Apple’s iOS 11 is going to bring with it a host of new features, one of which is the ability to record whatever is happening on its screen natively without requiring any computer, third-party app or jailbreak.

That’s great and all, but it now appears that Apple may be considering giving users the ability to also live stream the contents of their screen, rather than simply record it.

The news comes after it was discovered that in the latest release, iOS 11 beta 3, Apple has added a feature below the previous Screen Recording option, with the new entry reading Start Broadcast. Right now, the button does nothing, and while some have posited that this may be for AirPlay streaming, there is already a button for exactly that in Control Center, so we are less than convinced that this is what is going on here.

More likely is the possibility that this new ability to stream an iOS device’s screen contents is designed for third-party apps, such as games. Streaming games to services like YouTube Gaming and Twitch is big business, and being able to share content right from an iPhone or iPad’s screen is something that would be of benefit to developers of other apps, too.

Considering the fact the button exists as of iOS 11 beta 3 but is not yet functional, we suspect that will change in due course, although it is far from guaranteed that the feature will come to fruition in time for beta 4. With iOS 11 due to ship to users at some point in September though, there are only so many beta releases left before Apple needs to lock down its feature set and get on with optimization.

As we mentioned recently, despite improvements in the current beta release iOS 11, it is still in need of some work as far as speed and responsiveness is concerned. We have no doubt Apple will sort all that out before September, though.

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