Sonos today unveiled a new Beam smart sound bar for your TV and announced that official support for Apple’s latest AirPlay 2 media-streaming technology, along with Siri voice control, is coming to select Sonos wireless speakers via a free software update in July.
We have put together a running list of the best AirPlay 2 Siri voice commands with respect to multi-room audio that let you do cool things such as play music in a particular room, play different playlists on different speakers, continue playing a song on another speaker and more—all by talking.
AirPlay 2 support is fully here, courtesy of the latest Apple OS updates. This brings stereo playback to your HomePod as well as multi-room playback in its official form. Let us show how to use HomePod stereo pairing and multi-device support with AirPlay 2 on iOS 11.4.
HomePod is currently the sole speaker with AirPlay 2 functionality, but a bunch of Hi-Fi equipment vendors have announced bringing AirPlay functionality to their speakers and receivers by way of a firmware update.
The iOS 11.4 software update is arriving on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, and it’s at long last bringing AirPlay 2 to Apple devices. Additionally, HomePod will receive an update of its own with the long expected multi-room and stereo pairing features based on AirPlay 2.
Here we go again. The elusive AirPlay 2, Messages in iCloud and HomePod stereo pairing features have reappeared in the iOS 11.4 and tvOS 11.4 developer betas. But will they stick around through final release this team? Let’s hope they do. I mean, Apple has to release both AirPlay 2 and Messages in iCloud eventually, no?
Perhaps the two most eagerly anticipated iPhone and iPad features—Messages in iCloud and AirPlay 2—are apparently not ready for prime time yet because they’re nowhere to be seen in the official iOS 11.3 changelog.
The HomePod does not natively support Spotify. You can’t use your voice to control playback like Apple Music. However, Spotify subscribers can fret not, as there is a simple way to stream your favorite music. See how for yourself in our hands-on video and tutorial.