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

If you own a HomePod, be sure to check out our how-to tutorial that walks you step-by-step through the HomePod 11.4 update process, and then watch our breakdown of the update's new features.

Once updated, users will be able to wirelessly link two HomePod speakers to play a song in stereo, though they will also be able to play a song on HomePods in multiple rooms, or move song's playback from the kitchen to the bedroom, for example.

At the current price the HomePod is awfully pricey to be deployed in a stereo pair-for half price you can pair two Sonos One speakers-but it does sound very good.

But another key feature in iOS is the long-expected addition of Messages in iCloud, which syncs across all devices and deletes iMessages across everything, so you won't get quite as spammed. First expected a year ago, but then delayed, the system allow messages, photos, and other attachments sent through Apple's Messages system to be stored in iCloud.

As usual, iOS 11.4 also introduces some important security patches, bug fixes, and under-the-hood improvements. This also works with other calendars-such as Google Calendar-which you've synced with your iPhone. It also means that all of your iMessages will automatically show up on any new Apple device that supports the messaging service.

Editors' note: This story was originally published at 10:01 a.m. PT. The update also brings iMessage in the Cloud - you can have iMessages read to you from any of your Apple devices and deleting a message from one will delete it on all others. Your device should be running on a Wi-Fi connection to download the over-the-air (OTA) update. You can find it under Settings General Software Update.

Apple's iOS 11.4 update has been released, and with Messages in iCloud support, there's more to it than just AirPlay 2.

However, before we get ahead, let's dissect Messages in iCloud: Prior to 29 May 2018, when Apple rolled out iOS 11.4, you couldn't use iCloud for your text messages.

The AirPlay 2 update also allows two HomePods to connect via stereo pairing. This helps to save some local storage space on your devices. Scroll down to the list of apps with iCloud support and toggle on Messages. At the moment, only Apple TV and HomePod are AirPlay 2 enabled, but more devices are said to be coming soon.

  • Kara Saunders