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It includes stereo pairing support for AirPlay 2 and the HomePod smart speaker.

Apple's AirPlay lets you fling video from an iPhone or iPad to an Apple TV, or wirelessly send audio to a compatible speaker - but AirPlay 2 is something new, and it's a lot more powerful than the old rendition. The iOS 11.4 update is around 330 MB is size.

AirPlay, Apple's proprietary wireless streaming protocol, has received a major update in the form of AirPlay 2.

Music lovers also will be able to set up the HomePod and other speakers through Apple's Home app.

"The knock on HomePod is its $349 price is about 2-3x the price of a typical smart speaker", Munster writes.

Right now Amazon's Alexa smart assistant can also control third-party speakers like Sonos, while you can't ask Google Assistant via Google Home speaker to play music to a Sonos speaker. And you'll finally find support for Messages in iCloud, a syncing feature Apple first touted at last year's Worldwide Developer Conference but had yet to deliver in iOS 11. The feature, however, never arrived with most people having forgotten about it.


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.

With iCloud support users will have more control over Messages on different devices. Once done, simply launch the Messages app and you'll see a splash screen asking you to enable Messages in iCloud, just tap on Use iCloud and you're done. This will be helpful for those who are short on space.

Messages in iCloud will use end-to-end encryption, and uses cloud storage instead of local storage for message archives and attachments.

Apple Inc.is updating the software for its HomePod speaker with key audio features and said the device will go on sale in Canada, France, and Germany on June 18. With this update, HomePod speakers which are paired will adjust the sound based on the location of each speaker.

The latest HomePod update, available with iOS 11.4, will be rolled out to Apple devices progressively, and will fulfil promises Apple made when it launched HomePod in February.

Besides these, the iOS 11.4 also comes with a bunch of smaller bug fixes and improvements. More issues like CarPlay audio sounding distorted and selecting music on iPhone over Bluetooth devices have been fixed.


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