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Apple issues second public beta of iOS 11 for iPhone, iPad

Registered members of Apple's public beta testing program now have a second pre-release build of iOS 11 available to download, arriving two days after the third developer beta was released.

Apple's iOS 11 is scheduled to be finalized and released to the public this fall, but in the interim, users can opt in to test the early beta builds as bugs and kinks are worked out. Apple warns that its beta software should only be installed on devices dedicated for development and testing, and should not be used on crucial daily-use hardware.

The latest beta of iOS 11 includes a fix for Bluetooth connection issues using Wirless iAP protocol. It also brings back the "swipe up" gesture to close an app in the app switcher and Control Center view on iPad.

Registered devices can install the latest iOS 11 beta through the Software Update feature in the iOS Settings app.

The first public beta of iOS 11 was released in late June.

Wednesday's iOS 11 public beta 2 did not arrive alongside a new public beta of macOS High Sierra. The first public beta of High Sierra arrived three days after the June launch of iOS 11 public beta 1.