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

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iOS 11.4 brings stereo pairs and multi-room audio with AirPlay 2

Apple is already preparing for the launch by releasing new language options on HomePod.

TvOS 11.4: tvOS 11.4 is an update created to work in flawless harmony with devices running Apple's latest iOS 11.4 release. That now changes with iOS 11.4.

Beyond the new music-playback features, the iOS update also lets users ask a HomePod to read out information from Apple's calendar app, as well as schedule new events via voice commands. The update also includes bug fixes and improvements.

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Of course, Airplay 2 still supports the ability to wirelessly push video from an iPhone, iPad or Mac onto Apple TV. Apple has said it wanted to make sure the features worked well for users before releasing them. Your device should be running on a Wi-Fi connection to download the over-the-air (OTA) update. 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. But obviously, that's a downside too since it uses your allotted iCloud Drive storage for syncing messages. I took a look, but the app really just discusses iOS 11 features from what I can see. The update brings the much-anticipated AirPlay 2 transfer protocol, announced at WWDC back in June last year and initially planned to reach Apple devices via iOS 11 in the third quarter of last year. The new update also seems to carry new Red Wallpapers for the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Red edition phones.

With iCloud support users will have more control over Messages on different devices. This advanced pairing functionality senses the location of your HomePod in the room to balance its sound. Apple likes to emphasize that with HomePod's 360 sound, it's more than just left and right.

Under the "Speakers" section, Apple mentioned the support has been "announced" for those products, but not when the respective audio firms will roll out the multi-room audio tech. Here's the full list of brands offering early support: Sonos, Denon and Marantz, Bose, Bang and Olufsen, Beats, Naim, Devialet, Dynaudio, Polk, McIntosh, Bowers & Wilkins, Libratone, Definitive Technology, and Bluesound.

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