Apple Announces iOS 11.4 Update With AirPlay 2 Multi-Room Audio, HomePod Stereo Pairs

Apple Announces iOS 11.4 Update With AirPlay 2 Multi-Room Audio, HomePod Stereo Pairs

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Apple has announced that iOS 11.4 will be released today bringing multi-room audio via AirPlay 2 and stereo pairing for the HomePod.

HomePod Stereo Pair
With two HomePod speakers set up as a stereo pair, this soundstage gets even wider, delivering room-filling sound that is more spacious than a traditional stereo pair from a speaker that’s just under 7-inches tall. Using spatial awareness to sense their location in the room, each HomePod automatically adjusts the audio to sound great wherever it is placed and sound great together, using an Apple-designed wireless peer-to-peer direct link to communicate with each other and play music completely in sync.

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.

Setting up a stereo pair is simple. When a second HomePod is set up in the same room, the user is prompted whether they would like to form a stereo pair, and in just a matter of minutes, the room is filled with amazing audio. Even though these two speakers act as one, each HomePod communicates with each other so that only one speaker responds to Siri requests.

Apple Announces iOS 11.4 Update With AirPlay 2 Multi-Room Audio, HomePod Stereo Pairs


AirPlay 2 and Multi-Room Audio
AirPlay 2 enables the most advanced, wireless multi-room audio system, creating an effortless way for people to stream music or podcasts anywhere in the home to different devices, all in-sync. While listening to music, it’s as easy as selecting or unselecting where the music is playing in Control Center, or users can ask Siri to play music in any room, a group of rooms, or everywhere in the home. For HomePod, AirPlay 2 features are automatically supported and music can be streamed around the house without the need to manually group speakers.

AirPlay 2 controls are available across iOS within any app and in Control Center for quick access to what’s playing in every room, on every speaker. Apple Music subscribers can also ask Siri to play different songs in different rooms or the same song everywhere, without ever leaving the room. Just like iPhone and iPad, HomePod will be able to communicate with other AirPlay 2-enabled speakers when they become available, so Siri can control music playing on speakers from Bang & Olufsen, Bluesound, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, Denon, Libratone, Marantz, Marshall, Naim, Pioneer and Sonos.


The iOS 11.4 update also brings Siri calendar support for the HomePod. You can follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS to be notified when the firmware update becomes available!


Apple Announces iOS 11.4 Update With AirPlay 2 Multi-Room Audio, HomePod Stereo Pairs

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