iOS 11 Messages in iCloud Feature Could Be Delayed Beyond Fall Release


Back at WWDC in June, Apple announced iOS 11 would finally bring iMessage to iCloud, allowing users to sign into any device and get all their messages. Deleting a message from one device would also delete it on another, while Message backups would be smaller thanks to iCloud storing the majority of messages.

Now, it appears Messages in iCloud could be delayed when iOS 11 launches this fall, as per Apple’s iOS 11 beta 5 release notes, which state:

The “Messages in iCloud” feature has been removed in iOS 11 beta 5 and will ship in a future software update to iOS 11. Users can continue to receive and store messages on each device, and they can continue to backup and restore messages using iCloud Backup.

Ios 11 beta 4 messages release notes

The fifth beta of iOS 11, released this morning, no longer has a toggle for Messages under iCloud settings.

Apple clearly is taking its time to make Messages in iCloud work properly, so a delayed release is much better than debuting a buggy feature.


  • Sad Guy

    So, jettisoned just like Touch ID under glass, 3.5mm headphone jack and quality control.

    SJ would never have done this.

    Goodbye Apple and hello Sammy!

  • Mario Gaucher

    Welcome to the world of fire caching devices

  • That Guy

    By that meaning you are in that world?

  • So Young

    So basicaly, you are saying you are tired of Apple and lack of Quality is part of your reasoning? So basicaly, you are saying that a company who remove a feature in a beta because by the way, beta is there to test things out, and just want to take their time for quality reasons, is wrong to you? Wow… I think you just wanted to troll.

  • raslucas

    I feel like pulling a feature that they don’t think is quite ready is quality control by definition.