‘Messages in iCloud’ Returns in First Beta of iOS 11.3

One of the most anticipated features of iOS 11 was “Messages in iCloud,” which Apple first showcased back in September of last year.

Unfortunately, the feature was removed from the fifth developer beta of iOS 11 last year, and despite the platform seeing plenty of updates since, that particular feature was apparently not ready for primetime. Apple promised it would arrive with a subsequent update to iOS 11, and it looks like iOS 11.3 will be the version number to launch the new feature.

As first reported today by MacRumors following the first developer beta seed of iOS 11.3, “Messages in iCloud” is once again a feature available in the mobile operating system. It is worth noting that Apple has specifically mentioned that this feature is included in iOS 11.3 for “testing and evaluation” purposes, which seems to indicate that the company might still be playing it safe with this particular feature, even in the very first developer beta.

The release notes for iOS 11.3 indicate that the software will prompt iOS users to turn on iCloud Messaging the first time they open the Messages app. If they do, it can help save space on their device by moving messages and pictures/video to iCloud for safe keeping.

“Messages in iCoud” will require users to turn on two-factor authentication if they don’t already have it on, and obviously iCloud Backup needs to be enabled as well.

Our Take

This is one feature that a lot of people have been waiting for, even beyond its announcement with iOS 11 last year. The fact that it has been delayed for so long is not good news at all, but at least Apple is finally bringing it to supported devices. We all just have to keep our fingers crossed that it actually launches to the public with iOS 11.3 this spring.

[image via MacRumors]