Apple Releases iOS 11.4 With Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2

30 May, 2018, 18:22 | Author: Julian Harrison
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You can download the iOS 11.4 update on your iPhone 5s and above models, iPad Air and above models, iPad mini 2 and above models, or the sixth generation iPod touch. Since launching in February, the device has seen slow sales, but the new audio capabilities and additional countries may spur new demand for the device.

Here's a complete tutorial on how you can enable Messages in iCloud in iOS 11 / iOS 11.4 and how you can use it too. In addition, you can tell Siri to play music (from Apple Music) in any room by asking something like "Play Kaytranada in the living room and kitchen". The difference now is that Apple has finally unlocked a couple of capabilities the smart speaker was sorely lacking: stereo pairing and multi-room audio. HomePod 11.4 also brings stereo pairing to HomePod speakers, allowing users to set up two of them in a stereo configuration. Users can now ask the digital assistant to play music or other audio in individual rooms.

Apple's smart speaker HomePod gets a new feature with iOS 11.4. HomePod users can update its software in Apple's Home app.

There are quite a few issues Apple has fixed with iOS 11.4 like character sequences which crashed the Messages app, and also causing some messages appear disordered. You even take an incoming call or play a game on your device without interrupting the music. There are additional features that combat de-synced audio and network artifact interruptions as well. Apple's iOS 11.4 update also comes with Messages on iCloud, which was actually announced at WWDC 2017. That has a range of benefits beyond saving some space on a device.




After that, you need to activate Messages in iCloud on your iOS devices.

You can start a text thread on one device and continue it seamlessly on another. It also backs up iMessages so that any new device in the account can get old iMessages without restoring a backup.

As usual, iOS 11.4 also introduces some important security patches, bug fixes, and under-the-hood improvements. The new update also seems to carry new Red Wallpapers for the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Red edition phones. By now the software update must have arrived on every compatible device. Scroll down to the list of apps with iCloud support and toggle on Messages.

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