Download: tvOS 11.4, watchOS 4.3.1 Final Version Released

Leigh Mccormick
May 30, 2018

Additionally, AirPlay 2 enables you to attend a call or play a game on your iPhone or iPad without interrupting music playback on your AirPlay 2-enabled speakers.

Messages in iCloud essentially boils down to making your messages sync better across all your devices (old or new) and letting your messages and their associated attachments and photos take up less space on your device. These speakers can be integrated seamlessly into your multi-room setup, allowing you to mix and match speakers and audio products from different brands, including Bang & Olufsen, Bluesound, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, Denon, Libratone, Marantz, Marshall, Naim, Pioneer, and Sonos. A bug that showed app icons in the wrong place on the home screen has been addressed, too, plus a login issue for Google Drive, Google Docs, and Gmail in Safari.

Though HomePod's sales have reportedly been underwhelming, Apple is looking to change that by expanding the speaker's capabilities and availability outside of its initial territories.

The new iOS build also includes AirPlay 2.

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Enlarge / AirPlay 2 lets you play music, podcasts, and other audio throughout your entire home using multiple speakers. The company says that when two speakers are paired, they are capable of "delivering room-filling sound that is more spacious than a traditional stereo pair". For HomePod, AirPlay 2 features are automatically supported and music can be streamed around the house without the need to manually group speakers.

To get the iOS 11.4 update on your iOS device, go to Settings - General - Software Update. It allows all Messages sent and received in Apple's messaging apps to be synced to all devices synced to that account. Tap there, and the iOS 11.4 update should be waiting for you to download just by following the onscreen prompts. Subsequently, if you delete a message on your iPhone, it will also get deleted on other iOS devices and vice-versa. As with any iOS update, we recommend backing up your iPhone first.

Not only were these features first teased 12 months ago, they were part of several iOS 11 betas, but rescinded from final public software update each update. Apple kicks off WWDC 2018 next week.

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