The 5 biggest new features in iOS 11.4

Marion JacobsMay 30, 2018

Note that you can play music from Apple Music (or your downloaded music collection) on your iPhone, or tell Siri running on the HomePods to play this song or that. And in proper stereo, something that one HomePod-for all Apple's talk of creating a "3-D sound field"-could not achieve alone". You can leverage the new development and store all your messages, photos, and other attachments received through the Messages app directly on iCloud.

As usual, iOS 11.4 also introduces some important security patches, bug fixes, and under-the-hood improvements. Here's a rundown of the features.

If a user deletes a message on one device, that message will be wiped from all devices instantly.

The biggest advantage that AirPlay 2 brings to the table is multi-room audio support. And you'll be able to ask Siri to play a given song in the bedroom or in the living room. You'll also be able to take a call on your iPhone without stopping playback.

AirPlay 2 is all about multiroom audio, and it also brings stereo dual-HomePod music playback to HomePods.

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Once paired, the speakers rely on the A8 chip to sync and split the left and right stereo channels between the two devices. Stereo pairing, combined with HomePod's spacial awareness feature, means that the devices can fill a room with sound that has more depth, balance, and power than before. If you've got an iOS 11 device, you can update to iOS 11.4 by going into Settings General Software Update on your phone or tablet.

Here's what you need to know about Messages in iCloud and how to switch on the new feature.

But another key feature in iOS is the long-expected addition of Messages in iCloud, which syncs across all devices and deletes iMessages across everything, so you won't get quite as spammed.

Apple iOS 11.4 is now out for users. Apple's iOS 11.4 update also comes with Messages on iCloud, which was actually announced at WWDC 2017. To enable the feature on your iPhone, go to Settings, tap your name at the top of the Settings screen and select iCloud; from there, scroll down to the list of Apps Using iCloud and make sure Messages is toggled on.

Conversations are still end-to-end encrypted, Apple points out, and Messages in iCloud isn't enabled by default.

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