Apple surprises devs with new iOS and macOS betas

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This is probably the last iOS 11 update.
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It’s only been a day since Apple released iOS 11.4 to the public, but the first beta for its successor is already here.

No, we’re not talking about iOS 12 beta 1 — which should come out next week. Apple dropped a surprise batch of beta builds today in the form of iOS 11.4.1, macOS 10.13.6, tvOS 11.4.1 and watchOS 4.3.1. The updates bring a bunch of bug fixes to all of Apple’s platform ahead of the grand unveiling of iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 at WWDC 2018.

Registered developers can grab all four beta builds directly from Apple’s dev portal. You can also install iOS 11.4.1 beta 1 as an over-the-air update if you have the proper installation profile added to your iPhone.

Release notes for the new betas don’t reveal any major addition. All four likely focus mostly on under-the-hood issues as Apple squashes the last remaining problems before moving onto its next major updates.

iOS 11.4 brought a couple of key new features, including AirPlay 2 support. With the new AirPlay 2 option, HomePods can be paired two together for stereo sound. You can also use AirPlay 2 to play the same song on Apple TV and HomePod at the same time from your iPhone. Messages on iCloud was one of the other big additions, giving iOS users the ability to see all of their messages in one place.

We’ll let you know if we find any huge changes in the new betas once we get them on our devices.