Apple this afternoon will formally launch the most recent model of its iOS software program on your iPhone and iPad, iOS 11.4, which eventually provides assist for Messages in iCloud, together with different new options, together with most notably, AirPlay 2 and an replace that enables two HomePod audio system to work collectively as a stereo pair.
Messages in iCloud was first introduced a yr in the past at WWDC 2017 as a means of conserving conversations up-to-date throughout all of your Apple units, together with iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac. Its introduction means you’ll now have the ability to entry your whole Messages historical past whenever you arrange a brand new Apple system, and, whenever you delete a message from one system, that change syncs to all of your units.
Along with the advantage of with the ability to entry your whole dialog historical past, Messages in iCloud might be particularly useful to those that have a tendency to save lots of their all their conversations, however have a tool with out loads of storage.
Usually, this has led to these conversations taking over a large quantity of house – generally even gigabytes of storage, because of all of the photographs and attachments which might be shared throughout iMessage nowadays. With Messages in iCloud, nevertheless, every thing – together with attachments – are saved in iCloud, which frees up native cupboard space for different issues – like music downloads, movies, podcasts, books and apps, for instance.
The messages are additionally end-to-end encrypted for safety functions. They’re protected with a key derived from data distinctive to the system, mixed with the system passcode – which solely the system proprietor ought to know. Meaning nobody else may entry or learn the information.
The Messages in iCloud function had first appeared in early betas of iOS 11 final summer season, however was later pulled earlier than the iOS public launch. It later popped up again within the iOS 11.three beta, however it was unclear when Apple would launch it, provided that it had been disregarded of earlier iOS releases, regardless of all of the beta testing.
At present, the function is rolling out to all customers, through iOS 11.4.
Additionally new in iOS 11.Four are options targeted on media and leisure, together with the launch of AirPlay 2 and assist stereo pair for HomePod.
AirPlay 2 lets you stream your music or podcasts in your house to totally different units, all in-sync. You’ll be able to play music in any room from any room, transfer music from one room to a different, or play the identical tune all over the place utilizing an iOS system, HomePod, Apple TV, or by asking Siri. For instance, you possibly can say, “Hey Siri, play jazz within the kitchen,” whereas persevering with to have totally different music performed in one other room. You too can modify the amount throughout all units (“Hey Siri, flip the amount up everybody”), or play or cease music throughout units.
Quite a lot of speaker producers are already committing to assist AirPlay 2, together with Bang & Olufsen, Bluesound, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, Denon, Libratone, Marantz, Marshall, Naim, Pioneer and Sonos.
The beforehand introduced assist for HomePod stereo pairs, in the meantime, helps you to add a second HomePod to a room and create a stereo pair which play left and proper channel content material individually. The HomePod units will routinely detect and stability with one another, and detect their place within the room with the intention to provide a greater sound.
Apple has been positioning its speaker to raised compete with extra high-end audio methods, like Sonos or Bose. Stereo pair assist will enable it to raised compete on that front, however system gross sales may very well be held again by those that desire Amazon’s Alexa assistant, which ships on the Sonos One, to Apple’s Siri.
Calendar assist can also be arriving for HomePod with iOS 11.4, together with the standard bug fixes and efficiency tweaks.
You’ll be able to test for the iOS replace from the Settings app, underneath “Common –> Software program Replace.” HomePod house owners can update from the Dwelling app. The replace is anticipated to begin rolling out at 10 AM PT.