There are still some issues, though: yes, HomePod now supports Apple's calendar app, but still cannot distinguish between voices, so anyone within speaking range of one of your HomePods can access your calendar data (you can turn off calendar support in settings, of course).
When I tried out the feature, I soon found out that it requires that both your iPhone and each HomePod be updated to the newest version of their software.
The iOS 11.4 update is available today.
When it comes to the multi-room feature, speakers use spatial awareness to automatically deliver the best possible sound, and Apple's wireless peer-to-peer direct link ensures that music stays in sync. You can also use one iPhone to order the Kitchen HomePod to play a different song than the Living Room HomePod, though that doesn't seem like it would be a frequent need in most homes.
"The knock on HomePod is its $349 price is about 2-3x the price of a typical smart speaker", Munster writes.
Specifically for HomePod users, the iOS 11.4 update brings support for setting up HomePod stereo pair using your iPhone or iPad.
Beyond support for stereo pairing, Apple is mum on other new features in iOS 11.4, and it points users to the "Tips" app in the system to learn more. That was a major missing feature for the HomePod at launch, especially for a device that's supposed to act as the center of your smart home.
Apple's HomePod is now the most expensive smart speaker on the market, with a price tag of $499, though a new model is expected to come at a lower cost.
For years, Apple has offered AirPlay so that you could instantly share audio or video between your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, an Apple TV, or another AirPlay-enabled device. It also supports Messages in iCloud. Here's the full list of brands offering early support: Sonos, Denon and Marantz, Bose, Bang and Olufsen, Beats, Naim, Devialet, Dynaudio, Polk, McIntosh, Bowers & Wilkins, Libratone, Definitive Technology, and Bluesound.