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Apple Released iOS 11 Public Beta Today. This Is What You Can Do With It

The free software update brings improvements to Apple's phones and tablets — but the biggest changes are meant for the iPad.

Posted on June 26, 2017, at 4:02 p.m. ET

The public beta of iOS 11 — the software that powers Apple's iPhone and iPad — went live today, ahead of a wide release this fall. It's full of new features, including a new GIF-esque Loop mode in pictures, person-to-person Apple Pay within iMessage, a new male voice for Siri, photos that take up less space on your device, a redesigned Control Center, and a Do Not Disturb While Driving mode.

The biggest changes, though, are coming to the iPad. A new Files app that organizes local and cloud files, drag-and-drop capabilities, a new built-in document scanner, and the ability to instantly create a note from the lock screen are just some of the bevy of tablet-centric improvements on their way.

We got our hands on the public beta, and here are some of our favorite updates in action.

Note: You can sign up to participate in Apple's iOS 11 public beta here. But before you do, be sure to back up your device.* Public betas are intended for early adopters and can sometimes be a little rough around the edges.

*Plug the iPhone into your computer and open iTunes. Under Backups, select This computer, then click Back Up Now. Or, you can go into Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > turn iCloud Backup to on.

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