Today after several weeks of Beta’s Apple has released iOS 11.4 to the public.
In this public release we finally get he long awaited AirPlay 2 which was originally demonstrated back in Apple’s event last year. AirPlay 2 brings multi-room and stereo pairing to the HomePod and Apple TV, alongside many other features.
Apple has also included messages in the cloud as well which we have seen on and off for several beta’s of iOS 11. Apple has also introduced Schoolwork and ClassKit.
In order to update your HomePod to 11.4, you’ll need to be running iOS 11.4 on your iPhone first. Once you’ve updated your iPhone, use the following steps to update your HomePod.
Step 1: Open the Home app.
Step 2: Tap the Compass button in the upper left-hand corner.
Step 3: Under the Speakers heading tap Software Update.
Step 4: Tap the Update (All) button to begin the update, and tap Agree on the Terms and Conditions page.
You’ll see the white LED indicator spin on top HomePod as it updates.
Once the update is completed, you’ll see the current version In the Software Update section mentioned in Step 3. You should see HomePod 11.4 and a message that says Your HomePod software is up to date.
Apple also released tvOS 11.4 and WatchOS 4.3.1 to the public.
Here is the full list of what’s changed in iOS 11.4:
iOS 11.4 includes AirPlay 2 multi-room audio, support for HomePod stereo pairs, and Messages in iCloud. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.
• Control your home audio system and AirPlay 2–enabled speakers throughout your house
• Play music at the same time on multiple AirPlay 2–enabled speakers in your house, all in sync
• Control AirPlay 2–enabled speakers from Control Centre, the Lock screen or AirPlay controls within apps on your iPhone or iPad
• Use your voice to control AirPlay 2–enabled speakers with Siri from your iPhone, iPad, HomePod or Apple TV
• Take a call or play a game on your iPhone or iPad without interrupting playback on your AirPlay 2–enabled speakers
HomePod stereo pair
• This update supports setting up your HomePod stereo pair using your iPhone or iPad
• HomePod pair automatically senses its location in the room and balances the sound based on the speakers’ locations
• Advanced beamforming provides wider soundstage than traditional stereo pair
• HomePod will automatically update to support stereo pairs, unless auto updates are disabled in the Home app
Messages in iCloud
• Store your messages, photos and other attachments in iCloud and free up space on your devices
• All your messages appear when you sign in to a new device with the same iMessage account
• When you delete messages and conversations, they are instantly removed from all your devices
• To turn on Messages in iCloud, enable Messages in iCloud settings (Settings > [your name] > iCloud)
• Your conversations continue to be end-to-end encrypted
Other improvements and fixes
• Enables teachers to assign their students reading activities in iBooks using the Schoolwork app
• Fixes an issue where certain character sequences could cause Messages to crash
• Addresses a Messages issue that could cause some messages to appear out of order
• Addresses an issue that could prevent logging in or accessing files on Google Drive, Google Docs and Gmail in Safari
• Fixes an issue that could prevent data syncing in Health
• Fixes an issue that could prevent users from changing which apps can access Health data
• Resolves an issue that could cause an app to appear in an incorrect location on the Home screen
• Fixes an issue where CarPlay audio could become distorted
• Fixes an issue where selecting music from your iPhone could fail when playing music over Bluetooth or when connected to USB on some vehicles
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