When will Cupertino-based Apple Inc. push out the next pre-release seed for the upcoming iOS 11.4 platform?

That’s the question on the lips of all registered developers and public beta testers who are passionate about making the iOS platform as good as it can possibly be. We’re going to try and answer that question based on what we currently know and our understanding of Apple’s historical behavior.

Apple has so far seeded three pre-release seeds of its iOS 11.4 platform. Those seeds have given registered developers and public testers an opportunity to put the platform through its paces, interact with any new features or functionality, and give timely feedback to Apple which will allow internal engineers to focus efforts on key areas of concern.

Now, with this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and iOS 12 unveil and the subsequent beta release of that just around the corner, we expect Apple to ramp up in the pace in order to get future versions of iOS 11.4 into the hands of testers quicker.

With that in mind, we expect Apple to release iOS 11.4 beta 4 this coming Tuesday, May 8 and then continue to follow faster release roadmap until the final public version goes live.

It’s plainly clear that Tim Cook’s company will want to have iOS 11.4 polished and in the hands of the public before that happens, which means that pre-release seeds now need to come thick and fast in order to achieve that.

Where iOS 11.4 is concerned, iPhone and iPad owners can expect a release which has some new functionality but which focuses primarily on stability. Apple’s new ClassKit framework makes an appearance with iOS 11.4 and the underlying developer-facing SDK. Messages on iCloud has also reemerged after being pulled from the iOS 11.3 release. Apple has also included AirPlay 2 functionality which puts Apple TV back into the Home app and gives Siri additional power to be able to take instruction on one device and carry out the action on an AirPlay 2-enabled device, such as playing music on Apple TV in a different room.

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