It looks as if simply yesterday that Apple lastly pushed the iOS 11.three improve to the final inhabitants and started work on iOS 11.four, however the world turns shortly, and we’re already on iOS 11.four beta three. This replace is all about lastly implementing options that Apple has been teasing for months, together with higher iMessage syncing, AirPlay 2 wi-fi audio, and multi-room help for the HomePod.
Anyone on the developer beta channel can go obtain iOS 11.four beta three proper now, because it’s accessible as an over-the-air replace. We’re nonetheless trying via the discharge notes to see if there’s any shock presents or if that is all simply bug fixes, however you don’t have to attend to obtain. Anyone already on the developer beta channel can go to Settings–>General–>Software Update, and you have to be prompted to obtain and set up the replace.
Most notably, iOS 11.four seems to lastly comprise AirPlay 2, the up to date model of Apple’s wi-fi streaming service. Apple initially included AirPlay 2 within the iOS 11.three betas, however the function was eliminated earlier than iOS 11.three launched to the general public. iOS 11.four seems to be an replace being crafted to get AirPlay 2 into shopper’s palms as quickly as potential.
AirPlay 2 is an up to date model of the unique AirPlay protocol, and it most significantly introduces multi-room and stereo pairing to the HomePod. Those are two huge options that have been lacking from the HomePod at launch, however which Apple promised to make accessible by way of software program updates as quickly as potential. Since we all know that AirPlay 2 was prepared sufficient to be initially included within the iOS 11.three replace, it’s a good guess that iOS 11.four will push out to shoppers pretty quickly.
Messages in iCloud is one other long-promised function that’s making an look in iOS 11.four. Currently, iMessages are technically imagined to sync between all of your totally different units, however the messages are saved domestically, making the syncing inconsistent at finest. Anyone who jumps between an iPad and iPhone for messaging can in all probability admire how dangerous it may be.
With Messages in iCloud, Apple is making an attempt to maneuver the system to a central cloud-based service, which might work extra like Facebook Messenger or one other cloud-based service. The rollout hasn’t been seamless, nevertheless, and it looks as if Apple is struggling to make a service safe, personal, and…