iOS 11 developer beta 5 released: Here's what's new

Next month will bring iOS 11, and ahead of that launch is the beta release for developers. Apple has just pushed out iOS 11 beta 5, making it available for anyone who has access to the beta software; this, of course, follows the fourth beta released only a couple weeks ago. Among the changes with this edition is a removal of iCloud Messages, but only temporarily.

This fifth beta, of course, is only meant for testing purposes; you shouldn't install it on your everyday device unless you're prepared to deal with issues. Assuming you have the right configuration profile, the update will make its way to your testing device over the air; otherwise, you can head over to Apple's website and download it directly.

As noted above, Apple has decided to temporarily remove iCloud Messages, though the feature will be returning to iOS 11 in the future. The favorites that were found in beta 4's Health app are also gone. Those changes aside, Apple has introduced plenty of bug fixes, correcting issues related to AirPlay, including the app crashing bug; the Calendar app's crashing issue should also be fixed this time around.

Other changes include explainer splash screens for the iPad's multi-tasking features and Portrait Mode. Icons were tweaked, namely the Settings icon has a somewhat darker background while the Camera icon's lines were removed; there's also an entirely new wave icon in the Control Center's 'Now Playing' for changing speakers. Users can also swipe 'open' on an alert to launch its related app.

Apple is gearing up to launch a bunch of new products next month, not the least of which is the hotly anticipated anniversary edition of the iPhone, for now tentatively known as the iPhone 8. Ahead of the product launches come some big leaks from Apple itself, specifically from the company's HomePod code, which has seemingly tipped the existence of a new upcoming Apple Watch that will sport LTE connectivity, as well as a 4K version of the Apple TV that'll support Dolby Vision and HDR10 (that itself following past leaks suggesting as much).

SOURCE: Apple Beta Program