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?
The macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 update packs in several under-the-hood tweaks, a bunch of security fixes and some feature additions, including better support for external GPUs, Business Chat in Messages and more. Read the official release notes for detailed information.
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.
Anyone within earshot of your HomePod can invoke Siri and ask her to read your texts or send a message, set a reminder or make a note. Fortunately, you can stop your guests or mischievous family members from using these personal requests on your HomePod.
Find out how to put individual or group conversations on Do Not Disturb within the Messages app. This feature lets you set specific iMessage or SMS conversations on Do Not Disturb. You will still receive these messages, but you won’t be alerted about them.
iOS 11.3 brings back Messages on iCloud, a feature pulled from iOS 11 during the beta testing period last year. It saves storage space on your device, makes iPhone backups smaller and gets all your texts and iMessages upon signing into a new iPhone, iPad or Mac.
The iOS 11.3 developer beta is now available and it brings a host of smaller changes and a few new features, like expanded medical record integration, four new Animoji, ARKit enhancements and more. Unfortunately, the anticipated battery health and CPU throttling features will be coming in a later iOS 11.3 beta release.
Apple today took an unusual step of previewing some of the new features and enhancements coming to iOS 11.3 ahead of its public release sometime this spring, including all-new performance throttling and power management features.