Apple releases iOS 11.4; update includes AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud

With AirPlay 2, music can be played in any room from any room

With AirPlay 2, music can be played in any room from any room

Apple has released iOS 11.4 today, which includes a couple of desired features in AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud. The latter assures users that they can access the latest conversations on any Apple device including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac. And when a message is deleted on one device, it is gone from all of them. This way, users are sure that they are relying on the latest information when engaged in a conversation using iMessage. This will also free up storage space on a compatible Apple device; messages that users want to keep will no longer need to be stored internally on it.

The new iOS build also includes AirPlay 2. This feature allows two HomePod units in the same room to stream music in stereo with individual left and right channels. AirPlay 2 also allows users to play music in any room from any room using an iOS device, HomePod, Apple TV or Siri.  Music can be moved from one room to another, and different songs can be streamed in different rooms. AirPlay 2 is available now in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, and will rollout starting June 18th in Canada, France and Germany. Besides asking Siri to control the title of the songs playing, the rooms that they are playing in, and the volume, users can employ the Control Center to handle the same tasks.

The update to iOS 11.4 also adds calendar support for Apple's HomePod smart speaker. Bad news again for those in Canada, France and Germany; the calendar support for HomePod won't be available until later in the year.

You can check to see if iOS 11.4 is now available to be installed on your device by going to General > Software Update on your Apple iPhone or iPad.

The Control Center allows users to play different songs in different rooms, change the volume and more

The Control Center allows users to play different songs in different rooms, change the volume and more


source: Apple

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31 Comments

1. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 664; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Downloading it right now. Let’s see what it does.

2. Vokilam

Posts: 1140; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You’re brave. My first iPhone in years and even I read enough to wait out installing updates from Apple. I’m gonna wait a week.

3. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 664; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Well. If there should be major bugs I can rely on Apple to fix them with a hot fix.

5. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

I'm glad iMessage on cloud is back for good

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7004; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's the only way Apples iMessage can work across all their devices, including the HomePods. But their goes that privacy crap that Apple is always boasting about where Apple only keeps the users data on your iPhone. If you want a half decent assistant, which Siri is not, then you have to centralize the users data. So Siri can try to be a better assistant. Both Google and Alexa have much better assistants, because they have access to the users data. Like emails, messages, calendar events, and more. Think about it, if you want a human assistant to organize your data and information in your life. Then a human would have to have access to your data. The same is true for these AI assistants. That is why things like Google Assistant is superior to Apples Siri. Siri cannot compete unless she has access to the users data.

8. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 664; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I hope Apple gives Siri access to the data. This wouldn’t be an issue for privacy either. It would become an issue if was giving the data to third parties or if Apple sold the data to third parties.

9. Trex95

Posts: 2364; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Try out all these assistant still Siri the smarter and the most responsive assistant.

15. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Not sure, how you use is, but Siri is pretty brain dead. What is even more interesting is, that my friends Siri responds to my commands. Shouldn't assistants know who speaks to them? Like do not read text messages to "strangers"?

19. Vokilam

Posts: 1140; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I don’t know, seems like baloney. If I block Face ID - Siri tells me to unlock the iPhone to read anyone’s message as well as other demands that would otherwise show personal data.

10. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I think most people are catching on to giving Google their data. I dont care if the assistant washes my car, Google is not getting my data anymore.

16. iushnt

Posts: 3069; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

How did google getting data harm you? It’s just mind games u know..

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30875; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So then, Siri doesn’t suck, it isn’t subpar, and isn’t the problem...it’s Apple’s privacy policy that’s the issue here right...riiiiiiiiiiight.

24. yyzamin

Posts: 379; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

What's your comment got to do with the article? You sound a little butt hurt.

27. path45th

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

It works very well on my iPhone 8plus and iPad Air 2. I’m downing it on my iPhone 5s right now.

4. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Let's hope it will fix speakers on my iPad Pro, they breaked them with update. Twice!

6. Trex95

Posts: 2364; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Your iPad Pro has lot of issue never has an issue with my iPad mini 4 after update.

11. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I got every issue you can think of and find on and Apple support forums. It's gotten pretty ridiculous. Funny thing it's not just me, but my friend has one as well and his girlfriend has one, we all have issues every iOS "update" (trainwreck).

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30875; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’m gonna be honest dude, cause I always keep it 100. You and I have never had a problem here, but I gotta say, your story sounds a bit far fetched. I’m not gonna say you’re lying, but anyone who disses Apple as much as you do, prepare to be looked at in a skeptical way, when you claim you not only own Apple products, but are having major issues with them, that most aren’t having. IJS. I have the 12.9 Pro since December of 2016, and it’s been a great device, only a few YouTube documented glitches, and those got ironed out. It’s been the most consistent of any iOS device I’ve owned, other than the iPhone 5, that never gave me a single issue, that I can recall.

26. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Not to mention the last update I had to force restart my iPad Pro 12.9, because it "blocked" my iCloud and did not want to accept my device PIN. Force restart and issue vanished :-D iCloud was not blocked and PIN worked. Part of my job is beta testing, you can guess how that is working out for me.

23. Trex95

Posts: 2364; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

My younger brother using iPad Pro 2016 no issue at all so.

29. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Good for you...? But that does not fix my issue.

25. Vokilam

Posts: 1140; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I’m an android user for along time, but I also have an ipade 2017 - one of the best devices hardware and software combined. Every issue? Really? Come on...

12. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Oh the brave gal did the update. Stuttering is back .... yayyyyy.

13. TrumpsRuinedAmerica

Posts: 116; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

Sounds like you just have a defective iPad or caused damage to it. My iPad Pro works perfectly fine and I've been on the iOS 11.4 beta for quite some time.

14. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Sounds like you ... got lucky. We (3 people) didn't. Or are you trying to tell me, all those iPads are defective? What are the odds?

17. TrumpsRuinedAmerica

Posts: 116; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

Actually quite high if the batch was bad, happens all the time with many products. If a batch failed QA but still accidentally shipped out.

18. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Since we did not bought them in the same day, in the same store, those chances are really slim. On the other hand it would not surprised me all that much, considering Apple "quality".

30. NinoH

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

Ohhh common, be real you do not own any apple product do you!?! You are just a fanboy trying to diss all over apple, right?

31. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Oh you are the type of fan, that if you complain about something = you don't own it? I am really too lazy to take a phone or a camera and make a decent photo. Here you go week old photo of iCloud issues, that is the screen when tablet did freeze.https://photos.app.goo.gl/nSFKijDmucu1kiHt1

28. path45th

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

My iPad Air 2 has less lag than my friend’s Note 8.

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