Thursday, November 16, 2017

AirPlay 2: Everything we know about Apple’s 🍎 upgraded wireless audio streaming feature




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AirPlay 2 is coming soon to iOS after being previewed at WWDC earlier this summer. While we haven’t tested AirPlay 2 yet, the upcoming feature has a lot of promise. AirPlay 2 enables multi-room audio playback, works with Apple TV, and compatible speakers will work with HomeKit and Siri.

AirPlay differs from Bluetooth because the range can be as great as your Wi-Fi network and there's less pairing involved, but third-party AirPlay speakers typically suffer from latency during playback and audio playback can be interrupted by a phone call.

AirPlay 2 hasn't been publicly available yet, so the full extent of what this means beyond playback access is still unclear, but HomeKit support for speakers could be really cool for home automation.

Home app support extends Siri control to AirPlay 2 speakers including multi-room audio playback so you can tell Siri on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV to play Jazz Radio in the Kitchen and Living Room using just your voice.

Apple has already announced a number of speaker makers committed to making AirPlay 2 speakers: Bang & Olufsen, Naim, Bose, Devialet, Dynaudio, Polk, Denon, McIntosh, Marantz, Bowers & Wilkins, Libratone, Definitive Technology, and BlueSound will all work with AirPlay 2 through future products.

Apple has promised that HomePod, which is the first AirPlay 2 speaker, will launch sometime in December however, so we can likely expect AirPlay 2 to be available before the end of the year.

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