As expected, Apple has officially seeded iOS 11.4 beta 2 to registered developers and testers. This second pre-release seed offers yet another chance for testers to put iOS 11.4 through its paces on all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.
The updated version of iOS 11.4 firmware follows on from the original release earlier this month, and Apple isn’t really letting developers and testers off the hook at the moment. Just as how iOS 11.3 was released to the public after a long testing period, the release of iOS 11.4 was hinted at during the company’s education event in Chicago, Illinois.
At the finishing of that event, Apple pushed out the first developer seed of iOS 11.4, and it contained access to most of the education-based announcements at that event, and especially for the newly announced iPad 6, alongside bug fixes and other improvements designed to be tested throughout by the community prior to a public release.
In fact, the pre-release seed of iOS 11.4 immediately showed up AirPlay 2 again. After being announced along with HomePod at last year’s WWDC, many people thought we’d already had this deployed to production by now. However, AirPlay 2 has appeared in many versions of iOS 11 since that announcement but has been pulled from every single one of them before it actually gets into the hands of the public. Same goes for Messages on iCloud feature which, too, makes a comeback of sorts with iOS 11.4.
Speaking of AirPlys 2, Home app in iOS 11 also hints at AirPort Express getting AirPlay 2 support for speakers connected through its 3.5mm auxiliary port. Let’s hope that they are both here to stay this time around.
Apple also using iOS 11.4 as a release candidate, announced ClassKit APIs, available as part, which is new framework by the company designed to help teachers easily discover and link to educational features within third-party applications. ClassKit has already been equipped into a number of Apple’s first-party (stock) apps but can now be explored and consumed by developers.
Although the iOS 11.4 isn’t evidently a huge upgrade in terms of the volume of features and functionality that it includes. Though, the areas that it does explore and the new functionality that it offers means that this an extremely notable update that should eventually be tested stringently ahead of release to the general public.
For those planning and wanting to test this latest version, and for who already have beta configuration profile installed on their device, the second pre-release seed is available to download right now (Settings > General > Software Update) section of the device. Alternatively, you can download the IPSW file from developer.apple.com as a registered developer of Apple Developer Program and update using iTunes.
Unfortunately, iOS 11.4 beta 2 isn’t available to testers of Apple Beta Software Program yet but when it does, we’ll let you know. Stay tuned.
Update x1: watchOS 4.3.1 beta 2 and tvOS 11.4 beta 2 are also available to download over-the-air.
Update x2: You can also know what has changed in iOS 11.4 beta 2: Here’s iOS 11.4 Beta 2 Release Notes and Changes, New In This Release.
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