News: iOS 11.3 Beta 4 Released for iPhone with Under-the-Hood Improvements

iOS 11.3 Beta 4 Released for iPhone with Under-the-Hood Improvements

The fourth beta for iOS 11.3 was released by Apple to developers and public beta testers on Monday, March 5. The update comes just under two weeks after the company released beta 3 on Feb. 20, which mostly added bug and stability patches. It appears that beta 4 is much of the same, but we'll learn more as we sink our teeth into it.

You can download the newest beta version right now if you're a developer or public beta tester with a valid configuration profile. Just go to "General" in your Settings app, then tap on "Software Update." Next, follow the on-screen instructions to download and install iOS 11.3 beta 4 onto your iPhone.

The only big thing that we've noticed is that the release notes state that "Devices should now be recognized by the host computer after updating a device to iOS 11.3 beta 4 and later," which the last beta broke. Also, while previous iOS 11.3 betas changed "iBooks" to just "Books," this fourth beta has changed it back to "iBooks." Seems Apple can't figure out what it should be called.

And 9to5Mac spotted that the TV app might be coming to Brazil soon since Brazilian Portuguese was never included as a supported language before, and now it is.

iOS 11.3 is a major step for iOS 11, bringing Message on iCloud, a batch of new Animoji, the ability to import health records to the Health app, and additional battery information and controls, among other features.

While under-the-hood improvements aren't the most exciting news, Apple desperately needs them. iOS 11 has been plagued with reports of bugs and glitches, ranging from annoying to downright debilitating. The problems are so tumultuous that Apple has reportedly put new features on hold for iOS 12 to focus on fixes and patches.

With iOS 11.3, Apple has the chance to not only implement features it has promised since June but to also restore trust in the quality of its software.

Just updated your iPhone? You'll find new emoji, enhanced security, podcast transcripts, Apple Cash virtual numbers, and other useful features. There are even new additions hidden within Safari. Find out what's new and changed on your iPhone with the iOS 17.4 update.

Cover image and screenshots by Justin Meyers/Gadget Hacks

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