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

AirPlay 2 and Home Pod stereo pairing arrive with iOS 11.4		
		
	Brian Heater

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Have you tried out iOS 11.4 through one of the betas?

The latest update to iOS 11 will let you listen to audio across rooms and also take advantage of a feature promised so long ago, you might have forgotten that it was coming to your iPhone.

All AirPlay 2 devices can be controlled using an iOS device, HomePod, Apple TV, or by asking Siri. For those with multiple HomePods across their home, they will now be able to fill their entire home with in-sync audio through multiple speakers or only in select areas like a bedroom, office, or patio.

iOS 11.4 will finally introduce messages in iCloud to users after months of anticipation. Users can now ask the digital assistant to play music or other audio in individual rooms.

iOS 11.4, just released today, brings support for AirPlay 2, allowing users to stream music to multiple speakers at once.




Apple has posted a list of speakers and receivers that will support AirPlay 2.

Below are the devices that can be updated to iOS 11.4.

With the new iOS 11.4 firmware you'll be able to ask Siri for upcoming calendar appointments or ask her to create one. The update allows the HomePod and Apple TV (the two Apple devices that now support AirPlay 2), as well as forthcoming third-party AirPlay 2 devices, to play the same audio throughout your home or only in select areas of your home.

The features come as part of an update in the form of iOS 11.4, which is out today. If you're an iPhone or iPad user, it should be prompted automatically; alternatively you can trigger it manually by going to Settings General Software Update. That now changes with iOS 11.4. It backs everything up to iCloud and can free up internal storage and let you delete messages on one device and have it also be deleted on every other device. If the feature is enabled, iMessages will be stored in the cloud.

For the Mac, go to Preferences within the Messages app and click the checkbox next to Enable Messages in iCloud.

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