IOS 11.4 brings a long awaited messaging feature

IOS 11.4 brings a long awaited messaging feature

The update also includes support for AirPlay 2, which allows audio streaming to multiple AirPlay 2 compatible speakers - a list that presently only includes the Apple TV and HomePod running the corresponding tvOS 11.4 or HomePod 11.4 updates, respectively.

The HomePod is compatible with the iPhone 5s or later and various iPad models, with iOS 11.2.5 or later.

Anyway, as it turns out, there is a much more important feature in iOS 11.4 than AirPlay 2 stereo pairing.

IOS 11.4 also brings Messages in iCloud to the operating system, a feature that's been in the works since iOS 11 was first introduced a year ago. With the feature, all your iMessages are stored in iCloud.

The latest update to iOS 11 will let you listen to audio across rooms and also take advantage of a feature promised so long ago, you might have forgotten that it was coming to your iPhone.

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iOS 11.4 also adds Messages in iCloud, which has gone through several rounds of beta testing. Essentially, the new setup makes it easier for users to play in-sync audio through all (or only some) of the speakers in their home. If you're an iPhone or iPad user, it should be prompted automatically; alternatively you can trigger it manually by going to Settings General Software Update.

Here's what you need to know about Messages in iCloud and how to switch on the new feature.

You can download iOS 11.4 today. The release comes almost two months after Apple released the first beta versions of iOS 11.4, macOS 10.13.5, tvOS 11.4, and watchOS 4.3.1. This will also help users free up space on their iPhones. 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. Apple says that by stereo pairing two HomePods, an nearly three-dimensional soundstage is created, providing room-filling sound with enhanced bass extension, and a deeper, more accurate reproduction of low frequencies.

Beyond support for stereo pairing, Apple is mum on other new features in iOS 11.4, and it points users to the "Tips" app in the system to learn more.

Conversations are still end-to-end encrypted, Apple points out, and Messages in iCloud isn't enabled by default.

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