Apple releases iOS 11.4 with Messages in iCloud

30 May, 2018, 11:32 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • Tyler Lizenby  CNET

Tap there, and the iOS 11.4 update should be waiting for you to download just by following the onscreen prompts.

Not only were these features first teased 12 months ago, they were part of several iOS 11 betas, but rescinded from final public software update each update. It also means that all of your iMessages will automatically show up on any new Apple device that supports the messaging service.

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.

Approximately 2GB in size, iOS 11.4 supports all iPhone models from the iPhone 5s through iPhone X, all iPads from the iPad Air and iPad mini 2 through the iPad Pro 10.5-inch, and the sixth-generation iPod touch.

Play music at the same time on multiple AirPlay 2-enabled speakers in your house, all in sync.




Along with revealing that the HomePod is making its way to Canada on June 18th for $449, Apple has also confirmed that iOS 11.4, the next update to its mobile operating system, adds AirPlay 2 multi-room audio support. Multi-room audio lets HomePods synchronize music playback in different rooms, while the other feature allows users to pair two HomePods next to each other to create stereo sound.

AirPlay 2 was supposed to be included in iOS 11.3 but Apple had to pull the feature. Eventually, third-party connected speaker companies will also be adding AirPlay 2 support so that their devices will be able to join the multi-room party. Deleting a message on one device would remove it from all your devices.

However, you can check if the update is available for you by heading into the Settings menu, tapping General and then selecting Software Update.

For tvOS 11.4, you can update your fourth- or fifth-gen Apple TV via the Settings app, and for watchOS 4.3.1, you'll need to use the Watch app on your iPhone. That now changes with iOS 11.4. The update also brings iMessage in the Cloud - you can have iMessages read to you from any of your Apple devices and deleting a message from one will delete it on all others. With the feature, all your iMessages are stored in iCloud.

For the Mac, go to Preferences within the Messages app and click the checkbox next to Enable Messages in iCloud.

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