Apple Releases First Beta of iOS 11.4 for Public Beta Testers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 11.4 update to its public beta testing group, one day after seeding the beta to developers and a little under a week after releasing iOS 11.3, the last major update to the iOS 11 operating system.

Beta testers who are members of Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 11.3 beta update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on an iOS device.


Those who want to join the beta testing program can sign up on Apple's beta testing website, which gives users access to iOS, macOS, and tvOS betas. iOS betas are not always stable and should not be installed on a primary device.

iOS 11.4 is going to look a lot like iOS 11.3 because several features that were removed from iOS 11.3 ahead of its release have been re-introduced in iOS 11.4.

The update includes support for AirPlay 2 features, allowing you to play the same song on multiple devices and adding the Apple TV to the Home app, plus it offers Messages on iCloud.

Messages on iCloud was present throughout the iOS 11.3 beta testing period, but it did not make it into release. The feature is designed to let you store your iMessages in iCloud, syncing them across devices and saving valuable storage space.

Stereo sound in HomePod is also an available feature, but it is not functional at this time as Apple has not provided the 11.4 HomePod software to developers or public beta testers.

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32 months ago

When I used to install the betas, I'd call Apple with a technical question about my iPhone (under AppleCare warranty) and the person on the other end would say that since I installed the beta they couldn't help me (regardless of the problem). I would first have to reinstall the last sanctioned OS. Basically, once I installed the beta, any problem with my phone was MY problem, not theirs.

You're looking at it from a skewed point of view. If the beta is possibly causing the issue then it makes perfect sense for them to ask you during troubleshooting to revert to a non-beta release to diagnose it. Hardware is still perfectly under warranty.

When my touchscreen died they didn't require me to revert it to a stable release. It was a known issue and they swapped my iPhone out immediately.
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32 months ago

Someone let me know how it is... finally have a somewhat stable iOS with 11.3 and dont wanna run into more stupid issues.

your phone will explode.
you should stay on 11.3

that said, if you are afraid of bugs, you should also stay with the latest public release.
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32 months ago

I enjoyed checking out the betas until I discovered Apple basically invalidates AppleCare if you install one. I don't understand their reasoning, but I guess I'll just wait for the official releases.

How come? Mind developing this a bit further? I’ve never had this problem and I use betas since the very beginning of the public beta program.
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32 months ago
New bugs loading :)
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32 months ago

Ipod Touch 5 is still on ios7
Ipad Air is still on ios8

I've been wary of breaking existing software, but even more so, it just didn't seem worth it (even though they're all free updates) since many of the features were only applicable to Iphones (vs. Ipod Touches), while I'm not sure many of the updates will be really applicable for an Ipad 4 generations old.

Well, hopefully you aren't doing any personal banking or keeping any other sensitive information on those old devices then - because there have been some major security holes discovered in iOS since the iOS 7 days.
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32 months ago
Apple TV on the Home app?
Colour me intrigued.
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