Video: What's new in iOS 11.4 beta 5: Is this the 'gold master?'

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Coming one week after beta four, the fifth iteration of iOS 11.4 has been released to developers. With a release expected soon, is this going to be the final beta?

iOS 11.4 AirPlay 2


As we approach the imminent release, fewer things are changed between each beta. A sole bug fix was discovered here in beta five, another fix to the volume icon within Control Center. This icon was broken with 11.4, then fixed, then partially broken, now fixed once more.





Since we are at beta five, this makes us wonder if this will be the final beta before release. It is notable that the build comes in at a whopping 2.2GB for an iPhone X, significantly above the 300-400Mb we usually see during the beta phase. A large download has historically been one of the signs that this is a near-final beta release, if not the actual gold master.

We expect Apple to release iOS 11.4 before WWDC, which is slated for the beginning of June. That points to a possible release late this week or one of the following two weeks.

As a comparison, the last major update to iOS, which was iOS 11.3, saw six betas during the testing phase. When iOS 11.4 is finally released, it will contain the long overdue Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2 features.

iOS 11.4 wasn't the only beta released, it was released alongside the latest betas tvOS 11.4, watchOS 4.3.1, and macoS 10.13.5.

Be sure to check out what changed in the last beta of iOS 11.4.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 13
    jcohjcoh Posts: 3member
    Not the GM.  Historically the GM didn’t include the feedback app.  Beta 5 still has it.  One more before final release. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 13
    ombra2105ombra2105 Posts: 113member
    I don't understand this novelty with regard to the volume icon... I'm on the public release of the 11.3.1 and the volume icon already animates according to how the slider is moved. So what is new in 11.4?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 13
    Andrew_OSUAndrew_OSU Posts: 184member, editor
    ombra2105 said:
    I don't understand this novelty with regard to the volume icon... I'm on the public release of the 11.3.1 and the volume icon already animates according to how the slider is moved. So what is new in 11.4?
    If you have followed along, it broke with the early 11.4 updates. Then they finally fixed it. Then... they broke it again. Now it is once more fixed. Believe me, it is ridiculous and I'd love to highlight something actually exciting, but it has, in fact, went back and forth several times throughout the betas.
    ombra2105
  • Reply 4 of 13
    Andrew_OSUAndrew_OSU Posts: 184member, editor
    jcoh said:
    Not the GM.  Historically the GM didn’t include the feedback app.  Beta 5 still has it.  One more before final release. 
    Yeah, so yes... with an asterisk.

    See, the beta also has the "a" at the end of the build number and additional characters removed before release.

    BUT, when we look at other point releases, such as the recent 11.3, beta 6 included both the feedback app, and the extra characters in the build number. Beta 6 was also the final build before being publicly released, essentially serving as the GM. So Apple may not issue a formal GM, instead just removing those in the finished build.
  • Reply 5 of 13
    jcohjcoh Posts: 3member
    jcoh said:
    Not the GM.  Historically the GM didn’t include the feedback app.  Beta 5 still has it.  One more before final release. 
    Yeah, so yes... with an asterisk.

    See, the beta also has the "a" at the end of the build number and additional characters removed before release.

    BUT, when we look at other point releases, such as the recent 11.3, beta 6 included both the feedback app, and the extra characters in the build number. Beta 6 was also the final build before being publicly released, essentially serving as the GM. So Apple may not issue a formal GM, instead just removing those in the finished build.
    Yes.  You may be correct. If so then there will be a final build download that should be “identical” to this version minus the feedback app.  We will see.  
  • Reply 6 of 13
    kruegdudekruegdude Posts: 172member
    In case someone else didn’t know, I’ll save you the trouble of looking it up. WWDC 2018 is June 4 - June 8.  
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 13
    There’s a major bug with the weather widget that isn’t fix and one with the 3D Touch I reported since the beginning of the first beta of iOS 11 I don’t understand why Apple ain’t listening to their customers. 
  • Reply 8 of 13
    Andrew_OSUAndrew_OSU Posts: 184member, editor
    jcoh said:
    jcoh said:
    Not the GM.  Historically the GM didn’t include the feedback app.  Beta 5 still has it.  One more before final release. 
    Yeah, so yes... with an asterisk.

    See, the beta also has the "a" at the end of the build number and additional characters removed before release.

    BUT, when we look at other point releases, such as the recent 11.3, beta 6 included both the feedback app, and the extra characters in the build number. Beta 6 was also the final build before being publicly released, essentially serving as the GM. So Apple may not issue a formal GM, instead just removing those in the finished build.
    Yes.  You may be correct. If so then there will be a final build download that should be “identical” to this version minus the feedback app.  We will see.  
    That’s most likely the case. Especially since they’ve been keeping HomePod features under wraps u til it releases. 
  • Reply 9 of 13
    Can0nfanCan0nfan Posts: 1member
    ombra2105 said:
    I don't understand this novelty with regard to the volume icon... I'm on the public release of the 11.3.1 and the volume icon already animates according to how the slider is moved. So what is new in 11.4?
    It animates a little different I found you can easily break it by sliding volume up and down fast a few times then reduce the volume very slowly to nothing. It won’t put the line through the speaker 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 13
    jcoh said:
    Not the GM.  Historically the GM didn’t include the feedback app.  Beta 5 still has it.  One more before final release. 
    It’s been my understanding that the feedback app is installed when you put the beta profile on your device. I didn’t think it had anything to do with what actual build you happen to be on. 
  • Reply 11 of 13
    libertyforalllibertyforall Posts: 1,244member
    How about an ability to mount Time Capsule shares from the Files app, Apple?!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 13
    matrix077matrix077 Posts: 554member
    Hopefully AirPlay 2 stays intact this time. Can’t wait to buy another HomePod for stereo setup at last. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 13
    Andrew_OSUAndrew_OSU Posts: 184member, editor
    matrix077 said:
    Hopefully AirPlay 2 stays intact this time. Can’t wait to buy another HomePod for stereo setup at last. 
    I think it will stay for a couple reasons.

    1) Last time it was removed halfway through the beta period, so far this has made it the entire time.

    2) They want, need, this out before WWDC. They can't go to WWDC where they announced it a year ago and say it is still unreleased.
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