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iOS 11 beta now available to download

Take Apple's new operating system for a spin.
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A trial version of iOS 11 is available to download now, giving early birds the chance to experience what the next edition of Apple's operating system has to offer ahead of its official release later this year.

The software is only in beta at the moment, which means it's not the finished article. So it's likely there will be bugs that need to be squashed and kinks to be ironed out.

Want more info? Five things you need to know about iOS 11.

Apple releases the software in beta to get feedback from its army of testers. That way, it can improve the final version before it launches in the autumn (most likely September).

If you fancy being one of the first to try it, you'll need to register with the Apple Beta Software Program website and log in with your Apple ID. Select Enrol Your Device, and you're away.

Be warned: sometimes things go wrong with pre-release software. You'd be advised to make an iTunes backup of your device before you download.

New features in iOS 11 include a new and improved Messages app with iCloud syncing, and the ability to send payments to individuals using Apple Pay.

Personal assistant Siri also has a new voice, while Control Centre has been given a lick of paint.

The Maps app now features lane guidance, and the App Store has been redesigned to look more like Apple Music.

More features are expected before iOS 11's official launch this autumn.

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