Apple releases tvOS 11.4 with AirPlay 2 and watchOS 4.3.1

30 May, 2018, 08:08 | Author: Patty Hardy
  • White Home Pod speaker on a black shelf

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.

AirPlay 2 multi-room will be operated via the iOS Control Centre.

When you delete messages and conversations, they are instantly removed from all your devices. First and foremost, iOS 11.4 adds "Messages on iCloud", which Apple first announced late past year. You can also use one iPhone to order the Kitchen HomePod to play a different song than the Living Room HomePod, though that doesn't seem like it would be a frequent need in most homes.

Of course, AirPlay 2 also gives an update to Apple's own HomePod speaker. iOS 11.4 adds stereo support, allowing users to use pairs of HomePod devices for multi-channel audio playback.

With AirPlay 2 you'll be able to add supported speakers to the Home app to use alongside HomePod.

AirPlay 2-ready devices now include the Apple TV set-top box and Apple's HomePod speaker, but third-party speaker makers are expected to update their own devices to support AirPlay 2.

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Music can originate from either an iOS device or from the Wi-Ficonnected HomePods themselves.

TvOS 11.4 and watchOS 4.3.1 don't contain almost as many exciting new features as iOS 11.4, but if you like playing music from your Apple TV you should definitely grab the update ASAP.

If a user deletes a message on one device, that message will be wiped from all devices instantly. You can download watchOS 4.3.1 by going into the Watch app on your iPhone and then selecting General Software Update. That frees up storage space for other things like music, photos, and more.

iOS 11.4 arrives today, and with it, a bunch of welcome upgrades. That now changes with iOS 11.4.

To turn on Messages in iCloud, enable Messages in iCloud settings (Settings [your name] iCloud).

For the Mac, go to Preferences within the Messages app and click the checkbox next to Enable Messages in iCloud.



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