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

HomePod speaker and iPhone X displaying Control Center

Of course, AirPlay 2 also gives an update to Apple's own HomePod speaker. iOS 11.4 adds stereo support, allowing users to use pairs of HomePod devices for multi-channel audio playback. Also added is the ability to play content on Apple TV via Siri on an iOS 11.4-running iPhone or iPad.

One question I had was how accurately and dynamically the HomePod's fancy audio processing would recreate a recording's stereo split between right and left.

IOS 11.4 also brings Messages in iCloud to the operating system, a feature that's been in the works since iOS 11 was first introduced previous year. One has to make sure they are connected to the internet in order to check for the update.

Gene, when working at Piper Jaffray, once spent years saying that Apple was just about to launch a television, but he has also been known to make correct predictions about the brand.

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AirPlay 2 lets users control their home audio system and AirPlay 2 compatible speakers by syncing them and playing music at the same time. That now changes with iOS 11.4. The update allows the HomePod and Apple TV (the two Apple devices that now support AirPlay 2), as well as forthcoming third-party AirPlay 2 devices, to play the same audio throughout your home or only in select areas of your home. The new update will allow users to store their messages, photos and other attachments on iCloud and free up space on their devices. You're not restricted to using Siri with the HomePod either, as she plays with other third-party speakers. Apple released the update only a week before its WWDC annual event.

The features come as part of an update in the form of iOS 11.4, which is out today. As part of that, you'll be able to pair up HomePod speakers for stereo sound.

- “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. If your device is going to be downloading a lot of new messages, you'll need to plug it in so that the process can take place.

Messages in iCloud have been coming soon for nearly a while now, and its good the firm is finally delivering on their promise.

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