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Apple releases first beta of iOS 11.4—Here’s what’s new

by Brandon Russell | April 2, 2018April 2, 2018 10:06 am PST

After releasing iOS 11.3 last week, Apple on Monday introduced the first beta for iOS 11.4. The newest release can be downloaded by developers and those who participate in Apple’s beta program.

It’s unclear what changes are featured in the newest software. Notably, Apple pulled Messages on iCloud from iOS 11.3 despite extensive testing over the last few months. We could finally see that feature arrive in the upcoming update, along with AirPlay 2.

With Apple’s education-centric event behind us, it’s likely we’ll see the company begin testing its Schoolwork app for students, which should be available over the summer.

With iOS 11.3, Apple rolled out four new Animoji, battery management features, and Business Chat for Messages, among other features. We’ll be sure to dig through Apple’s new release for any significant changes.

Update: Messages for iCloud has returned in the newest beta.

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iOS 11.4 release notes:


Known Issues

  • When streaming a video from the YouTube app via Airplay, audio might lag behind the video by 2-3 seconds. (36833829)
  • When streaming a video from the YouTube app to a single Apple TV, only the audio might play out of the Apple TV. (36833829)


Known Issues

  • Clients of NSURLSessionStreamTask that use a non-secure connection fail to connect when an error occurs during PAC file evaluation and the system is configured for either Web Proxy Auto Discovery (WPAD) or Proxy Automatic Configuration (PAC). A PAC evaluation failure can occur when the PAC file contains invalid JavaScript or the HTTP host serving the PAC file is unreachable. (33609198)
  • Workaround: Use startSecureConnection to establish a secure connection.


Known Issues

  • The shared web credentials API always returns the error “Autofill disabled”. (36989569)


Known Issues

  • In certain circumstances playback might get stuck at the end of the first track. (38806871)


Known Issues

  • Facial landmarks identified by the Vision framework may flicker in temporal use cases such as video. (32406440)


Known Issues

  • Debugging a disabled Messages extension may cause Messages to crash. (33657938)

  • Workaround: Before starting the debug session, enable the extension by tapping the More (…) button to show the list of apps, then tapping the Edit button, and then tapping the switch to turn on the extension.

  • After a simulated iOS device starts up, it’s not possible to pull down the Lock screen. (33274699)

  • Workaround: Lock and unlock the simulated device and then reopen Home screen.

Brandon Russell

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