How to Enable and Use Messages in iCloud in iOS 11 / 11.4

HomePod speaker and iPhone X displaying Control Center

Of course, the iOS 11.4 update has a ton of other improvements, but messages in iCloud is one of the most interesting new additions. To download and install the new software, head into the Settings app on your supported iOS device, then select General - Software Update and follow the onscreen instructions. iOS 11.4 may take several minutes to successfully download and go through the update process, so make sure you have enough free time to finish up the process. You're not restricted to using Siri with the HomePod either, as she plays with other third-party speakers. Also, it is advisable to back up your data before beginning the update process.

Apple iOS 11.4 for brings AirPlay 2 which will let users control music in their home from iOS device.

And AirPlay 2 enables multi-room playback, letting you pump music and audio to speakers in various spots in your flat and have them be synced up.

This means that as long as you have an AirPlay 2-compatible speaker, it can be added to a multi-room setup to rival the existing one-brand systems out there right now. Nevertheless, the new change is likely to convince other multimedia device manufacturers to integrate the new protocol.

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But when we reviewed the £319 HomePod, we stated that most of its teething problems could be fixed, in particular the lack of stereo pairing and potential benefits of AirPlay 2.

At the current price the HomePod is awfully pricey to be deployed in a stereo pair-for half price you can pair two Sonos One speakers-but it does sound very good. This innovative stereo sound provides a wide, nearly three dimensional soundstage for an incredible listening experience anywhere in the room.

It is worth mentioning here that multi-room audio support and stereo pairing both are already available on Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers. The feature, however, never arrived with most people having forgotten about it. The new update brings in all the features Apple had promised at last year's WWDC event, such as Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2.

But wait, there's more - you end up saving space on your device as well as your messages are offloaded to Apple's iCloud servers.

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