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IOS 11.4 Adds Stereo Pairing to Air Play 2, HomePod Speaker

IOS 11.4 Adds Stereo Pairing to Air Play 2, HomePod Speaker

The new update includes support for AirPlay 2 and allows two HomePod devices to be linked together as a single speaker.

Apple's iOS 11.4 update has been released, and with Messages in iCloud support, there's more to it than just AirPlay 2.

You can download the iOS 11.4 update on your iPhone 5s and above models, iPad Air and above models, iPad mini 2 and above models, or the sixth generation iPod touch.

Apple says that many other AirPlay 2-compatible speakers are on the horizon, including devices from Bang & Olufsen, Bluesound, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, Denon, Libratone, Marantz, Marshall, Naim, Pioneer, and Sonos.

If you own a HomePod, be sure to check out our how-to tutorial that walks you step-by-step through the HomePod 11.4 update process, and then watch our breakdown of the update's new features. The feature comes after repeated delays in previous versions of iOS 11, despite its announcement nearly a year ago. The update also brings iMessage in the Cloud - you can have iMessages read to you from any of your Apple devices and deleting a message from one will delete it on all others.




Messages in iCloud essentially boils down to making your messages sync better across all your devices (old or new) and letting your messages and their associated attachments and photos take up less space on your device.

TvOS 11.4: tvOS 11.4 is an update created to work in ideal harmony with devices running Apple's latest iOS 11.4 release. If you haven't received a notification for the update you can manually check it by going to Settings General Software Update. Plus, adding AirPlay 2 support for the HomePod should be a welcomed new addition as well.

iCloud support for "Messages" was one of the most talked about features during the announcement of iOS 11. AirPlay 2 devices will now show up in the Apple Home app, since AirPlay 2 integrates with HomeKit.

AirPlay 2 brings multi-room and stereo HomePod support to match what Google Cast and Amazon Alexa can already do. The release comes almost two months after Apple released the first beta versions of iOS 11.4, macOS 10.13.5, tvOS 11.4, and watchOS 4.3.1.

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

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