Apple's iOS 11.4 could finally make the HomePod worth buying

HomePod speakers in white and space gray

Approximately 2GB in size, iOS 11.4 supports all iPhone models from the iPhone 5s through iPhone X, all iPads from the iPad Air and iPad mini 2 through the iPad Pro 10.5-inch, and the sixth-generation iPod touch.

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. When a second HomePod is set up in the same room, the user will be asked if they would like to form a stereo pair automatically. This means you can play the same song everywhere or move music from one room to another using an iOS device, HomePod, Apple TV, or simply by asking Siri.

The new iOS 11.4 update will allow Apple users to use two HomePods together with this feature. Here's a detailed look at the new features on iOS 11.4.

Here's what you need to know about Messages in iCloud and how to switch on the new feature.

As usual, iOS 11.4 also introduces some important security patches, bug fixes, and under-the-hood improvements.

You can enable this feature by going to Settings Apple ID iCloud. Eventually, third-party connected speaker companies will also be adding AirPlay 2 support so that their devices will be able to join the multi-room party. And when a message is deleted on one device, it is gone from all of them.




We're ready to test iOS 12 beta next week at Apple's WWDC 2018 keynote, but first, iOS 11 is getting one last revision thanks to today's iOS 11.4 update.

The wireless audio protocol has been integrated deep into iOS and tvOS as well as HomeKit, meaning that Airplay 2 devices will show up in the Home app. Messages in iCloud stores all iMessages in Apple's cloud storage rather than on each individual device.

Conversations are still end-to-end encrypted, Apple points out, and Messages in iCloud isn't enabled by default.

Below are the devices that can be updated to iOS 11.4. Finally, there's a fix for distorted CarPlay audio, as well as audio over Bluetooth or USB in certain cars.

Though HomePod's sales have reportedly been underwhelming, Apple is looking to change that by expanding the speaker's capabilities and availability outside of its initial territories.

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