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

30 May, 2018, 11:33 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • HomePod speaker and iPhone X displaying Control Center

The new version of iOS includes AirPlay 2 multi-room audio, support for HomePod stereo pairs, and Messages in iCloud.

Multi-room audio was a feature that was oddly missing from the HomePod when it launched, especially since rival speakers from the likes of Amazon, Google and even Sonos had the functionality. As part of that, you'll be able to pair up HomePod speakers for stereo sound.

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant said on Monday that the software update will support both multi-room audio and stereo audio playback, two features originally announced about a year ago.

We're ready to test iOS 12 beta next week at Apple's WWDC 2018 keynote, but first, iOS 11 is getting one last revision thanks to today's iOS 11.4 update. Users can also now ask Siri to play music in any room or group of rooms using AirPlay 2, and music can be streamed throughout the house without any need to manually group speakers. Airplay 2 also helps HomePod get along with other manufacturers' speakers (like those from Sonos) to play music through all speakers in a home at the same time.


Details of the latest features in iOS 11.4 are listed below. Tap there, and the iOS 11.4 update should be waiting for you to download just by following the onscreen prompts. That all changes with iOS 11.4.

This update supports setting up your HomePod stereo pair using your iPhone or iPad.

Messages in iCloud moves all those messages-including attachments and photos shared in those messages-from Apple devices to iCloud.

When setting up a new device, a user's iMessage threads will be added automatically. With this feature, your iMessages will be synced across your Mac and iOS devices so that your conversations are always up-to-date. It backs everything up to iCloud and can free up internal storage and let you delete messages on one device and have it also be deleted on every other device. To test this I relocated one of the HomePods from the living room to the kitchen, then created another "room" called "Kitchen" in the Home app.

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