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

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Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 11.4 update to developers, one week after seeding the fourth beta and more than 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.


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 also released a new version of iOS 11.4 for public beta testers.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 11.4 to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]
 

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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.

Article Link: Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 11.4 to Developers

Yes please! I've been waiting for this feature for a while. I guess we all have....
 

tagmut

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Yes please! I've been waiting for this feature for a while. I guess we all have....

Except Apple Watch.....
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I hope this fixes the USB photos syncing issues between iTunes and many iOS devices that have been plaguing people since at least September.

iCloud messages will be a great feature to clean out Apple Watch messages.

(See:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8079251
)

Does not sync with Apple watch when deleting messages, only incoming...unless it does with this latest release
 
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miniyou64

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11.3.1 definitely made changes to accessibility settings without the user doing anything
 

moabal

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I hope this fixes the USB photos syncing issues between iTunes and many iOS devices that have been plaguing people since at least September.

iCloud messages will be a great feature to clean out Apple Watch messages.

(See:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8079251
)


Can someone clarify for me something? I keep getting conflicting answers. Does iOS 11.4 Beta clean out Apple Watch Messages as well? I heard it only syncs across Mac (for its newest beta version), iPhone , iPad. However, the Watch is not included.

Thanks.
 

GregJohn

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This may be a version of the gm but Apple commonly has betas with large sizes. I’d expect probably another release in one or 2 weeks that is the gm and a public release before or on the first day of WWDC
 
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