Developers receive surprise iOS 11 beta 9 update

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An all-new iOS 11 beta is here!
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Apple surprised developers today with the release of an all-new iOS 11 beta for testing, coming just four days after the previous beta build was seeded.

The new beta build is accompanied by the ninth beta for tvOS 11. Both of the new builds appear to add a number of bug fixes and performance improvements and likely signal that the public release isn’t that far away.

Registered developers can grab iOS 11 beta 9 and tvOS 11 beta 9 directly from Apple’s developer portal. You can also install iOS 11 beta 9 via an over-the-air update if you have the previous build on your iPhone and iPad already.

Apple said it plans to release the new updates to the public this fall. Usually, the company publicly launches new iOS updates a week or two before the release of a new iPhone, so this could be one of the last beta updates we see as Apple heads into its September 12 event.

It looks like Apple is done with the big UI changes and feature updates in the betas. Instead, the company is focusing on fine-tuning the builds so they’re running nearly flawless this fall.

With the end of the beta testing phase quickly approaching, developers should receive the gold master version any week now.