Apple on Thursday seeded the sixth beta of iOS 11.4 update to developers and public beta testers, three days after seeding the fifth beta and more than a month after releasing iOS 11.3, a major update that introduced several new features.
The iOS 11.4 update introduces AirPlay 2, Messages on iCloud and ClassKit. It also brings about a new security feature called USB Restricted mode, aimed at protecting user privacy from physical device access. For now, we’re more interested in what new features we could have to play with, so we’re going to keep our eyes peeled for anything of interest. Check out the complete set of release notes below.
Update x1: AirPlay 2 is back in iOS 11.4 betas after being removed from iOS 11.3. Will require HomePod (on firmware 11.4) or Apple TV on tvOS 11.4 to function.
Update x2: We can confirm that Messages on iCloud is also back in this release after being removed in final version of iOS 11.3.
Update x3: Stereo-pairing is available for HomePod in the Home app but only if HomePod is running 11.4 firmware.
Update x4: ClassKit framework’s APIs are now available.
With six betas having been released, we are nearing the end of the beta testing period. iOS 11.4 is likely to see a public launch in the next few weeks.
The newly released iOS 11.4 beta 6 is now available to download from Apple’s Developer Center or over-the-air once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Developer Center.