Following yesterday’s iOS 11.3 developer beta 2 release, Apple has now seeded Public beta 2 for iOS 11.3, watchOS 4.3 and tvOS 11.3. All of these betas are now available for download for those who are already testing the software through over-the-air. Those installing iOS 11.3 for the first time will have to install the beta configuration profile and then download the update.
iOS 11.3 brings a bunch of new features including 4 new Animoji to iPhone X, Battery Health, Health Record, Business Chat for iMessage, Messages in the Cloud, ARKit 1.5 with support for vertical surfaces and more.
The Beta 2 enables the Battery Health feature that was missing from the first beta release. This feature gives users information about health of their device’s battery and on older iPhones let them disable throttling at the increased risk of unexpected shutdowns. Read about Battery Health feature here.
watchOS 4.3 brings some small changes to watchOS including new charging animation, portrait orientation for Nightstand, shows Apple Watch as Speaker in Control Center’s AirPlay and brings back the iPhone Music control in the Music app, that will allow users to AirPlay music from iPhone to an AirPlay speaker and control using Apple Watch.
If you are not enrolled in Apple Public Beta program already, then you can follow the steps below to get your device enrolled and install beta on it.
Install iOS 11.3 Public Beta on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
- First of all sign up to Apple’s Beta Software Program. Remember to use the same Apple ID that you use on your iOS device that will be running the beta. Also, make an up to date backup of your iOS device using iTunes.
- Once the sign up process is complete open Safari on your iOS device and then open this link. Download the iOS 11.3 beta Configuration Profile for your device. Follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the profile properly.
- After installing the profile go to Settings > General > Software and see if you have an iOS 11.3 update available. If it is then download it OTA. If you are not seeing the update then return to the homescreen, close Settings app from App Switcher and try again.