Apple releases iOS 11.4 with Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2 support

HomePod speakers in white and space gray

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.

The new software adds another feature missing from the HomePod: the ability to check your calendar.

The Cupertino tech giant will let HomePod speakers pair up to deliver stereo sound after the update, and users will also be able to play one song on multiple Apple speakers throughout their home.

As usual, iOS 11.4 also introduces some important security patches, bug fixes, and under-the-hood improvements. Users can download iOS 11.4 by going into the Settings app and navigating to Software update under the General tab. First and foremost, iOS 11.4 adds "Messages on iCloud", which Apple first announced late previous year. Do note that to start syncing your messages to iCloud, you'll have to enable it manually in the settings.

But Messages in Cloud didn't make it to the initial release of iOS 11 last September, and while it's shown up in a few betas since then, Apple has never rolled out the feature to the public at large. The feature also keeps up with deleted messages, which will sync to all your devices - so no more having to delete a conversation per device. The new update also seems to carry new Red Wallpapers for the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Red edition phones. For one, it means much more reliable and smooth message syncing across a user's ecosystem of devices. This will also help users free up space on their iPhones.

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This isn't a huge update in itself, but the inclusion of Messages on iCloud makes it a noteworthy update.

AirPlay 2-ready devices now include the Apple TV set-top box and Apple's HomePod speaker, but third-party speaker makers are expected to update their own devices to support AirPlay 2.

The company also confirmed that HomePod will arrive in Canada, France, and Germany starting June 18. That was a major missing feature for the HomePod at launch, especially for a device that's supposed to act as the center of your smart home. It, of course, has only ever demoed the Apple Music service.

Apple is finally delivering on some promises it made previous year about its HomePod speaker, including giving the device the ability to link with another for stereo sound.

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