Apple HomePod launching in more countries

Apple HomePod launching in more countries

Here's a detailed look at the new features on iOS 11.4.

The HomePod's other key update with iOS 11.4 is support for accessing calendars via Siri, letting users talk to the HomePod to check their schedule and add new appointments to their calendar. Along with that, the new update also brings in a set of other features and few other bug fixes pending from the previous update.

Music and video playback can now also be controlled throughout the home from the updated control center on iPhone/iPad or Apple TV.

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When I tried out the feature, I soon found out that it requires that both your iPhone and each HomePod be updated to the newest version of their software. Users will need WiFi on their iOS device in order to download the update. However, if you've missed it you can go to the "General" tab in the settings app and click on "Software Update".

Apple has released iOS 11.4 which means we all get to finally try AirPlay 2, Apple's streaming feature that has been in development for nearly a year now. Messages in iCloud allows users to store and sync their Messages across multiple devices via iCloud, a feature which was initially promised in iOS 11, and made an appearance in the iOS 11.3 betas before being pulled from the final release. In addition, it includes special (PRODUCT) RED wallpapers for iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus devices. You'll also be able to take a call on your iPhone without stopping playback. This will also help users free up space on their iPhones.

Messages in iCloud will use end-to-end encryption, and uses cloud storage instead of local storage for message archives and attachments.

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When Apple released the HomePod smart speaker back in February, we thought it was good, but weren't blown away. The update gives you the ability to pair two HomePod units in the same room, allowing them to act as stereo speakers. This advanced pairing functionality senses the location of your HomePod in the room to balance its sound.

There's, of course, the Apple HomePod.

- “Using spatial awareness to sense their location in the room, each HomePod automatically adjusts the audio to sound great wherever it is placed and sound great together, ” said Apple. This means you can play music at the same time on multiple speakers that are compatible with AirPlay 2.

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