AirPlay 2 and HomePod stereo pairing arrive with iOS 11.4

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Earlier today, Apple announced that it was releasing iOS 11.4 with AirPlay 2 support and Messages in iCloud. After I updated my iPhone to iOS 11.4, I was able to update both HomePods via the Home app. HomePod 11.4 also brings stereo pairing to HomePod speakers, allowing users to set up two of them in a stereo configuration. This could be especially useful if you stream audio from an Apple TV, as a HomePod duo would provide a decent soundtrack to movies from iTunes.

The iOS 11.4 update is available today. With iOS 11.4, for example, you'll be able to take a call or play a game on your iPhone or iPad, without that interrupting the music playback on AirPlay 2 enabled speakers like HomePod.

The good news continues as the list of brands already signed up to support AirPlay 2 is impressive: Bang & Olufsen; Bluesound; Bose; Bowers & Wilkins; Definitive Technologies; Denon; Devialet; Dynaudio; Libratone; Marantz; McIntosh; Marshall; Naim; Pioneer; Polk; and Sonos.

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AirPlay 2 controls are available across iOS within any app and in Control Center for quick access to what's playing in every room, on every speaker. Outside of a few press demos prior to the HomePod launch, this is the first time that anyone's been able to use stereo pairing with the HomePod. 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.

When setting up a new device, a user's iMessage threads will be added automatically.

To turn on Messages in iCloud, enable Messages in iCloud settings (Settings [your name] iCloud). With this feature, your iMessages will be synced across your Mac and iOS devices so that your conversations are always up-to-date. Tap there, and the iOS 11.4 update should be waiting for you to download just by following the onscreen prompts. That's been a promised feature since HomePod debuted, and it's finally here with the newest software update.