Apple's iOS 11.4 could finally make the HomePod worth buying

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

   	7 hours

AirPlay 2 and Home Pod stereo pairing arrive with iOS 11.4 Brian Heater @ 7 hours

The new version of iOS includes AirPlay 2 multi-room audio, support for HomePod stereo pairs, and Messages in iCloud.

AirPlay 2 enables the most advanced, wireless multi-room audio system, creating an effortless way for people to stream music or podcasts anywhere in the home to different devices, all in-sync.

However, as more AirPlay 2 devices enter the market you'll be able to integrate them into your multi-room setup.

Airplay 2 also helps HomePod get along with other manufacturers' speakers (like those from Sonos) to play music through all speakers in a home at the same time. The new version - which is arriving on iPhone, iPad, and the HomePod - was announced earlier today, with its support for bringing some much-needed features to Apple's smart speaker.

The AirPlay 2 update also allows two HomePods to connect via stereo pairing.

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Apple has officially released iOS 11.4 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. And this in turn means it may well be possible to cobble together a cheaper multi-room system over your entire house, as well as freeing consumers from having to be brand-loyal and submit to one company's audio tech throughout the home. Conversely, if you delete a message or conversation, it'll be deleted across all devices signed into that same iMessage account. Messages in iCloud also makes it easier to delete message information-delete a message, photo, or other attachment from one device and it automatically disappears from all of your other iCloud-connected devices.

Your conversations continue to be end-to-end encrypted. Messages in iCloud stores all iMessages in Apple's cloud storage rather than on each individual device.

Enables teachers to assign their students reading activities in iBooks using the Schoolwork app. Your HomePod should update automatically, too; however, if you want to get your HomePod running on iOS 11.4 asap you can trigger that manually, too.

Addresses an issue that could prevent logging in or accessing files on Google Drive, Google Docs and Gmail in Safari. Finally, there's a fix for distorted CarPlay audio, as well as audio over Bluetooth or USB in certain cars.

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