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

HomePod speakers in white and space gray

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.

Until now, Apple fans could only use the original AirPlay format to take advantage of multi-room audio when streaming from iTunes running on a PC or Mac, not from a mobile device. Long story short, any device that can run Apple iOS 11 is also likely to be compatible with AirPlay 2.

AirPlay 2 is all about multiroom audio, and it also brings stereo dual-HomePod music playback to HomePods. Messages in iCloud stores all iMessages in Apple's cloud storage rather than on each individual device.

The AirPlay 2 update also allows two HomePods to connect via stereo pairing. The update brings the much-anticipated AirPlay 2 transfer protocol, announced at WWDC back in June last year and initially planned to reach Apple devices via iOS 11 in the third quarter of last year. It did make a comeback with iOS 11.3 beta a few months later but it was pulled yet again. Once updated, head into the Home app on your iPhone, select the HomePod you'd like to pair, tap Details and then Create Stereo Pair. Users will need WiFi on their iOS device in order to download the update.

First and foremost, this feature is exclusive to iOS 11.4.

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He added that the episode underscores the need for residents remaining in areas threatened by lava to be prepared to flee quickly. The lava flow has destroyed more than 80 structures, up from 50 earlier in the week and authorities expect that number to rise.

Beyond support for stereo pairing, Apple is mum on other new features in iOS 11.4, and it points users to the "Tips" app in the system to learn more. All previous message conversations which were synced with iCloud will appear when you set up a iOS device with the same account.

Thanks to AirPlay 2, you'll be able to sync up music playback on multiple AirPlay 2-compatible speakers throughout your home.

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

Apple hasn't released sales figures for its speaker, but estimates say the HomePod holds about 3 percent of the overall market in the USA, according to a February survey from investment firm Loup Ventures. Here's the full list of brands offering early support: Sonos, Denon and Marantz, Bose, Bang and Olufsen, Beats, Naim, Devialet, Dynaudio, Polk, McIntosh, Bowers & Wilkins, Libratone, Definitive Technology, and Bluesound.

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