translate text for you and the third beta adds support for translation requests from English US to Chinese, Spanish, German, French and Italian. New Siri voices for both genders of Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Dutch and Swedish are available in beta 3, as well as new female voices for English and Mexican Spanish.

Plus, the Siri voice for both genders of Japanese and Chinese has been upgraded.

iOS 11’s built-in screen recording feature now comes with a new Start Broadcasting option, which seems to do nothing in beta 3 beyond saving the screen recording to the Photos app. We expect subsequent betas will fully implement this feature.

Siri can now get directions when Do Not Disturb While Driving is active.

Elapsed time is now updated when using the system media player’s play and stop controls , or when seeking during video content playback. Notifications in the Music app are now working and song metadata now syncs correctly with iTunes.

Messages on iCloud should now be available after a device has been offline.

Safari’s view controller, a feature that lets you browse the web within apps complete with Safari features like Reader Mode, now sports an improved interface for 3D Touch previews and default preview actions.

When you open a link in an app that supports Safari’s controller, like Tweetbot, you’ll notice that Safari’s toolbars have been collapse to show just the domain.

iOS 11 beta 3 implements SFAuthenticationSession, Apple’s new API for authenticating a user with a web service. For what it’s worth, some of my colleagues are experiencing issues using Google services with iOS 11, but this problem does not seem to be replicable for everybody 100 percent of the time.

Top fixes in iOS 11 beta 3

Aside from these outward-facing new features and improvements, iOS 11 beta 3 includes a fair share of bug fixes, under-the-hood improvements and other changes. We’ll only mention the most important fixes.

For starters, third-party keyboards should now work if not allowed full access. Audio should no longer drop during Skype calls. The Phone app should no longer crash when a voicemail message is deleted and carrier services like voicemail, messaging, call wait, call forwarding and others on Wi-Fi calling-enabled devices may now work for specific carriers/markets.

Pulling down the notifications shade when the device is unlocked now displays both your current and older alerts without the need for scrolling. An upward swipe for force-quitting apps is back on iPad, replacing the “x” button which appeared in prior betas when an app was held down in the app switcher.

Apps over 100 megabytes should no longer download over your iPhone’s cellular connection after acknowledging the warning prompt. Speaking of which, connecting to a cellular network after restarting or powering on your device should now work correctly, as does activating a Sprint cellular data plan on your iPad.

Buttons for Day, Week, Month and Year in the Calendar app now trigger on the first tap.

The Offload App feature now works for apps that are shipped with iOS 11. The Settings app no longer crashes when you delete the Podcasts app or add/delete keyboards, while storage graph and size information now updates correctly.

You can now create a new Photos or Kaleidoscope face for your Apple Watch from the share sheet in the Photos app, as well as share Live Photos via AirDrop. Photographs captured on iOS 11 now show the correct orientation on versions of macOS earlier than 10.13.

In the Watch app, changes to Mail → Include Mail are now saved and watchOS email alerts now use your configured settings.

Tapping Learn More from the prompt that appears when you attempt to launch a 32-bit app now opens the App Compatibility section within the Settings app, as it should.

Apple says 32-bit apps will not run on future betas of iOS 11.

Migrating from your Android phone using Android Migration should work correctly while restoring a device from an iTunes backup will no longer yield white app icons on your Home screen. After restoring from an iTunes backup, you can now authenticate iCloud credentials during the iOS 11 setup process.

When restoring from iCloud Backup in Setup Assistant, you’ll see the correct list of backups. Apple says that “certain services” should sync correctly on initial iCloud login.

Using 3D Touch with phone numbers, addresses and so on now works correctly throughout the system. AirPlay has been fixed to work as expected in apps. The SlingTV app now plays back audio and video normally and Kindle books sync as you’d expect.

Facebook Messenger now launches when the Facebook app is not installed. In Amazon Video, the video playback controls now work correctly and navigation bars should look correct.

Last but not least, iOS 11 beta 3 fixes the most annoying thing about the new Control Center where the Wi-Fi toggle would not work properly. Now if you hit the Wi-Fi icon in Control Center, your device disconnects from the current network and temporarily disables Wi-Fi networking (the same goes for the Bluetooth control).

And if your press the Wi-Fi control in Control Center to expand it, it now updates the network name when transitioning between networks. The 3D Touch shortcuts menu for the Camera app in Control Center has been improved as well.

In Apple’s new File app, you can now use the QuickLook feature to preview iWork documents while file thumbnails should now display properly.

If you use HomeKit, Siri will finally recognize your smart home setup on devices upgraded to iOS 11 beta. You can now drop PDFs and books into iBooks and audiobooks now appear in your library after purchasing or re-downloading.

Say hello to new bugs

There are still many known issues to be resolved before the iOS 11 software update releases publicly.

For example, syncing 32-bit apps via iTunes may leave a placeholder for the app. In a similar vein, you many be unable to log in to the Pinterest app using your email address.

In Tweetbot, you may not be able to post tweets containing recently taken photos. The excellent VSCO camera app may throw an error when importing photos that have been recently taken.

Under some circumstances, rotating an iOS device may cause Apple Pencil to become unusable.

Restoring from an iTunes backup containing an offloaded app which is also present in the iTunes library on your computer installs the offloaded app and then re-installs it from App Store, which can result in the restored backup taking more space on your device than the size of the backup.

As a workaround, offload the app after the restore process completes.

Submit your own discoveries

If you have managed to detect other user-focused changes or improvements in the new beta not mentioned in the article, post your findings in the comments below and we’ll update the write-up as new information becomes available.

You can also submit them via tips@iDownloadBlog.com.

  • Sympliam

    Night Shift hours settings dosent work!

    • bigkool2

      This is true, it didn’t work in beta 2 either. I have my night shift to work from sunset to sunrise and it didn’t work last night.

      • Brian Hankey

        It has been working for me in public beta 1

  • David Jacobs

    Has the App Switcher bug been fixed?

    • Mark

      No unfortunately not

    • Mark

      but it doesn’t take as long to close now

    • h4nd0fg0d

      App switcher hasn’t glitched once since beta 3 update. Working seamlessly again on my 7+.

    • John

      What bug,

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Could’ve had these in bullet points as it looks like its taken right off the dev notes. Would’ve been more organized.

    • ericesque

      The author brings store bought cupcakes to potlucks in a muffin pan.

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    Home screen won’t go landscape on my iPhone 7+

    • Mark

      mine does

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        That’s weird I have orientation lock off

      • Mark

        maybe try turning phone off and back on again, other than that I have no clue

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        *phablet any device that makes calls and is 5.5+ inch screen is a phablet

      • Mark

        all the same

      • ericesque

        During the beta I’ve found I have to tilt with the top of the screen toward me a little to trigger rotation. If the phone is perfectly vertical or the top edge of the phone is tilted away from me at all it won’t work. iPhone 6 Plus.

  • Hope the music app issue will be fixed in this beta.

    • Siri Tim Cook Holness

      The problem with Siri playing music? Is that what u mean? If so no

      • Music changing to the next track. I’ve since updated and nope. Music continues to repeat whatever song is playing and I have to manually skip to the next song.

      • h4nd0fg0d

        Another that I’m not experiencing

  • Rowan09

    My battery was draining with Beta 2 so I went back to 10.3.3 is that issue fixed?

    • Mark

      betas always have battery draining issues, thats with any beta.

      • Rowan09

        I know but I had no issues with Beta 1.

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Haven’t encountered any battery anomalies on any of the 11 betas. IPhone 7+, iPad pro

      • Rowan09

        I wasn’t either but couldn’t figure out what was going on. I was fine then I downloaded a navigation app to try it out and my battery life was horrible. I deleted the app and still nothing, so I just downgraded. I’ll install it on my other iPad, since I use the Pro for DIRECTV now and that app doesn’t work on IOS 11 yet.

    • John

      Mate, seriously? You ask minutes after the beta has been released if the battery issues have been fixed, why?

      • Rowan09

        My battery was draining about 2% a minute. All I would is 10 minutes to confirm, so that’s why I asked.

  • Eric Ortiz

    Swiping on notifications on the lock screen still doesn’t work. Is this a bug or did Apple remove this feature?

    • techfreak23

      I was wondering that too. It’s really annoying because I end up having to 3D Touch and then tap the banner to open to that notification.

      • Eric Ortiz

        Yeah, it’s been annoying the crap out of me.

      • Cerberus The Wise

        after 3D touching it, you can immediately swipe the notification down to dismiss all in one motion without having to lift your finger off the screen for another tap.

      • Eric Ortiz

        While that works for dismissing it, I like the swipe function to go straight to the app for whatever it was too if I was wanting to open it.

    • zebonaut

      Try 3D touch

  • wcramernc

    Not sure what they mean by, “Messages on iCloud should now be available after a device has been offline”
    I’ve tried putting in it in Airplane mode, and disabling WiFi and data, but the option is still grayed out.

    Any ideas?

    • Mark

      means after a device has been offline such as a wifi iPad, when it comes back online via wifi, it will sync the messages that you have sent or received while offline

  • David Costa

    My voicemails are all gone and replaced with a button to call voicemail like a 10 year old phone. How do I bring back voicemails as they should be displayed?

    • David Costa

      did hard restart on phone and now it is working

      • Eric Ortiz

        You can do a hard restart? How do you do that?

      • If you hold the Lock button and the Home button at the same time until the device turns black, then you’ve done a hard restart.

      • Eric Ortiz

        That way hasn’t worked in a while. On IOS 10 it was home button and volume down button but that does nothing either.

      • Huh… on my iPad Air 2 thats running the iOS 11 Beta that works. They must have changed it for the iPhone.

      • It’s only on iPhone 7 because iPhone 7 doesn’t have a physical Home button.

      • Thank you for clarifying @seb481:disqus! I was really confused…

      • Jose Rivera

        Yeah the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the only ones that do the power/volume down combo to hard reset the phone. On every other device with a physical button, it’s the normal way it’s always been done. Power/home. Keep that in mind.

      • CaptainHappy

        Power/lock and volume down.

        Volume down replaced the home button because of the 7/7 Plus.

      • Eric Ortiz

        That’s right! I remember that now!

      • h4nd0fg0d

        Word. Rookies

    • Siri Tim Cook Holness

      My carrier still doesn’t even support that feature

      • John

        That’s nice.

    • Brian Gotti

      I’m having that problem. Tried the hard reset, and reset my network settings and no change.

  • Chris Longden

    Does anybody know if the “Cannot connect to App Store” has been fixed.?

    • zoLa siWisa

      I am also having the same problem

      • Chris Longden

        I decided to update to beta 3 and the app store is now working for me! 😀

      • zoLa siWisa

        Cool. I will update. I am still on beta 2

      • zoLa siWisa

        Thank you

      • zoLa siWisa

        I was able to update. Saw some cool stuff. Now I can update ❤️

      • zoLa siWisa

        Thank you

  • Watch running OS 3 won’t really respond well with iOS 11 as far as showing whats playing on phone. or the weather. answering calls etc which sucks

    • Adam P

      I am able to make calls on my Watch with no issues. Now for the weather part you just have to go to Settings, Privacy, Location Services, Weather, and select “Always”. That should fix the issue with your Watch not showing your current position’s weather.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Glad to see that they fixed the completely broken app switcher. Beta or not, epic fail…

    • John

      What’s “completely broken” about it?

      • h4nd0fg0d

        In beta 2, it was completely disfunctional. Wouldn’t allow you to clear switcher, apps would remain after up swiping to clear them. It took 2 or 3 and maybe more attempts to clear.

      • Genaro Lopez

        Agreed! App switcher was a pain to use in Beta 2 I don’t think it killed apps even after what appeared to be a successful 3rd or 4th attempt. It was the first thing I tried in Beta 3, lol.

    • Mark

      This is the reason why I am against public beta’s: many people don’t understand that stuff is experimental and being worked on! Beta software is for testing and feedback purposes, not for people who always want to be first and use this on their every-day devices… Nothing is a fail until it’s out of beta!

    • Alejandro Delgado

      I know right! Ugh this was terrible, glad they fixed it. How’s the battery holding up? Mine’s been very poor since Beta 2. I’m afraid something may have broken lol.

  • Chelsea Carlisle

    anyone having issues with message notifications? since i did the update this morning, not get the app badge for messages, or even a tone when i receive a new message. thanks

  • Message app is a disaster in iOS 11 beta 3. Every time I send a message, it appears above the previous message of the recipient. Anyone who experiences the same?

    • John

      Yup. This happened to me.
      Check the time on your phone, mine was set back ~10 minutes which is what’s causing the sync “issue”

  • Adhithya Gokul

    3D touch on the app icon activates wiggle mode instead of 3D touch menu. 3D touch inside apps and photos works fine. Anyone else face this issue ??

    • Morgan Svensson

      Same here

  • Mark

    guys, i still have problem with charging. My iphone 5s i can charge just when is switch off, when is on nothing happend. A tried ios downgrade to IOS 10 and there running charging very well. But i have IOS 11 now. anyone hae the same problem??

    • Mark

      Nobody can help me??

  • Carlos B

    This beta updated CarPlay as well, on the Music app there there’s now a square stop icon instead of the pause.

  • bigkool2

    In Podcast, I still don’t see how when all downloaded video podcasts (different channels) continue to play one after another instead of having to slide back to the downloaded podcast screen, choose the podcast and press play.

  • bigkool2

    I wish there was a way to close the media app from the lock screen. I can play a song, pause it and 20 mins later, when i pick up the phone, the music app still shows on the lock screen showing the last song played.
    Maybe a timer, remove music app when there is no activity from lock screen after x minutes.

  • I am really hoping they do something about the blue “app is using your location” bar. Completely terrible design to move the ENTIRE screen down and up when that bar shows up. I think a blue location icon in the status bar achieves what they’re doing just fine.

    • Jim Murrell

      Agree I had to disable my google locations to stop it.

  • Ehsaan Khan

    in Beta 2 while playing games or playing videos on third party apps i cant pull notification bar on rotated screen
    and another problem in rotated screen i cant even reply to a coming message

  • techfreak23

    Is anyone else having a weird rotation issue with wallpapers? I have a 7 and my wallpaper keeps randomly rotating like on a Plus…

    • Rich

      Yes. Usually my background goes upside down.

      • techfreak23

        I figured out what causes it. If I am in landscape mode in an app and I go to the home screen, it flips. I have to go back into the app, go back into portrait mode and it’s normal.

  • Chuck

    Anyone know if the bug with voice to text not working correctly has been fixed in the latest beta release?

    By not working correctly I mean it will capitalize either every word or it will capitalize the majority of the words. However, it will not correctly capitalize words like I’m and instead will show i’m. Plus, it does not revert to show the keyboard once you’ve stopped the voice to text process and still shows the microphone and you have to click on the keyboard.

    I’ve seen a few articles mention the bug, but haven’t seen anyone post (yet) that the latest beta update fixes it.

  • Nikhil gajra

    Can anyone tell me the difference between the iOS 11 Public beta 2 and iOS 11 beta 3?

    Please e-mail at nikhil.gajra@gmail.com


    • Genaro Lopez

      They’re the same.

  • Emilio Colina

    When I tilt my device to landscape to watch a video it will stay like that even if I bring it back up to the normal position. I always have to restart my iPhone because of that issue. Anyone else has the same promblem. Not to mention phone frezzes also when in landscape.

  • Mk Nguyễn Trần

    Anyone has Siri using her new voice? Mine still sound like what she did on iOS 10!

  • Junior Pops

    Bluetooth Midi does not work, device does not connect to host app.

  • James Mather

    it’s so much worse on my ipad pro 9.7 then past betas. can’t wait for 4

  • I found my biggest grievance want the inability to do anything with notifications on the lock screen. Swiping right or left didn’t work. I haven’t seen anyone else mention this. I have an iPhone 6+, so it doesn’t have 3D Touch, so I was wondering if that might have been part of the issue.