Apple seeded iOS 11.4 beta 1 to developers earlier today. We take a look at all the new and hidden features that will be available in the upcoming update.
iOS 11.4 beta 1 includes two of the most long-awaited features.
Messages on iCloud
We’ve all been waiting for the Messages on iCloud feature since June 2017. It was included in iOS 11.3 beta as well, but it wasn’t included in iOS 11.3 which was released to the public last week possibly because it was quite buggy in the beta versions.
For heavy iMessage users, this feature promises to get rid of 4-8 GB of conversations without actually having to delete anything. It also reduces the frustration of manually moving iMessage conversations every time you get a new phone.
According to Apple, Messages on iCloud will “just work”. All iMessages will be saved in your iCloud account and only the latest messages will be available on your device. But as you scroll up or search for something, you’ll find your entire archive there. This feature will also put an end to all of your Apple devices showing completely different iMessage conversations.
When you open Messages app after upgrading to iOS 11.4, you’ll see a splash screen asking you to enable iMessages in iCloud. You’ll first need to enable 2-factor authentication to use this feature. Once it’s enabled, you’ll see a progress bar for your upload at the bottom of the Messages app.
AirPlay 2 Multi-Room Support
Apple has included AirPlay 2 in iOS 11.4 beta 1 as well. AirPlay 2’s multi-room playback feature allows users to output the same audio to different devices. Say for instance you have two Apple TVs connected to stereo systems in two different rooms, plus a HomePod. You’ll be able to blast music on all three devices at the same time via your iPhone.
Stereo Support for HomePod
iOS 11.4 beta 1 also includes Stereo support for HomePod, which means you will be able to add another two HomePod to create a stereo pair. However, it won’t work properly until the corresponding software update for HomePod is available.
What else to Expect?
iOS 11.4 should be the last major update for iOS 11 as we expect Apple to shift focus to iOS 12, which will be unveiled at the WorldWide Developer Conference 2018 that kicks off on June 4.
In addition to the features mentioned above, Apple has also said that it will also fix the privacy bug which allows Siri to read hidden messages on the Lock screen in an upcoming software update. So it will most likely be fixed in iOS 11.4.
We will continue to update the post as we discover new features and improves so stay tuned. Let us know if you have installed iOS 11.4 beta and discovered any new features and improvements.
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