Our new video guy Harris Craycraft takes a closer look at Apple’s first developer beta of iOS 11.4 for iPhone and iPad, providing a handy walkthrough of the new features, including the ClassKit framework, AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud and stereo HomePod support.
Here we go again. The elusive AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud and HomePod stereo pairing features have reappeared in the iOS 11.4 and tvOS 11.4 developer betas. But will they stick around through final release this team? Let’s hope they do. I mean, Apple has to release both AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud eventually, no?
Perhaps the two most eagerly anticipated iPhone and iPad features—Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2—are apparently not ready for prime time yet because they’re nowhere to be seen in the official iOS 11.3 changelog.
iOS 11.3 is inching closer and closer to release. Beta 3 is out with a few noticeable changes from the last beta two weeks ago. The biggest changes of note is the latest beta now supports the iPod Touch, and AirPlay 2 has been completely removed.
The HomePod does not natively support Spotify. You can’t use your voice to control playback like Apple Music. However, Spotify subscribers can fret not, as there is a simple way to stream your favorite music. See how for yourself in our hands-on video and tutorial.
iOS 11.3 brought a laundry list of new features to iPhone and iPad today, including iMessages in iCloud, new Animoji, new health features, ARKit enhancements and more. Among those is support for AirPlay 2.