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.
Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad. AirPlay is the promised update to this standard, and it brings multi-room audio support.
Apple will introduce a Beat-branded $250 HomePod smart speaker at WWDC, predicts Apple analyst Gene Munster. You're not restricted to using Siri with the HomePod either, as she plays with other third-party speakers.
The following are set to benefit from Apple AirPlay 2. 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. That means one HomePod in a room plays the right-channel content while the second HomePod plays the left-channel content at the same time.
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At the current price the HomePod is awfully pricey to be deployed in a stereo pair-for half price you can pair two Sonos One speakers-but it does sound very good. And you'll finally find support for Messages in iCloud, a syncing feature Apple first touted at last year's Worldwide Developer Conference but had yet to deliver in iOS 11.
Apple has released iOS 11.4 which means we all get to finally try AirPlay 2, Apple's streaming feature that has been in development for nearly a year now. It also backs up iMessages so that any new device in the account can get old iMessages without restoring a backup. Users who saved all of their iMessage conversations may have found their local storage space taken up by large iMessage logs since all that information saved to individual devices.
To go along with and compliment the release of iOS 11.4, Apple has today released a slew of other updates to its major software platforms as well. Apple has also since licensed the AirPlay to manufacturers for them to use in their products in order to be compatible with Apple's devices.