Apple today began rolling out the fifth beta of iOS 11.4 to registered beta testers for debugging on the iPhone and iPad before an initial release to the public. This comes a week after the fourth build hit devices.
To install the new build on your registered device, head over to Settings > General > Software Update. Tap “Download and install” next to the iOS 11.4 beta listing and you’ll be good to go. I recommend jumping on a Wi-Fi network first alongside plugging in your device beforehand as a) you don’t want data overcharges on your bill and b) you don’t want your phone or tablet to die during the installation process.
In iOS 11.4, Apple brings back iMessage in the Cloud, a feature that was initially previewed in iOS 11.3 but removed before the update could reach the public. We’re also seeing frequent mentions of AirPlay 2 and hints that stereo support for multiple Apple HomePods is on its way. Of course, an array of bug fixes and security improvements are also present.
Considering how big this build is (around 2GB for all users), it’s likely this is one of the last (if not the last) beta of iOS 11.4 before it gets released to the public. Of course, we can’t confirm this since we’re just speculating, but if history is any indication, look out for word regarding the update’s beginning to roll out to the public.
We’ll let you know of any other changes worth noting in future updates to this article.
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