How to Get iOS 11 Beta Free: Use Apple Beta Software Program to test iOS 11 before iPhone 8 release

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Apple released a prototype of new mobile operating system iOS 11 on Monday during the annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California. The first beta is meant for developers only, but what about consumers?

For the rest of us, the public beta for iOS 11 is reportedly scheduled for a July release. In an official capacity, however, Apple has said the public beta is "coming soon."

You can get your hands on the iOS 11 beta for free by signing up for the Apple Beta Software Program. This program allows you to "take part in shaping Apple software by test-driving prerelease versions."

To get involved with the Apple Beta Software Program, you first need to sign up using your Apple ID. Then, you can access the public beta software and provide feedback to Apple using the built-in Feedback Assistant app.

Just remember: The beta software is not the official version, so it's bound to have bugs and glitches. As such, Apple recommends backing up your device prior to installing the beta software.

"Please note that since the public beta software has not yet been commercially released by Apple, it may contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially released software," Apple wrote on its website.

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