Apple releases iOS 11.4 with Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2 support

Laverne Mann
May 30, 2018

Get your iPhones and iPads out because iOS 11.4 is now available for download. But iOS 11.4 sports some long-awaited features like AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud.

When you delete messages and conversations, they are instantly removed from all your devices.

iOS 11.4 also adds Messages in iCloud, which has gone through several rounds of beta testing. For HomePod, AirPlay 2 features are automatically supported and music can be streamed around the house without the need to manually group speakers.

HomePod 11.4 brings two major features to the HomePod for the very first time - AirPlay 2 with multi-room audio support, and stereo pairing for those that own more than one HomePod.

This allows two HomePods to be paired for stereo audio support, a feature the Sonos One, as well as the Google Home Max are also capable of.

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Apple is also introducing AirPlay 2 with iOS 11.4 and delivering a new mode of play to users of their HomePod smart speaker devices. In addition to using Siri or individual apps to control speaker selection and music playback, all AirPlay 2 devices available in a home will show up in iOS' Control Center. As with any iOS update, we recommend backing up your iPhone first. Just launch the Settings app, tap on General and scroll down to Software Update.

If you've got a really good memory, you may recall that one of the promised improvements to the Messages app in iOS 11 was Messages in iCloud, which was going to seamlessly sync messages between your many devices. That frees up storage space for other things like music, photos, and more.

Apple on Tuesday has officially released iOS 11.4, the latest update to its mobile operating system. That now changes with iOS 11.4. If the feature is enabled, iMessages will be stored in the cloud. Conversely, if you delete a message or conversation, it'll be deleted across all devices signed into that same iMessage account.

For the Mac, go to Preferences within the Messages app and click the checkbox next to Enable Messages in iCloud.

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