But Messages in Cloud didn't make it to the initial release of iOS 11 last September, and while it's shown up in a few betas since then, Apple has never rolled out the feature to the public at large. Apart from stereo pairing, which frankly should have been available at launch for such a product (especially if it was to take on the likes of the Sonos One with Alexa built in), the possibly more exciting news is the software update also unlocks Apple's new wireless multi-room audio system: AirPlay 2. This feature allows two HomePod units in the same room to stream music in stereo with individual left and right channels.
And AirPlay 2 enables multi-room playback, letting you pump music and audio to speakers in various spots in your flat and have them be synced up.
Messages in iCloud, meanwhile, has been even more eagerly anticipated.
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Messages in iCloud have been coming soon for nearly a while now, and its good the firm is finally delivering on their promise. The update, which included Messages in iCloud, essentially enables you to treat your iMessages like you treat your photos. Unlike stereo pairing, AirPlay 2 is not a HomePod exclusive. That now changes with iOS 11.4. As with any iOS update, we recommend backing up your iPhone first. 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. The update brings features promised by Apple during the first announcement of iOS 11 at WWDC 2017.
Apple's iOS 11.4 is available for download now.
Apple's HomePod is now the most expensive smart speaker on the market, with a price tag of $499, though a new model is expected to come at a lower cost. 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. This will also help users free up space on their iPhones.
The iOS 11.4 update also comes with the option for stereo pairs via two HomePod devices to create a wider soundstage effect.