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What to Do to Use iOS 11 Ahead of Official Release

What to Do to Use iOS 11 Before its Official Release

Apple has finally released the public beta of iOS 11, meaning you don’t have to be a registered developer with the company to get to try out the new features before the upgrade makes it to the general public later this year.

A web site reporting on everything iOS and Mac, 9to5Mac, has outlined the steps interested users need to follow to get the public beta of iOS 11.

Users are advised to first back up their data before installing the public beta and to try out the software preferably on their secondary device.

Beta are software still in development and are known to have bugs.

Apple recommends using iTunes to backup devices and archiving that backup for safekeeping.

Similarly, 9to5Mac recommends encrypting the backed-up data to retain Health & Activity data.

Is My Device iOS 11 compliant?

Not every iOS device can run on iOS 11 of course so be sure yours is one of those which can work on the public beta. The following are the devices eligible for the upgrade.

iPhone

  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s

iPad

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

iPod touch

  • iPod touch 6th generation

How to Install iOS 11 Public Beta

Now that you’ve confirmed that your iPhone, iPad and IPod touch can work with iOS 11 Public Beta, the next action is to backup your data.

Once both stages are completed, you can begin the installation.

9to5Mac put together a video guide to walk users through the installation process which it describes as fairly straightforward – taking about 20 minutes to complete depending on your wi fi speed of course.

It also outlined the steps as follows:

  1. From your eligible iOS device, use Safari to visit Apple’s public beta website.
  2. Tap the Sign Up button.
  3. Sign in to the Apple Beta Program with your Apple ID.
  4. Tap the Accept button in the bottom right-hand corner of the Agreement page.
  5. Tap the iOS tab.
  6. Tap the enroll your iOS device link.
  7. : Tap the Download profile button. The profile area of the Settings app will now open
  8. On the Install Profile page, tap Install in the upper right-hand corner.
  9. Tap Install on the Consent page.
  10. Tap the Install button at the bottom of the page.
  11. Tap Restart to reboot your iOS device. Your iOS device will reboot with the iOS 11 public beta profile installed
  12. Once your device reboots, go to Settings → General → Software Update and you should see Checking for Update.
  13. Tap the Download and Install button.
  14. Tap Agree in the bottom right-hand corner of the Terms and Conditions page. This will begin the download process.
  15. Once the download is complete, tap Install Now to begin the install.

Now that you have successfully installed the public beta , please watch 9to5Mac’s hands-on video of 100 new features found in iOS 11 in order to become better acquainted with the new software.

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Tech Briefing 19 for June 26, 2017

Tech Briefing 19

News on forthcoming Galaxy Note 8, App Store clean up, Facebook and New Android Browser

So much happened in the technology scene throughOUT the week of Monday June 19 to Sunday June 25, 2017. Here’s a quick review of the major ones in Tech Briefing 19:

Expected new device

Note 7 successor coming soon

Samsung apparently has recovered from the crisis that followed the exploding Note 7 last year. Now, it is reportedly planning the launch of the Note 8 for an event later this August.

Rumour also has it that the Note 8 will be priced at around 900 dollars, will run on a 6-gigabytes RAM and is disappointingly very likely to be powered by a 3,300MAH battery.

Apps

Google Photos drops back-up-while-charging

You now do not need your Android or iOS device to be plugged to electricity for Google Photos to back up your photos and videos.

Some users last week noticed that the feature had been removed from the app.

Previously, Photos had an optional feature to allow media back up only when a device is being charged thereby ensuring that battery power which could serve other purposes was not consumed.

Meanwhile, new features that include Lens, suggested sharing and shared library are expected to be added to the app in the course of this year.

Clean up of App store continuing

Ahead of an all-new App Store re-design later this year, Apple last week continued ITS clean up of the store to rid it of cloned and spam apps as well as apps which are neither 64-bit compliant nor been downloaded in a long time.

The exercise which according to the iPhone maker has already seen the removal of hundreds of thousands of apps is to improve the quality of the store.

Apple Music gets annual subscription option

Users of Apple Music now have a reason to be excited. The service now provides them a yearly subscription option at 99 dollars.

This option which Apple introduced quietly will now also help users save 20 dollars yearly over paying about 10 dollars monthly.

Data security

Facebook to prevent profile photo misuse

A new feature that will prevent profile photos from being downloaded is reportedly being tested by Facebook.

If the feature becomes public, users will be able to protect their profile photo so that other people cannot download or share it or even take a screenshot of it on Android.

The move is reportedly to make women feel more comfortable to upload their photos on the service in an era when scammers are known to have harvested women’s photos to use on dating and other sites.

Firefox Focus now available on Android

Mozilla has released its Firefox Focus for Android users.

The new browser which was previously launched for iOS offers users an anonymous way to browse the web.

Mozilla prides Firefox Focus as a useful app for all who value their privacy.

Additionally, 9to5Google reports that Focus brings the following as important features to the Android version:

  • Ad tracker counter – For the curious, there’s a counter to list the number of ads that are blocked per site while using the app.
  • Disable tracker blocker – For sites that are not loading correctly, you can disable the tracker blocker to quickly take care of it and get back to where you’ve left off.
  • Notification reminder – When Focus is running in the background, we’ll remind you through a notification and you can easily tap to erase your browsing history.

Focus appears to have been made with accessibility in mind. Users who are curious to know more should head to the Play Store to get it free right away.

Thank you

That’s it in this week’s edition of Tech Briefing for Monday June 19 to Sunday June 25, 2017.

Any comments about the apps, services and devices highlighted in Tech Briefing 19? Please let us in on them them in the comments section.

Also, remember to share our post across your various platforms.

Thank you for your time.

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Tech Briefing 18: NVDA 2017.2 released, SMS pulled from Hangout, and more

Here is Tech Briefing 18 with me Ayoola Efunkoya. It’s my rap up of developments in technology for the week of May 22-28, 2017.

Google withdrew the SMS feature from its Hangouts app. Hangouts is gradually being tailored towards enterprise users.

The search giant also began rolling out a “Family Group”  feature to easily share calendars, photos, notes, and content subscriptions. This feature is however not yet available in Nigeria.

Come June 30, some older Apple products will attain the obsolete status, meaning they will lose repair support at Apple Retail Stores and Authorized Service Providers. An internal document cited last week by 9To5Mac lists the affected products as follows:

•MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2011)

•MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011)

•MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011)

•MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)

•MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011)

•AirPort Express 802.11n (1st Gen)

•MacBook Pro (17-inch, mid 2009)

•iPhone 3GS (16GB / 32GB

•iPhone 3GS (16GB / 32GB – China)

The list above is a guide for all current users and all who plan to buy used devices. Apple normally begins the transition to obsolete status some 5-7 years after manufacturing has been discontinued.

9To5Mac points out that it’s around this time that parts are increasingly hard to find and repairs are unpractical. Once a device has been flagged as obsolete, users cannot go through official Apple channels to have repairs done.

NVDA 2017.2, the latest version of the free screen-reader used by tens of thousands of Windows users, became available as this episode was being compiled

The announcement, highlights and download options for this release is available at http://bit.ly/2qwDYHe

Thank you for your time and attention.