speaker, but third-party speaker makers are expected to update their own devices to support AirPlay 2.
You'll need to be updated to the latest versions of both iOS and macOS to take advantage of the feature, and you'll have to be signed into iCloud with the same Apple ID on each device you want synched. The update brings features promised by Apple during the first announcement of iOS 11 at WWDC 2017. Essentially, the new setup makes it easier for users to play in-sync audio through all (or only some) of the speakers in their home. Notably, your HomePod will automatically receive the update to support stereo pairs unless auto updates are disabled in the Home app on your iPhone or iPad.
But Apple still has a lot to do to catch up with its peers, as the company only sold 600,000 HomePod speakers in the first three months of this year, according to Strategy Analytics - figures that were dwarfed by four million Amazon Echo sales, and 2.4 million Google Home speaker sales.
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. AirPlay 2 also lets users answer calls without stopping music playback on the connected speakers.
Specifically for HomePod users, the iOS 11.4 update brings support for setting up HomePod stereo pair using your iPhone or iPad.
There are still some issues, though: yes, HomePod now supports Apple's calendar app, but still cannot distinguish between voices, so anyone within speaking range of one of your HomePods can access your calendar data (you can turn off calendar support in settings, of course). Stereo pairing, combined with HomePod's spacial awareness feature, means that the devices can fill a room with sound that has more depth, balance, and power than before. The feature also keeps up with deleted messages, which will sync to all your devices - so no more having to delete a conversation per device. You can leverage the new development and store all your messages, photos, and other attachments received through the Messages app directly on iCloud.
Everyone who sets up an iCloud account gets 5 gigabytes of free storage space, but once you hit that limit, you either have to pay for more storage or start to triage the apps that make use of your iCloud storage.
Apple today announced the release of iOS 11.4.