iOS 11 Public Beta 2, macOS High Sierra Public Beta 2 Available to Download

Jul 12, 2017 - 7 Comments

iOS 11 public beta and macOS High Sierra public beta

Apple has released the second public beta releases of macOS High Sierra and iOS 11 to users enrolled in the public beta testing programs.


The new beta builds appear to focus primarily on resolving various bugs, along with minor adjustments to various features introduced to earlier betas of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra 10.13.

The public beta builds arrive a few days after the developer releases of iOS 11 beta 3 and macOS High Sierra beta 3 were made available, but otherwise appear to be largely the same.

iOS 11 public beta 2 can be found to download now via the iOS Settings app within the Software Update mechanism.

MacOS 10.13 High Sierra Public Beta 2 is available via the Updates tab in the Mac App Store.

The public beta program is open to anyone who chooses to enroll and participate, but be forewarned that beta releases of system software are notoriously unreliable and less stable than a final release. It’s easy to install iOS 11 public beta and similarly simple to install the MacOS High Sierra public beta, but be absolutely certain you follow the beta testing directions and backup the devices and all important data before attempting to run beta system software. Generally speaking, beta system software should not be run by casual users, as beta builds are suited for advanced users who don’t mind experimental software builds.

Separately, tvOS 11 public beta 2 is also available for users interested in beta testing new system software on their Apple TV.

Final versions of macOS High Sierra and iOS 11 will be released to the general public this fall.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X, News

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  1. John Merrill says:

    What’s the MacOs 10.13 beta 2 build number?

  2. M Sterling says:

    Oddly, I went to the App Store to update from Beta v1 to Beta v2. But at the completion of the process, the App Store is showing that Beta v3 is installed. I have a Public Beta profile, not a Developer one.

  3. drbrdunnmd says:

    i have an old version on my imac10.6.8 what can i do to get an up date am retired due to a brain stroke.thanks regards brian

    • JJ says:

      drbrdunnmd, to update system software you can go to the  Apple menu and then choose “Software Update” and install what is available there. For Snow Leopard, 10.6.8 is the latest version, but there may be a security update or something similar available.

      If the Mac is compatible you could update to an entirely new MacOS release (say Mavericks or Sierra) but for a lot of users there is not much benefit to do so, other than staying current. Sometimes a major update is required to use compatible software, or to gain access to a particularly helpful new feature. But this doesn’t always apply to everyone.

      The saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” often applies to software updates. As long as what you currently have is working well for you, and you practice reasonable security precautions (don’t download weird files, don’t install untrusted stuff, etc) you should be fine.

      I would definitely not recommend installing a beta system software release, they are too unreliable and offer a bad experience for most users. A final release is definitely a better choice.

      Personally I have several Macs, and some are on old system software like 10.6.8, 10.8, 10.11.5, and some are on the latest releases.

      Take care and be well!

  4. HRS says:

    I have Public Beta 1 installed, did not upgrade to Public Beta 2 as I was away.
    Attempted to do the update on my return using Software Update – the update does not appear
    Have tried getter games the machine re-registered using the install tool. The download start, but when you click open you get a message as follows:
    Installation of macOS could not continue.​

    Installation requires downloading important content. That content can’t be downloaded at this time. Try again later.​

    I have retried and have had no luck

    Any suggestions

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