When Apple unveiled iOS 11 at WWDC way back in June 2017, the company introduced a handy new iCloud Messages feature.

However, when the final version arrived in September, the feature allowing users to free-up space on their devices, was nowhere to be seen. Since then, it has been all quiet on the western front with mentions removed from Apple’s iOS 11 website. However, now it seems the tool may finally be ready for prime time.

MacRumors reports iCloud Messages has returned in the first iOS 11.3 beta, meaning it’s likely bound for the consumer version whenever it rolls out to all.

The release notes say iCloud Messages is included for “testing and evaluation purposes,” so there’s still a chance Apple may decide to scrap it.

However, a release would likely be welcomed by Apple users whose device storage is clogged by photos and videos sitting within the Messages app.

While also keeping the data in the cloud, the tool also enabled users to sync messages across their devices so those deleted from an iPhone would disappear from an iPad or Mac too.
Likewise, when an iCloud users signs into their account on a new iPhone, iPad or Mac, all stored messages will be synced back to the app. If iCloud Messages makes the cut, iOS 11.3 is shaping up to be an important release for Apple.

As we reported earlier on Wednesday, the company is planning to allow users to opt out of CPU throttling if their battery reaches a certain age. The company has been criticised for the practice, which some users allege is geared towards tricking iPhone owners into replacing their phones, when a simple battery placement would suffice.

Apple says the CPU throttling is simply designed to minimise the risk of unexpected device shutdowns.