Tag Archive for ‘AirPlay 2’

AirPlay 2-Enabled Televisions ➝

Apple published a full list of the AirPlay 2-enabled televisions that have been announced by LG, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio.

AirPort Express Software Update Adds AirPlay 2 and Home App Support ➝

Zac Hall, writing for 9 to 5 Mac:

Apple’s AirPort line may be discontinued, but AirPort Express got one heck of an update today. Firmware update 7.8 for the latest AirPort Express hardware (2012 2nd-gen model, no longer sold) adds support for AirPlay 2 and Apple’s Home app. The teaser for support has been present since iOS 11.4 beta, but support hasn’t been live before today’s version 7.8 firmware update.

I just updated my AirPort Express a few minutes ago and, as I said on Twitter: “Holy cow, they actually did it”. Although, I had to do a bit of fiddling to get it to show up in the Home app. After the firmware upgrade, the Home app wouldn’t see my AirPort Express until after I sent audio to it. Not entirely sure why, but its working now — I’m not going to complain too much.

Aside from iOS devices and Macs, I believe this is the first time Apple has released a software update for a discontinued product that introduced new features. Maybe they’ve done so for security reasons, but this is uncharted territory for them. And its pretty darn rad.

AirPlay 2 Comes to Sonos ➝

From the Sonos weblog:

There’s more great stuff to stream than ever and we want to make it dead simple to enjoy it all on Sonos. That’s why we’re excited to announce the latest addition to the Sonos platform: AirPlay 2.

With AirPlay 2, you can effortlessly stream just about any sound from your iPhone or iPad to one of our AirPlay-compatible speakers. (That’s Sonos One, Beam, Playbase, and the second generation Play:5, by the way.)

$199 for an AirPlay 2 compatible speaker — the Sonos One — sounds like such a great deal, but I just don’t like the idea of having an Alexa-powered device in my home. I don’t want to have that extra mental overhead of remembering which voice assistant I’m speaking to and I’m much more comfortable, from a privacy perspective, with Apple’s offerings.

Call me foolish or paranoid, but I think I’d rather save my money and buy a second HomePod when I can afford it.