AirPlay 2 On iOS 11 Confirms Not Coming To Its Existing Wireless Speakers At Home

Apple AirPlay 2 is the latest version of the AirPlay protocol, said to be bringing speaker support to HomeKit. On iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, AirPlay 2 features, device and speakers compatibility and more details listed. Here’s everything you need to know about Apple AirPlay 2.

What is it, and how AirPlay 2 work and what devices are supported when it arrives later this year with the initial release of iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra. At Apple’s WWDC 2017 opening keynote, announced iOS 11, treated to plenty of new features that have the potential to change the way we use our devices, especially if those devices are iPads.

One feature that will provide beneficial access across both iPhones and iPads though, is AirPlay 2, the newer version of the technology that eventually allows audio and video to the cast from an iOS device or Mac, to a compatible device such as an Apple TV.

AirPlay 2, definitely takes the opportunity from the existing functionality and builds on it directly, with two new features that could really change the way people use the technology. Before we go further discussing on what AirPlay 2 can do, we have to delve into which devices will support it because, unfortunately, not all devices capable of AirPlay will be able to use AirPlay 2. Those that can, are:

AirPlay 2 Device Compatibility

– iPhone (iOS 11)

  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s

– iPad (iOS 11)

  • 12.9in iPad Pro (first generation)
  • 12.9in iPad Pro (second generation)
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

– iPod touch (iOS 11)

  • iPod touch (6th generation)

– Apple TV (tvOS 11)

  • Apple TV (4th generation)

– MacBook and MacBook Pro (macOS High Sierra)

  • MacBook: Late 2009 or later
  • iMac / iMac Pro: Late 2009 or later
  • MacBook Air: 2010 or later
  • MacBook Pro: 2010 or later
  • Mac mini: 2010 or later
  • Mac Pro: 2010 or later

AirPlay 2 Features

Confirms this that AirPlay 2 can do that AirPlay cannot. That all boils down to three things – speakers in Home app, multi-room audio and shared playlists.

For starters, AirPlay 2 will add support for controlling of speakers via the Home app, meaning that users will be able to select through which speakers audio is played. Along with individual volume controls for all those speakers regardless of their location within the home. This is one feature that will be a huge boon at parties, for instance.

And of course, just like Sonos, AirPlay 2 will also support multi-room audio system-wide on iOS, secondary.

Third, when it comes to playlists, AirPlay 2 will allow multiple users to add tracks to playlists, which should, one again, prove to be very useful at parties. So Apple calling this feature “Shared Up Next”. Also showed this working with Apple Music, but it will be available for third-party apps as well since Apple is providing AirPlay 2 audio API for third-party developers.

AirPlay 2 Compatible Speakers

Did you know how to use AirPlay and on Mac? Well, Apple’s own HomePod will support AirPlay 2 out-of-the-box when it launches this fall, not every existing AirPlay speaker is going to support the uniquely new AirPlay 2 features. The two companies “Libratone and Naim”, who have already confirmed that their existing AirPlay speakers will be upgreadable to AirPlay 2 via a software update while Bowers & Wklkins has confirmed that you will need to buy a separate speaker from them to get AirPlay 2 functionality.

Also has a good news about is that there are many other third-party manufacturers soon coming out with AirPlay 2-compatible speakers, which means there will be a lot of rush to choose your favorite speaker from. Some of these are:

  • Bang & Olufsen
  • Naim
  • BOSE
  • Beats
  • Polk
  • McIntosh
  • Marantz
  • Bowers & Wilkins
  • Libratone
  • Bluesound
  • Definitive Technology

Beyond all these, if you own Apple TV 4th-gen running tvOS 11, any speaker connected to it will automatically act as an AirPlay 2 speaker, which is somewhat neat. Apple TV 4 with tvOS 11 will also be associated to control all AirPlay 2 speakers at home.

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