Apple iOS 11.4: here is all we know so far

Apple iOS 11.4: here is all we know so far
iOS 11.3 is already out and Apple has now officially confirmed that there will be at least one more point iOS 11 update and that would be iOS 11.4.

This is the first point-four update for iOS software in years, as the last one actually happened with iOS 8 way back in 2014. Then, Apple introduced Apple Music to iOS, which was quite a big announcement, so don't rule out major features for this upcoming update either. Usually, Apple limits itself to less than five point updates, so iOS 11.4 is also expected to be the last major iOS 11 update before the big announcement of iOS 12 that traditionally happens in the summer.

Apple is also said to be changing its schedule and this year it will work on improving stability and fixing bugs rather than rushing new features to the market.

With all this in mind, what new features are actually coming to iOS 11.4? And when will it be released? We round-up what we know and what rumors say right below.

Officially confirmed: ClassKit

Apple has officially confirmed the first iOS 11.4 feature on its developer portal and that is ClassKit. The announcement came as part of Apple's March Education event and here is what this new kit will do:

Expected: AirPlay 2

With AirPlay 2, you will be able to wirelessly stream audio from an iPhone or iPad to multiple devices simultaneously, so you could have two HomePods blasting out sound together for a fuller, more refined sound experience, or you can have a HomePod and an Apple TV connected simultaneously for multi-room audio.

Interestingly, AirPlay 2 was available to try in iOS 11.3 beta 1 and beta 2, but apparently Apple engineers could not finalize the feature in time and it will launch with a future iOS update, likely iOS 11.4.

Expected: Messages on iCloud

Messages on iCloud was another feature that some expected might land in iOS 11.3, but it did not, which naturally pushes expectations that Apple will introduce it in iOS 11.4.

Messages on iCloud is as simple and straightforward as it sounds: the ability for iMessage to store conversations and attachments online. The big benefit of having this feature is that when you switch to a new device, you will have all your chat history and files preserved. This is a feature that many other messaging services support, but Apple will clearly want to ensure proper privacy for your chat history and that might be one reason why the company is taking its time with this.

iOS 11.4 release date

We expect Apple to start publishing beta versions of the iOS 11.4 software in the near future, while the final, public version of the iOS 11.4 update will likely come in a few months.

There is no official release date just yet, but we would not be surprised if Apple brought the update a bit before its annual WWDC 2018 developer conference, which starts on June 4th.



1. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

How are we hearing about 11.4 before getting 11.3 does that mean 11.3 is no good??? How are we suppose to have faith in 11.3 since they already working on bug fixing in 11.4

2. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

Treat 11.3 as part 1 of part 2 of the update and 11.3 as part 2. iOS 11.3 is great for iphone users as this fixes a lot of bugs and stuttering happening for iOS 11 as a whole (redditors and everythingapplepro are reporting good things regarding ios 11.3) . This serves as a precursor as well for iOS 12 (codenamed Peace) which will most likely be announce on September.

5. garrettd

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 31, 2018

iOS 11.3 is a bug fix release with a couple of conveniences. iOS 11.4 will obviously fix bugs they find along the way but it only exists for more features. iOS 11.4 is not a bug fix release but will fix a few bugs because every update fixes a few bugs at the very least.

3. Not_Amused321

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

Ios 11.3 is already out since yesterday..fixed all my 6s bugs from 11.2.6... Weary about 11.4 I'm sticking with 11.3

4. NinoH

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

I have ios 11.3 beta for a month now and it’s great.Everything is a lot snappier and bugs have been ironed out so i would recommend everybody to download it and enjoy!

6. meiscollinj

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Just for the record, Messages in iCloud did make it into iOS 11.3. I have been running 11.3 for months now, and even at this moment, with not further updates available (meaning i have updated to the current version), I have Messages in iCloud. You can see a "Messages" toggle in your iCloud settings. It is there :)

7. meiscollinj

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Update* my apologies, turns out they decided not to give iCloud messages to the public...

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