Apple Releases iOS 11.4 With Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2

iOS 11

Apple has been seeding iOS 11.4 to developers and public beta testers for weeks, but the company has finally decided it’s time for a public launch.

Apple today officially released iOS 11.4 to the public. It is available as an over-the-air update right now. 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.

As far as what’s new, there are a couple of noteworthy additions. First and foremost, iOS 11.4 adds “Messages on iCloud”, which Apple first announced late last year. The feature will help reduce iMessages’ impact on your iPhone’s built-in storage by storing attachments and photos in iCloud. It also means that all of your iMessages will automatically show up on any new Apple device that supports the messaging service. 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.

In addition to that, iOS 11.4 adds AirPlay 2 support, and brings stereo support for the company’s first smart speaker, the HomePod.

This isn’t a huge update in itself, but the inclusion of Messages on iCloud makes it a noteworthy update. Plus, adding AirPlay 2 support for the HomePod should be a welcomed new addition as well.

iOS 11.4 is available to download and install now. Do you plan on upgrading right away?