Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Industry | By Johnnie Johnson

Apple Officially Releases iOS 11.4 with AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud

Apple Officially Releases iOS 11.4 with AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud

Credit: Tom's GuideIf you're among the underwhelming number of people who bought the HomePod, the new iOS brings some welcome functionality to your speaker, especially if you own multiple devices. Tap there, and the iOS 11.4 update should be waiting for you to download just by following the onscreen prompts. Next week's developers conference may bring more updates to Siri and HomePod as both have been major points of focus for Apple in the past year.

Siri has also been given multi-room audio support in iOS 11.4.

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This means that as long as you have an AirPlay 2-compatible speaker, it can be added to a multi-room setup to rival the existing one-brand systems out there right now.

With HomePod pitched at the higher end of the market, using Wi-Fi for connectivity and taking on Sonos, it would make sense for Beats to release a Siri-containing, music-orientated Bluetooth speaker to go up against the likes of UE's Megablast, which has Amazon Alexa integration, and Sony's LS-50, which incorporates Google Home. Nevertheless, the new change is likely to convince other multimedia device manufacturers to integrate the new protocol. Once updated, head into the Home app on your iPhone, select the HomePod you'd like to pair, tap Details and then Create Stereo Pair. This innovative stereo sound provides a wide, nearly three dimensional soundstage for an incredible listening experience anywhere in the room. Having said that, Apple is offering features such as location sensing and advanced beamforming to take on the competition.

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Apple has released iOS 11.4 which means we all get to finally try AirPlay 2, Apple's streaming feature that has been in development for nearly a year now. You can leverage the new development and store all your messages, photos, and other attachments received through the Messages app directly on iCloud. This will also help users free up space on their iPhones.

AirPlay is Apple's proprietary standard for streaming audio, video and other content from one device to another - say streaming that video your iPhone is playing to an Apple TV connected to your television set. However, older Sonos players - like Play:3 and Play:1 - won't support it. Sonos has also yet to detail how its AirPlay 2 integration will work, but either way, expect to see compatible Sonos products appear in Apple Home as well as in AirPlay menus as available speakers.

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