Download: tvOS 11.4, watchOS 4.3.1 Final Version Released

HomePod speaker and iPhone X displaying Control Center

HomePod speaker and iPhone X displaying Control Center

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.

AirPlay 2 is all about multiroom audio, and it also brings stereo dual-HomePod music playback to HomePods. Apple also initially announced iCloud support for iMessage at its developers conference past year. It also gives Apple TV the ability to transmit sound wirelessly to multiple speakers.

The lack of stereo pairing and multi-room audio was seen by many as a failing of HomePod, but Apple has now addressed this. To download and install the new software, head into the Settings app on your supported iOS device, then select General - Software Update and follow the onscreen instructions. iOS 11.4 may take several minutes to successfully download and go through the update process, so make sure you have enough free time to finish up the process.

Want a high-quality wireless speaker that supports Apple's new AirPlay 2 streaming standard? This means you can play the same song everywhere or move music from one room to another using an iOS device, HomePod, Apple TV, or simply by asking Siri.

One question I had was how accurately and dynamically the HomePod's fancy audio processing would recreate a recording's stereo split between right and left. Also, it is advisable to back up your data before beginning the update process.

It’s a slow start for ‘Solo’ at the Box office
For comparison, Rogue One opened to $155.1 million in 2016, and The Last Jedi grabbed $220 million in its opening weekend in 2017. It's a good movie, even if it's a bit dependent on references to Han Solo's great exploits and forcing them into visual context.

It also works with Apple iPod Touch 2015 (sixth generation) and the new HomePod.

AirPlay was supported on several older speakers and soundbars from third-party manufacturers.

Other features coming with the update include Apple'sSiri voice assistant's new ability to control some other non-Apple speakers including those made by Sonos, Bang & Olufson, Bose and others.

Specifically for HomePod users, the iOS 11.4 update brings support for setting up HomePod stereo pair using your iPhone or iPad.

Apple AirPlay 2 vs AirPlay: Which is better? With AirPlay 2, they should be able to add other brand speakers to their existing Sonos devices.

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