The speaker's new AirPlay 2 feature will also let users connect other internet-connected speakers, like models from Bang & Olufsen and Sonos, to the Apple HomePod so the entire group can be controlled with Siri commands.
iPhone users will be pleased to see AirPlay 2 support come to so many third-party speakers, especially given the mixed reception afforded to Apple's expensive HomePod speaker.
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With iCloud support users will have more control over Messages on different devices.
Messages in iCloud have been coming soon for nearly a while now, and its good the firm is finally delivering on their promise.
AirPlay 2 controls are available across iOS within any app and in Control Center for quick access to what's playing in every room, on every speaker. This will also free up storage space on a compatible Apple device; messages that users want to keep will no longer need to be stored internally on it.
Just ahead of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference next week, Apple is today releasing iOS 11.4, the latest version of its mobile operating system for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. Conversely, if you delete a message or conversation, it'll be deleted across all devices signed into that same iMessage account. With an A8 chip in each speaker, each HomePod is able to play its own audio channel left or right while separating out both the ambient and direct energy. Once your devices are updated to iOS 11.4, HomePod will automatically update for the pairing support.
iOS 11.4 also adds Messages in iCloud, which has gone through several rounds of beta testing.
For the Mac, go to Preferences within the Messages app and click the checkbox next to Enable Messages in iCloud.