Apple’s annual update to the iPhone is coming this fall.
But if you’re adventurous, you can try the software that will be powering the next iPhone right now. Apple opened up the beta for iOS 11 to everyone, not just software developers, on Monday.
To get started with iOS 11, you can sign up here. Beware — it’s still beta software, and not all of the bugs have been ironed out, so you might want to back up your phone first or wait for the official release in the fall.
But if you decide to take the plunge, you’ll find several new and nifty improvements to the way you use your iPhone.
Here are the 13 biggest changes:
1. A redesigned Control Center lets you swipe up to find the settings you use most often, and now it’s customizable.
2. Apple has changed the screenshot workflow, and now you can make screen-recording videos, too. Now screenshots go into the lower corner, and you can mark them up before sharing them. We used this feature to help put together this article.
3. There are a lot of Siri improvements in the latest version of iOS, but you’ll first notice that its voice has changed to be more realistic.
4. Now you can ask Siri to translate to Chinese, Spanish, French, German, or Italian, too.
5. Apple has added several new photo filters to give your pics a little bit more style.
6. Your notifications window is now the same as your lock screen.