Apple Releases iOS 11.4 With Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2

30 May, 2018, 18:19 | Author: Darren Santiago
  • HomePod speaker and iPhone X displaying Control Center

The new update will allow users to store their messages, photos and other attachments on iCloud and free up space on their devices. Just launch the Settings app, tap on General and scroll down to Software Update.

The new software adds another feature missing from the HomePod: the ability to check your calendar.

AirPlay, which debuted in 2010 as an evolution of AirTunes, is a protocol developed by Apple that allows wireless streaming between Apple devices over Wi-Fi.

Apple also updated tvOS and watchOS today. While listening to music, all you need do is select or unselect where the music is playing, or you can ask Siri to play music in a room, a group of rooms, or everywhere in the home, much like Sonos's existing offering.

Credit: Tom's GuideIf you're among the underwhelming number of people who bought the HomePod, the new iOS brings some welcome functionality to your speaker, especially if you own multiple devices. AirPlay 2 also lets users answer calls without stopping music playback on the connected speakers. The feature can be activated in multiple iOS devices, where your account is synced and thus makes it easier to manage message threads. You won't have to delete the same messages on each of your device now. While it has been possible to sync your messages across devices before, the new change gives iPhones, Macs and iPads a single encrypted archive. He also thinks it will focus on ARKit technology to make for a more compelling user experience. It also supports Messages in iCloud.

APPLE will turn up the volume on its smart speakers today with a much-anticipated software upgrade for its HomePod nearly four months after it was released in Australia. In stereo mode, the algorithms have two drivers and two sets of tweeters through which to distribute the left and right sounds, with physical separation between them. With this update, HomePod speakers which are paired will adjust the sound based on the location of each speaker. Other new features of iOS 11.4 include the ability to access iMessages via iCloud on any Apple device.

In a press release, Apple said that AirPlay 2 also implements some important under-the-hood performance improvements, too. Problems in the Health app like syncing and controlling data on different apps have been fixed.

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