The 5 biggest new features in iOS 11.4

HomePod speaker and iPhone X displaying Control Center

This means you can play the same song everywhere or move music from one room to another using an iOS device, HomePod, Apple TV, or simply by asking Siri.

Called Messages in iCloud, it syncs messages you receive through the Messages app across your devices, whether that be your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or even a Mac (sorry Apple Watch owners, you don't get this feature, and will most likely have to wait for watchOS 5).

Airplay 2 support will also come to speakers from other manufacturers via firmware updates or new product launches. Following the update, AirPlay 2 opens up a whole world of multi-room streaming capabilities that were previously not available on the iPhone or iPad, such as controlling multiple speakers, which, up until now you were only able to do on the MacBook. Next week's developers conference may bring more updates to Siri and HomePod as both have been major points of focus for Apple in the past year.

When it comes to the multi-room feature, speakers use spatial awareness to automatically deliver the best possible sound, and Apple's wireless peer-to-peer direct link ensures that music stays in sync.

"The knock on HomePod is its $349 price is about 2-3x the price of a typical smart speaker", Munster writes.

Golden Knights' pregame show was freakish start to Stanley Cup
Per NBC , Monday night's game was up 7 percent from Predators/Penguins past year and up 36 percent from Sharks/Penguins in 2016. The Knights are a new team that features two former Flyers that I was rather fond of, Luca Sbisa and Pierre Edward Bellemare.

Anyway, as it turns out, there is a much more important feature in iOS 11.4 than AirPlay 2 stereo pairing.

There's, of course, the Apple HomePod. The wireless audio protocol supports multi-room and HomePod stereo-pairing.

iCloud support for "Messages" was one of the most talked about features during the announcement of iOS 11. It also backs up iMessages so that any new device in the account can get old iMessages without restoring a backup. Users who saved all of their iMessage conversations may have found their local storage space taken up by large iMessage logs since all that information saved to individual devices. You can leverage the new development and store all your messages, photos, and other attachments received through the Messages app directly on iCloud.

Apple iOS 11.4 is now out for users. Users will need WiFi on their iOS device in order to download the update. HomePod users can update its software in Apple's Home app.

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