Apple seeds fourth iOS 11.1 beta and more

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A new iOS 11.1 beta is already out!
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Developers just received a new iOS 11.1 beta from Apple this morning even though the company just released a build of the software update earlier this week.

iOS 11.1 beta 4 has been made available today along with the fourth beta builds of watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1. All three of the new betas bring a number of bug fixes and performance improvements to their platforms.

Registered developers can grab iOS 11.1 beta 4 from the Apple Developer Center. It can also be downloaded directly to iPhone and iPads if you have the proper installation profile installed on your device.

Apple is bringing a number of small changes to iOS 11.1. The biggest is the addition of dozens of new emojis. New emoji characters include Woman with Headscarf, Bearded Person, Breastfeeding, Zombie, Person in Lotus Position and new food items such as Sandwich and Coconut. The new emojis also have new faces, clothes, sports, food, dinosaurs and other mystical characters.

iOS 11.1 also brings back the 3D Touch app switcher screen that Apple removed in iOS 11.

The watchOS 4.1 update adds LTE support for Apple Music on the Apple Watch Series 3 LTE. Apple added a new Radio app that lets you listen to Beats 1 radio’s live broadcast. Bug fixes and performances are also plentiful in the new update.

  • Shawn Rutherford

    Tried to use Apple Maps while making a trip from Mansfield, Mass. to Providence R.I. airport. Apple Maps worked… but never gave voice directions… got worried when I got closer to airport… bailed and tried Google Maps and was literally only a mile away from an important exit to make before getting there. I’m an Apple fan… but they’ve got to quit leaving products broken like that.