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

Todd Singleton
May 30, 2018

Apple's iOS 11.4 rolls out today, and it brings a big update to HomePods: AirPlay 2 with multi-room audio.

Multi-room audio was a feature that was oddly missing from the HomePod when it launched, especially since rival speakers from the likes of Amazon, Google and even Sonos had the functionality.

HomePod stereo pairing lets you connect two of the smart speakers together. iOS 11.4 also adds Calendar support to HomePod.

AirPlay 2 enables the most advanced, wireless multi-room audio system, creating an effortless way for people to stream music or podcasts anywhere in the home to different devices, all in-sync.

The Apple TV is also getting an update to TVOS version 11.4.

Control your home audio system and AirPlay 2-enabled speakers throughout your house. Outside of a few press demos prior to the HomePod launch, this is the first time that anyone's been able to use stereo pairing with the HomePod.

Things You Probably Missed In The Epic Pokemon Let’s GO Switch Trailer
As of now, only the original 150 Pokemon will be available in Pokemon Let's Go , suggesting that more could be added via DLC. Pokemon Let's Go will allow players to unlock a brand new Pokemon when they link their game to Pokemon Go .

Loris Karius: 'I haven't really slept since the Champions League final'
Merseyside Police released a statement saying its officers were aware of "comments / threats" made on social media to Karius. For me personally, I feel like I should be playing week in, week out and I haven't been.

State of Decay 2 reaches over one million players
Greenberg also notes that gamers have uncovered a few "bugs and issues" and that Microsoft is working to resolve those quickly . In addition to this, Xbox Wire has added that 675 million people of the undead have been killed.

Not only were these features first teased 12 months ago, they were part of several iOS 11 betas, but rescinded from final public software update each update.

Stereo pairing allows you to play through HomePods simultaneously.

Messages in iCloud moves all those messages-including attachments and photos shared in those messages-from Apple devices to iCloud. Previously, all devices signed into a user's iCloud account received iMessages. The update also brings iMessage in the Cloud - you can have iMessages read to you from any of your Apple devices and deleting a message from one will delete it on all others.

There are still some issues, though: yes, HomePod now supports Apple's calendar app, but still cannot distinguish between voices, so anyone within speaking range of one of your HomePods can access your calendar data (you can turn off calendar support in settings, of course).

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.

Other reports by Free-Prsite

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER