Apple launches iOS 11.4 and watchOS 4.3.1 updates

AirPlay 2 and Home Pod stereo pairing arrive with iOS 11.4		
		
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AirPlay 2 will allow users to play music in any room, move music from one room to another or play the same song everywhere via their iOS device, HomePod, Apple TV or by asking Siri.

We're about a week away from seeing what iOS 12 will be like, but in the meantime the latest version of iOS 11 is now available to download. iOS 11.4 is here, bringing two overdue features promised a year ago: AirPlay 2 and iMessages in iCloud.

Apple's AirPlay lets you fling video from an iPhone or iPad to an Apple TV, or wirelessly send audio to a compatible speaker - but AirPlay 2 is something new, and it's a lot more powerful than the old rendition. The two speakers will also use spatial awareness for the best sound experience when working together. Sonos, Bang & Olufsen, and numerous others have confirmed that they're onboard.

Apple has released iOS 11.4 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, adding the long-awaited support for Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2. But today marks the first time that HomePod owners can use AirPlay 2. You'll also be able to take a call on your iPhone without stopping playback.

Messages will also immediately start to appear on new devices after you sign into your iCloud account, and once you delete a message thread on one device, it will be automatically deleted on all of your devices. With this feature, your iMessages will be synced across your Mac and iOS devices so that your conversations are always up-to-date.

Messages in iCloud have been coming soon for nearly a while now, and its good the firm is finally delivering on their promise. You'll also need sufficient iCloud storage, mind. The Schoolwork app is designed for teachers to hand out assignments and information, while also keeping a track of every student's progress. Problems in the Health app like syncing and controlling data on different apps have been fixed. Check out Apple's list of third-party AirPlay 2-compatible devices. More issues like CarPlay audio sounding distorted and selecting music on iPhone over Bluetooth devices have been fixed.

You can download iOS 11.4 today.

TvOS 11.4: tvOS 11.4 is an update created to work in ideal harmony with devices running Apple's latest iOS 11.4 release.

Note: Make sure you're running iOS 11.4.

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