Download: tvOS 11.4, watchOS 4.3.1 Final Version Released

Download: tvOS 11.4, watchOS 4.3.1 Final Version Released

There is no word from Apple as to whether the AirPlay-compatible AirPort Express wireless extender with receive an AirPlay 2 update.

HomePod gets stereo-pairingWith the release of software version 11.4, HomePod gains stereo-parring.

As of the writing of this article, iOS 11.4 should be available as a free over-the-air update to all users running iOS 11.

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.

iOS 11.4 will finally introduce messages in iCloud to users after months of anticipation. In addition, it includes special (PRODUCT) RED wallpapers for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus devices. To enable the feature on your iPhone, go to Settings, tap your name at the top of the Settings screen and select iCloud; from there, scroll down to the list of Apps Using iCloud and make sure Messages is toggled on.

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It also means that Messages no longer take up storage on the iPhone, iPad or Mac. He also thinks it will focus on ARKit technology to make for a more compelling user experience. Messages in iCloud will also store your photos, attachments, etc, from the conversation threads. Apple's new HomePod speaker also uses the protocol, but with AirPlay 2, which has just arrived, multi-room audio is now possible.

When Apple released the HomePod smart speaker back in February, we thought it was good, but weren't blown away.

Also, some manufacturers, like Naim and Libratone, have confirmed that you'll be able to simply run a software update on the speaker to benefit from the new AirPlay 2 features, but others will need you to buy a completely new speaker. This brings some important changes to HomePod, including the stereo pairing option that was missing at launch. It, of course, has only ever demoed the Apple Music service.

- “Using spatial awareness to sense their location in the room, each HomePod automatically adjusts the audio to sound great wherever it is placed and sound great together, ” said Apple.

AirPlay 2 lets users control their home audio system and AirPlay 2 compatible speakers by syncing them and playing music at the same time.

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