The 5 biggest new features in iOS 11.4

The 5 biggest new features in iOS 11.4

It's built for video and audio but it's the audio side that everyone's interested in as it means you can pair two Apple Homepod speakers, arguably a feature that really should have been available day one of the Homepod's release. Messages in iCloud also makes it easier to delete message information-delete a message, photo, or other attachment from one device and it automatically disappears from all of your other iCloud-connected devices. Just launch the Settings app, tap on General and scroll down to Software Update.

The new software adds another feature missing from the HomePod: the ability to check your calendar.

Apple introduced AirPlay in 2011 which was first known as AirTunes.

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Credit: Tom's GuideIf you're among the underwhelming number of people who bought the HomePod, the new iOS brings some welcome functionality to your speaker, especially if you own multiple devices.

Right now Amazon's Alexa smart assistant can also control third-party speakers like Sonos, while you can't ask Google Assistant via Google Home speaker to play music to a Sonos speaker. Why Apple is not highlighting this is unclear, but this feature was announced at WWDC a year ago and syncs messages across a user's devices. Having said that, Apple is offering features such as location sensing and advanced beamforming to take on the competition. Basically, with iOS 11.4, messages - either iMessage or SMS - can now be stored to iCloud.

If a user deletes a message on one device, that message will be wiped from all devices instantly. This will also help users free up space on their iPhones.

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Messages on iCloud can be turned on from the Settings Tapping on Account iCloud and toggling on iCloud backup for messages. Scroll down to the list of apps with iCloud support and toggle on Messages. HomePod is Apple's smart speaker powered by Siri, though it is not yet available in India. The company says that when two speakers are paired, they are capable of "delivering room-filling sound that is more spacious than a traditional stereo pair". Apple iPhone 5s and above, iPad Air and later, and the iPod touch 6th generation are eligible for the latest iOS 11 update.

See also : What would Steve Jobs think of today's Apple? More issues like CarPlay audio sounding distorted and selecting music on iPhone over Bluetooth devices have been fixed.

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