Yesterday saw the release of iOS 11.4, which has been in the works for quite some time. Today, Apple pushed a new beta update for macOS, tvOS, iOS, and watchOS.
Unfortunately, this is not the first beta for iOS 12, which is slated to be unveiled next week at WWDC. Instead, here are the new software versions for each platform:
- iOS 11.4.1
- macOS 10.13.6
- tvOS 11.4.1
- watchOS 4.3.1
These betas are currently available through Apple’s Developer Portal but are not available for the “public” beta program. If you were looking for some juicy new features, then you will be disappointed.
READ MORE: What’s new in iOS 11.4
It seems that the updates for these platforms are simply bug fixes now that iOS 11.4 is out. For the unaware, iOS 11.4 includes AirPlay 2 support, along with Messages on iCloud.
AirPlay 2 is the hottest new feature to come to Apple products, which allows you to actually pair two HomePods for stereo sound. Additionally, you can use your iPhone and play the same song on both an Apple TV and HomePod at the same time.
Messages on iCloud is also a rather important inclusion as users will be able to view their messages all of the time. Both of these were expected to drop with iOS 11.3, but were delayed for various reasons.
WWDC and iOS 12
With WWDC 2018 set to kick off on Monday, June 4th, we are likely to see the first iOS 12 betas. Likely the biggest feature set to come to iOS 12 are cross-platform applications.
Rumors began swirling late last year which suggested that iOS and macOS applications would become one. It’s unknown how exactly this would work, but big things could be on the horizon.
The move would be extremely welcome considering the state of the Mac App Store. What was once seen as a great way to install applications on a Mac, has turned into a frustrating bag of tricks.
With the release of Apple’s latest software, we are also expecting to see quite a few enhancements. Apple will likely focus on improving stability and overall performance, in an effort to keep its users happy.
Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you are hoping to see next week at WWDC. We’ll be sure to return with plenty of coverage and bring you all of the ins and outs of what’s coming in the world of Apple.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.