Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Apple AirPlay 2 vs AirPlay: What’s the difference?

Apple AirPlay 2 vs AirPlay: What’s the difference?

Users can say, "Hey Siri, play classical in the living room", and the appropriate audio will play through the AirPlay 2-compatible speakers, but only in the living room.

The latest update to iOS 11 will let you listen to audio across rooms and also take advantage of a feature promised so long ago, you might have forgotten that it was coming to your iPhone.

Apple iOS 11 also brings support for storing messages on iCloud along with bug fixes and improvements. If you haven't received a notification for the update you can manually check it by going to Settings General Software Update. The iOS 11.4 update is around 330 MB is size.

Apple introduced AirPlay in 2011 which was first known as AirTunes.

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. You're not restricted to using Siri with the HomePod either, as she plays with other third-party speakers.

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Here's a complete tutorial on how you can enable Messages in iCloud in iOS 11 / iOS 11.4 and how you can use it too. The feature, however, never arrived with most people having forgotten about it.

In addition to AirPlay 2 support, the next major change the iOS 11.4 update brings is an enhanced messaging experience that is now backed by iCloud.

With iCloud support users will have more control over Messages on different devices. You could be working on your Mac or iPod and see SMS messages in the Messages app and choose to act on them and then AND have that action reflected across all your devices. This will be helpful for those who are short on space.

Messages on iCloud can be turned on from the Settings Tapping on Account iCloud and toggling on iCloud backup for messages.

Messages in iCloud have been coming soon for nearly a while now, and its good the firm is finally delivering on their promise. We're talking about Sonos, of course, and the Sonos One Smart Speaker offers full support for Apple's new AirPlay 2 that was rolled out on Tuesday along with the iOS 11.4 release.

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