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iOS 11.4 available - now with Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2 and HomePod Stereo

Posted 5/29/2018

In a some what surprising move Apple has released iOS 11.4 just before this years WWDC, typically something that is done at this event. 

Apple released iOS 11.4 this week just a week before this year's WWDC. The big game game changers in this release are Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2, and stereo paring of the HomePods .

 

What's new in iOS 11.4?

AirPlay 2 & HomePod stereo

After a brief appearance in iOS 11.3 betas, AirPlay 2 was removed prior to the final release. Now, it's back for good in the final release of iOS 11.4. AirPlay 2 is the first major update to Apple's wireless audio streaming protocol in years. It primarily adds multi-room audio to iOS devices, when using AirPlay 2 compatible speakers. You can adjust the audio levels on a room-by-room basis, or even play different music in different rooms. The HomePod and Apple TV (4th generation or later) will be AirPlay 2 compatible with the 11.4 update, but some other AirPlay compatible speakers will also be updated to support the new protocol.

 

Messages in iCloud

We've been waiting for this forever, it seems, so forgive us for being annoyed that it was removed from the final iOS 11.3 release after working all the way up through the final beta release. Messages in iCloud is back in iOS 11.4. You should be prompted to enable it when you first launch Messages. Or you can go to Settingsyour Apple IDiCloud, and toggle the feature in the list of Apps using iCloud. Of course, for Messages in iCloud to work on your Mac, you'll need a new version of macOS 10.13.5 as well. If your looking for this to allow you to delete messages on your watch, so far this is not what I have seen, still need to do that manually....Disappointing.