Apple Debuts iOS 11.4 With AirPlay 2 Audio Support For HomePod

Tech giant Apple has rolled out iOS 11.4, and it brings a lot of changes to Apple HomePods: AirPlay 2 with multi-room audio. The company’s iOS 11.4 update now allows both HomePod and Apple TV devices to play audio in your home or selected areas of your home. The latest iOS update is also applicable for forthcoming third-party AirPlay 2 devices as well.


OS 11.4 With AirPlay 2 Audio Support For HomePod


This means all the AirPlay 2 devices could now be controlled if you will be using the iOS device, HomePod, Apple TV, or by simply asking Apple’s smart assistant Siri. You can activate Siri by saying a command, say you want to hear music in a room. Then Siri will automatically play a particular music via AirPlay 2-compatible speakers.

Also, several manufacturers have also pledged to support AirPlay 2. This includes Bang & Olufsen, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, Marshall, Pioneer, and Sonos, among others. Furthermore, AirPlay 2 devices would now show up in the Apple Home app. This is possible because AirPlay 2 now integrates with HomeKit.



Also, the iOS 11.4 has brought some update for Messages in iCloud to the operating system. It can be recalled that this feature has been a work in progress since Apple has introduced iOS 11 last year. With the recent update, Messages in iCloud serves as a storage house where all iMessages in Apple’s cloud are kept.



Before, an Apple user needs to sign in using a user’s iCloud account to receive iMessages. Those Apple users who saved all of their iMessage conversations are complaining of the storage space taken up by iMessage. This is because all the information is being stored to individual devices.


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Noise-Cancelling Headphones From Marshall

Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones

Noise-cancelling headphones is the latest from Marshall. The company adds noise cancelling to its Bluetooth headphones with the Mid ANC.

The Marshall Mid ANC Headphones

Marshall is slowly building an entire line-up of headphones and consumer-focused speakers by licensing its brand to Zound Industries. The new headphones are the first from Marshall to offer active noise cancelling. It is a welcome update to the company’s line-up.

The Mid ANC is almost pretty much identical to the original Mid Bluetooth. That is, aside from the new switch on the right ear that allows for toggling active noise cancelling. The original Mid Bluetooth had two passive noise-reduction microphones. The Mid ANC however doubled it to four microphones. This allows active noise cancellation. Turn it on and almost all of the outside world will vanish. But its battery life will be affected. It will have 30 percent less battery life.

Its Design

Basically, the design of Mid ANC is the same as the Mid Bluetooth. They have the same black leather vinyl finish, brass highlights and the same overall design. Marshall said it has tweaked a few colors here and there and claims to have improved the hinge to make it a little more comfortable. Sad to say though, that the Mid ANC still charge like the Mid Bluetooth, via Micro USB, not USB-C.


According to those who have tried the Mid ANC, it does not have any significant difference if compared to the Mid Bluetooth. The original Mid headphones were already pretty good at blocking out noise passively. But the active noise cancellation dramatically improves the ability.
It is not like the total sonic isolation of expensive more expensive models from Bose or Sony could provide. The Mid ANC costs less.

The biggest problem with the Mid ANC on the other hand, was the fit. Wearing this on-ear headphones for a long period of time gives you the feeling that your ears are getting crushed. It may probably depend on its user. But hopefully, Marshall will develop the Mid ANC Bluetooth headphones and make it a state of the art device.

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