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Apple Releases iOS 11.4 With Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2

30 May 2018

Apple's iOS 11.4 update also comes with Messages on iCloud, which was actually announced at WWDC 2017.

The HomePod is compatible with the iPhone 5s or later and various iPad models, with iOS 11.2.5 or later. You can also control the synced speaker directly from the lock screen of iPhones and iPads and also through Siri. Tap there, and the iOS 11.4 update should be waiting for you to download just by following the onscreen prompts. AirPlay lets users stream audio or video from an Apple device to another through Wi-Fi connectivity, and also mirror what's on their device.

iOS 11.4, released today (May 29), adds AirPlay 2, giving you the ability to sync up compatible speakers throughout your home when streaming audio. Apple has said that the digital assistant functions aren't as important as the audio features because people mostly use smart speakers to play music.

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The following are set to benefit from Apple AirPlay 2. If you have speakers that support AirPlay 2, you can use Siri for music control as well.

Anyway, as it turns out, there is a much more important feature in iOS 11.4 than AirPlay 2 stereo pairing. This brings some important changes to HomePod, including the stereo pairing option that was missing at launch. There is also an advanced beamforming that is claimed to provide wider soundstage than a traditional stereo pair. With AirPlay 2, they should be able to add other brand speakers to their existing Sonos devices.

Apple's HomePod - the company's answer to Google Home and Amazon Echo - will finally be available for purchase by Canadian, French, and German consumers on June 18th.

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Messages in iCloud moves all those messages-including attachments and photos shared in those messages-from Apple devices to iCloud. That is to say, should a device be inacessible, you'll still be able to see all received messages on your other devices.

Messages in iCloud have been coming soon for nearly a while now, and its good the firm is finally delivering on their promise.

Messages on iCloud can be turned on from the Settings Tapping on Account iCloud and toggling on iCloud backup for messages.

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Apple Releases iOS 11.4 With Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2