Apple's iOS 11.4 could finally make the HomePod worth buying

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Apple TV, and Apple Watch owners are now able to download and install tvOS 11.4 and watchOS 4.3.1 with immediate effect.

The HomePod is compatible with the iPhone 5s or later and various iPad models, with iOS 11.2.5 or later.

First and foremost, this feature is exclusive to iOS 11.4. Thanks to this feature, it's now possible to pair two Apple HomePod speakers for a stereo setup; multi-room audio is now available too.

As usual, iOS 11.4 also introduces some important security patches, bug fixes, and under-the-hood improvements.

Of course, Airplay 2 still supports the ability to wirelessly push video from an iPhone, iPad or Mac onto Apple TV.

When I tried out the feature, I soon found out that it requires that both your iPhone and each HomePod be updated to the newest version of their software.

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The iOS 11.4 update does more than just add new languages to HomePod though. But iOS 11.4 sports some long-awaited features like AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud. This will also be make it easier when setting up a new iPhone or iPad. It allows all Messages sent and received in Apple's messaging apps to be synced to all devices synced to that account. He also thinks it will focus on ARKit technology to make for a more compelling user experience.

Messages in iCloud will use end-to-end encryption, and uses cloud storage instead of local storage for message archives and attachments. Apple has said that the digital assistant functions aren't as important as the audio features because people mostly use smart speakers to play music.

APPLE will turn up the volume on its smart speakers today with a much-anticipated software upgrade for its HomePod nearly four months after it was released in Australia.

But when we reviewed the £319 HomePod, we stated that most of its teething problems could be fixed, in particular the lack of stereo pairing and potential benefits of AirPlay 2. Apple likes to emphasize that with HomePod's 360 sound, it's more than just left and right.

Apple's HomePod is now the most expensive smart speaker on the market, with a price tag of $499, though a new model is expected to come at a lower cost.

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