Apple’s confirmed a new iOS 11.4 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
iOS 11.3 is still pretty fresh, but that hasn’t stopped Apple from prepping another major milestone upgrade for iOS 11 users.
iOS 11.4 is the company’s fourth milestone iOS 11 update and the upgrade will likely serve as the bridge between iOS 11 and iOS 12. It could also be the last major update for older devices like the iPhone 5s.
In this guide to iOS 11.4 we’ll take you through the most important things to know. It includes a look at iOS 11.4’s known changes, the iOS 11.4 release date, the iOS 11.4 beta, and the iOS 11.4 release time for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
iOS 11.4 Beta
If you don’t want to wait for the iOS 11.4 release date you don’t have to. You can try the iOS 11.4 update on your device right now ahead of the official release.
Apple’s iOS 11.4 beta is now available for paid developers and those in the Beta Software Program. The Beta Software Program is free and simply requires an Apple ID.
If you’re interested in trying the iOS 11.4 update ahead of its official release date, check out our pre-installation guide. It’ll help you prepare. You’ll also want to check out our reasons to, and not to, install the iOS 11.4 beta on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Trying the iOS 11.4 update before its release date is tempting, but most people should stay put on official iOS software like iOS 11.3.
If you do decide to try the iOS 11.4 beta, you’ll want to report any issues you see to Apple. This way, Apple can improve the final version.
Apple is currently on iOS 11.4 beta 2.
iOS 11.4 Release Date
It’ll probably be a few weeks before the official version of iOS 11.4 is released to the public.
Apple hasn’t confirmed an official iOS 11.4 release date or release window so there’s no telling how long the update will stay in beta testing. Milestone upgrades like iOS 11.4 often stay in beta for six weeks or more before they roll out worldwide.
It’s also unclear if we’ll get a release date ahead of time. Apple typically reserves iOS release date announcements for media events.
But it still says iOS 11.4 beta on this page. I’d bet it it gets seeded fairly soon and released around June alongside the new education apps announced last week. https://t.co/IXPRZHkT0Y
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) March 30, 2018
The next known media event is WWDC 2018 in early June where the company will likely focus on iOS 12. That said, insiders are already predicting an iOS 11.4 release in and around the event.
iOS 11.4 Release Time
We don’t have a precise iOS 11.4 release date to share, but we do know exactly what to expect from the iOS 11.4 release time.
The iOS 11.3 update will likely arrive around 10AM Pacific. Apple will also release iOS 11.4 beta updates for developers and those in the Beta Software Program in and around 10AM Pacific.
The company usually releases new beta updates every 1-2 weeks though releases typically come quicker once the update’s release date gets close.
Here’s what you can expect from the iOS 11.4 release time in the United States and countries around the world:
- Eastern – 1 PM
- Central – 12 PM
- Mountain – 11AM
- London – 6 PM
- Moscow – 9 PM
- New Delhi – 10:30 PM
- Shanghai – 1 AM
- Tokyo – 2 AM
- Melbourne – 3 AM
- Auckland – 5 AM
iOS 11.4 Update: What’s New
iOS 11.4 is a milestone upgrade which means it should deliver a collection of features, enhancements, bug fixes, and security patches.
Apple’s next big iOS 11 update is connected to ClassKit development framework Apple confirmed in late March. ClassKit works with the company’s brand new Schoolwork app for iPad that helps teachers and students keep track of their assignments and progress.
It also looks like iOS 11.4 will finally deliver AirPlay 2 and Apple’s long-awaited Messages in iCloud feature. Both features have been delayed several times.
On top of that, the second iOS 11.4 beta includes new (PRODUCT)RED wallpaper for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. It’s not available for the iPhone X.
The first iOS 11.4 beta arrived with stereo pairing for Apple’s HomePod speaker, but it looks like Apple’s pulled the feature from the second beta.
We expect the iOS 11.4 update to include more than just ClassKit, AirPlay 2, and Messages in iCloud. Milestone upgrades typically come with a collection of new features, enhancements, bug fixes, and security patches.
iOS 11.4 Jailbreak
Jailbreak developers haven’t released anything for iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.1, iOS 11.2.5, iOS 11.2.6, or iOS 11.3. The only way you can jailbreak a device running iOS 11 is if it’s running iOS 11.0-iOS 11.1.2. Unfortunately, there’s no way to downgrade to any of those updates.
Jailbreak developers typically don’t burn exploits on early pre-release software so current and prospective jailbreak users should avoid the iOS 11.4 beta.
For more about the iOS 11 jailbreak, take a look at our roundup.
iOS 11.4 will likely be the last major iOS 11 update for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Apple’s reportedly working on iOS 12 and the update is expected to debut in early June at WWDC 2018. Apple’s kicks off the event with a keynote on June 4th.
The iOS 12 update is expected to come with new features (including new emoji characters) though some features have reportedly been pushed into 2019 so the company can address performance and quality issues.
The first iOS 12 beta should emerge shortly after the conclusion of Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote address.
Install iOS 11.3 for Better Security
iOS 11.3 also includes a new privacy feature. When an Apple feature wants to use your personal information, an icon now appears with a link to access detailed information about how your data will be used and protected.
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose was to patch up this issue. If you skipped iOS 11.2.6, you'll get these enhancements with iOS 11.3.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
If you're on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.3 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you're running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.3 update will come with a lot more.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.3.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.3 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.3 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.3 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.3 update will come with additional security features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.3 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches with iOS 11.3. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your iOS 11.3 update.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 and iOS 11.3 soon.
This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.