Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 11.4 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming iOS 11.4 update to developers, one week after seeding the third beta and over a month after releasing iOS 11.3, a major update that introduced several new features.

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.

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The iOS 11.4 update introduces a new ClassKit framework for educational institutions, which supports new features announced at Apple's March 27 education-focused event.

For regular users, the iOS 11.4 update adds features that were originally present in the iOS 11.3 beta but removed ahead of release.

It includes support for Messages on iCloud, designed to store your iMessages in iCloud rather than on each individual device, allowing for improved syncing capabilities. Currently, incoming iMessages are sent to all devices where you're signed in to your Apple ID, but there is no true cross-device syncing.

Messages on iCloud will allow you to download all of your iMessages on new devices, and a message deleted on one device will remove it on all devices. Older messages and attachments are also stored in iCloud rather than on-device, saving valuable storage space.

The iOS 11.4 update also includes AirPlay 2 features, with the Apple TV once again available in the Home app. With AirPlay 2, the same audio content can be played in multiple rooms on devices that support AirPlay 2. AirPlay 2 includes a feature that lets you ask Siri on one device to play content on another AirPlay 2-enabled device. So, for example, you can ask Siri on iPhone to play content on your Apple TV in another room if you're running the iOS 11.4 and tvOS 11.4 betas.

There were initially signs of support for HomePod stereo sound in the first iOS 11.4 beta, a long-promised feature, but stereo sound didn't work properly and the mention was removed in the second beta. It's not clear if it will return for the update's release.

For the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, there is a new (PRODUCT)RED wallpaper available, which is not available on iPhone X.

iOS 11.3, the previous update to iOS 11, introduced a new Battery Health feature for monitoring the status of your iPhone's battery, Business Chat for iMessage, which lets you communicate with companies directly in the Messages app, ARKit 1.5 with augmented reality improvements, new Animoji on iPhone X, Health Records from participating medical providers, and more.

Update: Apple has made a new version of iOS 11.4 available to public beta testers.

Top Rated Comments

cmaier Avatar
37 months ago
Likely, since it's not all that long till we start seeing iOS 12 betas.
Would be nice if iOS 11 had all announced features from the last WWDC before they start announcing features for iOS 12 at the next WWDC.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
itsmilo Avatar
37 months ago
Looking forward to the release without iCloud Messages next week!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ds6778 Avatar
37 months ago
Would be nice if iOS 11 had all announced features from the last WWDC before they start announcing features for iOS 12 at the next WWDC.
This. The fact that half of iOS 11 greatest features were completely missing when it went public is embarrassing. No excuses. Don't announce or release it if it's not ready.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kuwxman Avatar
37 months ago
beta 3 was not good. My X would freeze and become totally unresponsive pretty regularly. Never could track down what the culprit was. Hopefully beta 4 is better!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
McTool Avatar
37 months ago
Battery life is awesome.
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With all the updates we have had in IOS 11 what possibly could be left as a selling factor for IOS 12
Selling factor? It’s free.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kognito Avatar
37 months ago
I sense the end is near for the beta process. Within two weeks?
Likely, since it's not all that long till we start seeing iOS 12 betas.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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