Apple iOS 11.4 released: Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2, more

AirPlay 2 is all about multiroom audio, and it also brings stereo dual-HomePod music playback to HomePods.

With two HomePod speakers set up as a stereo pair, Apple's speaker is able to tell where it is placed in a room and adjust the audio profile accordingly, communicating with its twin using a proprietary wireless peer-to-peer link to make sure your music playback is in sync. Apple iPhone 5s and above, iPad Air and later, and the iPod touch 6th generation are eligible for the latest iOS 11 update.

But when we reviewed the £319 HomePod, we stated that most of its teething problems could be fixed, in particular the lack of stereo pairing and potential benefits of AirPlay 2.

IOS 11.4 also brings Messages in iCloud to the operating system, a feature that's been in the works since iOS 11 was first introduced past year. The feature will help reduce iMessages' impact on your iPhone's built-in storage by storing attachments and photos in iCloud.

Not only were these features first teased 12 months ago, they were part of several iOS 11 betas, but rescinded from final public software update each update.

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It also means you'll get message synchronization across devices. This will also be make it easier when setting up a new iPhone or iPad. To download, you need to go to Settings General Software Update and then follow the on-screen instructions. Once you've done this, the iPhone's Home app will ask you if you want to "create stereo pair" when two HomePods are plugged in and activated in the same room.

Messages in iCloud, meanwhile, has been even more eagerly anticipated. Apple says this will deliver "room-filling sound that is more spacious than a traditional stereo pair" In this "each HomePod automatically adjusts the audio to sound great wherever it is placed and sound great together", according to the company.

Messages in iCloud have been coming soon for nearly a while now, and its good the firm is finally delivering on their promise. This will be helpful for those who are short on space.

AirPlay 2 controls are available across iOS within any app and in Control Center for quick access to what's playing in every room, on every speaker. Scroll down to the list of apps with iCloud support and toggle on Messages.


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