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Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 11.4 to Developers [Updated]

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 11.4 update to developers, a little under a week after releasing iOS 11.3, an update that introduced a wide range of new features like Battery Health for monitoring the status of your iPhone's battery, Business Chat in Messages, ARKit 1.5 with augmented reality improvements, new Animoji on iPhone X, Health Records from participating medical providers, and more.

Registered developers can download the new iOS 11.4 beta from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center. It appears there's currently a bug preventing the beta profile from being downloaded, but it should be addressed soon.


It's not yet clear what new features will be included in the iOS 11.4 beta aside from the new ClassKit framework Apple introduced at its March event, but we are waiting on several features to be added to iOS 11, including iCloud Messages and AirPlay 2, functionality that has popped up in previous betas and then disappeared before release.

We don't yet know if any of these features will be introduced in iOS 11.4, but we'll update this post once we download the beta and discover what's new.

What's new in iOS 11.4 Beta 1: Messages on iCloud is present in the iOS 11.4 beta after being removed from iOS 11.3 ahead of its release, as are AirPlay 2 features. Apple TV devices are once again listed in the Home app, an AirPlay 2 option.

Stereo support for the HomePod is included, but the feature doesn't work properly as it requires unreleased HomePod software.



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9 months ago
As always, Messages in iCloud will waltz in like a diva, make a quick appearance, and be gone with the wind soon after
Rating: 25 Votes
9 months ago

How is the battery in this update?


As snappy as safari.
Rating: 23 Votes
9 months ago
I am always a sucker for these fresh new betas. My iphone runs fairly well on 11.3 yet I can't leave well enough alone! All aboard the beta adventure!
Rating: 13 Votes
9 months ago

I'm writing off iOS 11 as a total loss.

It's ridiculous to have to sit through 6+ months of a messed up OS just to have a functional device, for which I regret paying $1,149.

Beautiful hardware doesn't mean jack when the OS is junk.

Sigh, these extremist views are getting so tiresome.
Rating: 10 Votes
9 months ago

You guys will whine either way if it's released when they are obviously not ready yet.

You guys will defend no matter what... Apple messed up, this feature was announced almost a year ago. If it still needs this much work, they should have never announced it in the original iOS 11 keynote.
Rating: 10 Votes
9 months ago
Hopefully AirPlay 2 and iMessages in the cloud
Rating: 9 Votes
9 months ago

You guys will defend no matter what... Apple messed up, this feature was announced almost a year ago. If it still needs this much work, they should have never announced it in the original iOS 11 keynote.


Agree, they shouldn't announce features that aren't ready to ship that day. I really miss the old days when Steve would say "available today" or "pre-order today, available on Friday."

However, this massive delay makes me think there was some intervening event we aren't privy to. For example, Apple has been really harping about the whole security thing. What if in September an engineer found an exploit that could compromise all iMessages in the cloud messages? What if the exploit wasn't something that could be easily patched, and required a proper "back to the drawing board" approach?
Rating: 7 Votes
9 months ago
AirPlay 2 please.
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago
I'm writing off iOS 11 as a total loss.

It's ridiculous to have to sit through 6+ months of a messed up OS just to have a functional device, for which I regret paying $1,149.

Beautiful hardware doesn't mean jack when the OS is junk.
Rating: 5 Votes
9 months ago

Not knowing what is in these is like App updates that only say "Bug Fixes". Really? Why not add a little more detail.


Well, given that this is a developer beta, if you are installing it you *should* have access to the release notes via their developer page. And you also technically can't disclose the contents of those notes as you're under NDA.
Rating: 5 Votes

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