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iMessage comes to iCloud and AirPlay 2

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As I’m sure you know, late yesterday Apple released iOS 11.4. Which may be one of the latest major updates to iOS 11 . The system presented almost a year ago has already reached maturity and efforts will be focused on the new iOS 12.

iMessage comes to iCloud and AirPlay 2
iMessage comes to iCloud and AirPlay 2

On Monday next week we have the opening conference of WWDC 2018. In the following weeks we will see the first iOS 12 beta’s arriving, so the development of iOS 11 will be a little bit behind .

It’s a law of life, but iOS 11.4 introduced some new features that may be important for many users. Let’s take a closer look at them.

Interestingly, the two main developments in iOS 11.4 have been delayed developments. That is, should have arrived a few months ago . Even so, they are now available to all of you who have updated.

Messages arrive at iCloud

The messages in iCloud have arrived almost a year after their presentation . We saw them during last year’s WWDC in the iOS 11 presentation. We don’t know what kind of problem Apple had but many rumors point to synchronization problems in iMessage.

It’s been a long wait, but it’s reached all the devices. First of all, we need to make sure that we have updated to iOS 11.4 and that we have them activated. To do this we go to Settings> Apple ID page> iCloud> activate Messages . For security reasons we must have two-factor authentication enabled.

But what are iCloud Messages for, that’s all they do:

  • You’ll have all your messages, whether iMessage or SMS, on all your iCloud enabled devices.
  • Deleted messages and threads are synchronized across all your devices, so when a conversation or message is deleted, it is deleted on all of them.
  • Store photos, attachments, and older messages from your devices in iCloud, saving storage space on your iPhone or iPad.
  • Enables a smaller backup of your local messages as part of the normal iCloud backup for each device. So you should save some space on your backup. With the old system, everything was stored locally on all devices and the backup on each device included a backup of all messages and attachments.
  • Sync all your old iMessage messages to new Apple devices. So if you buy a new iPad, iPhone, or Mac, messages in iCloud will sync all your message history to the new device, rather than just displaying recently received messages.

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One of the most important new features, if not the most important, that AirPlay has received since its launch. AirPlay 2 adds multiroom support for a wide variety of manufacturers. In addition, iOS 11.4 allows two HomePods to be paired for stereo sound. But let’s explain better what all this is for.

The multi-room support allows you to control your entire home audio system. You can make a song play in the living room and in the kitchen at the same time . It allows you to adjust the volume of each speaker separately. But best of all, these speakers don’t have to be the same or the same brand.

If you have two AirPlay 2 compatible speakers, for example a HomePod in your living room and a compatible Sonos in your bedroom, you can send your music to both devices. You can even sync them if you have them in the same room.

Stereo pairing for the HomePod is relatively simple, if you place it in the same room as another HomePod, your iPhone or iPad will ask you if you want to pair the speakers . Each HomePod will continue to use its individual microphones but they will be stereo synced so that both speakers work together.

As AirPlay 2 is an open API, any developer or manufacturer can add support to their speakers . And there are already many brands that have promised to upgrade their devices to be compatible like Bang & Olufsen or Bose.

For supported devices, they need to be updated to iOS 11.4 . Apple TV is also supported if it is updated to the latest version. The same goes for the HomePod, which must be updated to iOS 11.4.

Do you like the new features of iOS 11.4?