Apple is set to release iOS 11.4 today, the latest version of its mobile operating system for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches, which includes AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud. This will also add support for HomePod stereo pairs and a new multi-room audio system. The update should be available from the Software Update feature of supported devices around 1:00 pm Eastern Time.
Starting June 18, HomePod will debut in new countries like Canada, France and Germany.
HomePod will finally be able to play the same audio on multiple speakers and Apple TV at once. A feature that was supposed to work at launch, well it’s better than never. Users can ask Siri to play different audio to specific rooms in the house. Thanks to special awareness, each HomePod will automatically adjust the audio settings to get the best sound quality regardless of where it’s placed.
Here’s a statement from Apple:
With an A8 chip in each speaker, each HomePod is able to play its own audio channel — left or right — while separating out both the ambient and direct energy. This innovative stereo sound provides a wide, almost three-dimensional soundstage for an incredible listening experience anywhere in the room. A HomePod stereo pair creates room-filling sound with greater bass extension, resulting in a deeper, more accurate reproduction of low frequencies.
Stereo pairing for the HomePod is plain simple. During the setup, if you got two speakers present, you’ll be asked if you want to pair them. While both HomePods are connected and act as one, only one speaker will respond to Siri commands.
We should note, the HomePod is already an expensive smart speaker itself, to enjoy that feature you’ll have to spend twice its price ($349).
The HomePod is also getting support for the calendar. Now you can ask Siri to add events to your calendar through the HomePod speaker.
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