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

AirPlay 2 and Home Pod stereo pairing arrive with iOS 11.4		
		
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Apple has released iOS 11.4 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, adding the long-awaited support for Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2. The update also includes bug fixes and improvements. Also, it is advisable to back up your data before beginning the update process. With AirPlay 2, they should be able to add other brand speakers to their existing Sonos devices.

Make sure your HomePods are updated to 11.4 or later. Tap there, and the iOS 11.4 update should be waiting for you to download just by following the onscreen prompts. But obviously, that's a downside too since it uses your allotted iCloud Drive storage for syncing messages.

The company released a software release called iOS 11.4 on Tuesday that unlocks more features for the smart speaker.

iCloud support for "Messages" was one of the most talked about features during the announcement of iOS 11. This will also be make it easier when setting up a new iPhone or iPad. This will also help users free up space on their iPhones. It also supports Messages in iCloud. 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.

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Anyway, as it turns out, there is a much more important feature in iOS 11.4 than AirPlay 2 stereo pairing. Once updated, head into the Home app on your iPhone, select the HomePod you'd like to pair, tap Details and then Create Stereo Pair.

Hardware is usually not a big feature of WWDC but one analyst believes Beats by Dre will be unveiling a new Beats Pill speaker with Siri integration, bringing Apple's AI to a new musical market that doesn't want to spend £319 on a HomePod.

The lack of stereo pairing and multi-room audio was seen by many as a failing of HomePod, but Apple has now addressed this. So for example if you have two HomePod and one Airplay 2-enabled soundbar, you can beam your TV audio to all three in ideal synchronization.

Like the original AirPlay format, AirPlay 2 will also be built into a range of third-party wireless speakers and amplifiers from the likes of Sonos, Bang & Olufsen, Bose, Pioneer, Denon and Marantz.

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