iOS 11.4 Launches Today With AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud, HomePod Gets Multi-Room Audio, Stereo Pairing

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has announced that iOS 11.4 will be publicly released today with long-awaited support for AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud.


    iOS 11.4 should be available over-the-air and through iTunes shortly after 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time, likely alongside tvOS 11.4, macOS 10.13.5, and watchOS 4.3.1, following nearly two months of beta testing. A companion software update for HomePod will also be pushed out automatically and through the Home app.

    The software will enable multi-room audio with HomePods, Apple TVs, and other AirPlay 2-enabled speakers when they become available, including the Sonos One, Playbase, and Play:5, and models from Bang & Olufsen, Bluesound, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, Denon, Libratone, Marantz, Marshall, Naim, and Pioneer.

    Multi-room audio support will enable users to play music in any room, from any room, move music from one room to another, or play the same song everywhere using an iOS device, HomePod, Apple TV, or by asking Siri.

    AirPlay 2 will also enable stereo pairing of multiple HomePods. Using spatial awareness to sense their location in the room, each HomePod automatically adjusts the audio to sound as optimal as possible, according to Apple:
    AirPlay 2 playback and volume controls are available across iOS within any app and in Control Center. On iOS 11.4, users can also ask Siri to play music in any room, a group of rooms, or everywhere in the home.

    While not mentioned in Apple's press release, The Verge notes that iOS 11.4 will include support for Messages in iCloud, keeping all iMessages and preferences synced across devices. If you delete a message on your Mac, for example, it will also be deleted on your iPhone and other devices signed into the same Apple ID.

    The Verge also said the HomePod is gaining calendar support for Siri, so you can add events to your calendar, ask when and where your meetings are, and so forth. The feature is said to work with any calendar you add to the standard Calendar app on iOS, as part of the HomePod's personal request feature.

    AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud were introduced as key new features in iOS 11 at WWDC 2017, but neither were included in the public release version last September, and never returned for good. Multi-room audio and stereo pairing are also delayed features that were supposed to be available when the HomePod launched.

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  2. sputnikv macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
  3. bgro macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    South Florida
  4. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
    WWDC for iOS 12 is literally in 6 days. Lmao. About time. :p
  5. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Nearly a year after the feature was first shown off? A well deserved FINALLY.
  6. profets macrumors 601

    Mar 18, 2009
    Sure, but this is final release of 11.4, and with messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2 I’m not complaining (still 3-4 months until iOS 12 GM).
  7. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    Doesn't mean we can't get an update to 11!
  8. PavelGubarev macrumors newbie


    Dec 3, 2015
  9. spazzcat macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2007
    I wonder what the new topic people will find to complain about...
  10. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
    Oh, I meant more along the lines of... it was a year ago that this was announced haha. About time. :p
  11. nylon macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2004
    Teh Buzzfeed Page has been taken down, it seems.
  12. alFR macrumors 68020

    Aug 10, 2006
    Buzzfeed link is dead now (404). Guess they put it up early?
  13. recoil80 macrumors 68020

    Jul 16, 2014
    So they had to release 11.4 this week, since next week they'll start with 12 betas.
    Airplay 2 was long overdue, so it is a good news. I don't see the update available yet but I already expected it for today, maybe it will be available at 10 pacific time
  14. brentsg, May 29, 2018
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    brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    I mean better Homepod is great, but I'd settle for Siri not responding to questions not asked, and fewer absurd responses when I ask her to play a song we own.
  15. gnipgnop macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2009
    Certainly makes buying a second unit much more tempting now...
  16. sputnikv macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    Assume any features they announce for iOS12 to be released a week before the iOS13 announcement next year
  17. gigapocket1 macrumors 65832

    Mar 15, 2009
    Will AirPlay 2 let me Play Music thru 2 sets of AirPods at the same time? For shared music/video watching
  18. HailstormX macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2012
    Nice! well it will be a fun 6 days of the 11.4 GM. Im guessing Ill punish my self all summer long with the iOS 12 betas lol
  19. Bistroengine macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2004
  20. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Interesting. I wonder how Buzzfeed learned about today's release. Of if they're even right.
  21. 2010mini macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2013
    Get a new battery. Just changed the one in my 6s and it’s like I have a new phone.
  22. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Airplay 2 has arrived finally? Nice one. Now bring on the HomePod to the rest of us please!
  23. Macwick macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2008
    Lack of an Airport Express firmware update to support Airplay 2.
  24. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    was expecting 11.4 would come with calendar support as well for the homepod
  25. happydude macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2006
    a gasping dying planet
    well, that's welcome news to wake up to this morning.

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