Apple Seeds Second Beta of iOS 11.4 to Developers

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Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 11.4 update to developers, two weeks after releasing the first beta and three weeks 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 will support new features announced at Apple's March 27 event.

For standard 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 and sync them across devices.

There's also support for 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 the HomePod, there are signs of support for stereo sound, but stereo sound is not currently available as it requires 11.4 HomePod software not available for developers.

iOS 11.3, the previous update, introduces 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: Mentions of the non-functional HomePod stereo pairing feature have been removed in iOS 11.4 beta 2, and Apple has added a new (PRODUCT)RED wallpaper for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

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cwagdev

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Is their endless failure to launch iMessages in the cloud the reason iMessages have been ****ed up in all of iOS11 so far? Even with 11.3 I still get out of order or missing messages. It's beyond pathetic by now.
This is a good thing. They need to get it right. There’s a lot at play with iMessage’s encryption features.
 
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It includes support for Messages on iCloud, designed to store your iMessages in iCloud and sync them across devices.
How is this different than what happens now? I get all my messages across all my devices, and if I read them on one device they are marked read and the notification goes away on my other devices. What is this new messages on iCloud adding? The ability to read them when I don't have any of my devices?

That sounds like a security nightmare for a fairly niche benefit.
 

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How is this different than what happens now? I get all my messages across all my devices, and if I read them on one device they are marked read and the notification goes away on my other devices. What is this new messages on iCloud adding? The ability to read them when I don't have any of my devices?

That sounds like a security nightmare for a fairly niche benefit.
iCloud messages is new, you can not have the features you mentioned before on lets say 11.1/2/3
 

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Is their endless failure to launch iMessages in the cloud the reason iMessages have been ****ed up in all of iOS11 so far? Even with 11.3 I still get out of order or missing messages. It's beyond pathetic by now.
Why are you acting like you understand the reason for not launching it, as if you know it’s somehow related to a lack of competency?
 

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iCloud messages is new, you can not have the features you mentioned before on lets say 11.1/2/3
OK - well I do. It has been doing those things ever since I got my iPhone X. None of that is new. Maybe it's because of Digits, but all my messages already sync across all my devices.

And I don't understand the date structure you listed. I can't have it until November 1st to the 3rd?