AirPlay 2 Arrives: Which speakers support Apple's multi-room audio tech?

30 May, 2018, 18:20 | Author: Lynette Payne
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Apple has stated it will sell its HomePod smart speaker in Canada, France, and Germany from 18 June 2018. In 2017, Apple announced AirPlay 2, an update to the protocol, and it uniquely brings support for multi-room audio.

Apple's is also streamlining its iMessage service, which can now be backed up through its iCloud data service to sync all messages across your devices.

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.

Gene, when working at Piper Jaffray, once spent years saying that Apple was just about to launch a television, but he has also been known to make correct predictions about the brand.

The iOS 11.4 update is available today. But, with AirPlay 2, you can finally pick a song and control the volume of your AirPlay 2-enabled speaker from Control Center, Music app, Home app, the Lock screen, or in-app controls on your Apple devices. Apple has said that the digital assistant functions aren't as important as the audio features because people mostly use smart speakers to play music. Apple has also rolled out watchOS 4.3.1 for all Apple Watch models. This brings some important changes to HomePod, including the stereo pairing option that was missing at launch.

5 dead, 30 missing from powerful cyclone
PACA had announced the closure of Salalah International Airport on Friday for 24 hours can be extended, as a result of Mekunu. They laughed and shared plates by flashlight in a darkened ballroom, the cyclone's wind a boring roar behind their clatter.

Messages will also immediately start to appear on new devices after you sign into your iCloud account, and once you delete a message thread on one device, it will be automatically deleted on all of your devices.

Apple is finally delivering on some promises it made previous year about its HomePod speaker, including giving the device the ability to link with another for stereo sound.

Apple has released iOS 11.4 which means we all get to finally try AirPlay 2, Apple's streaming feature that has been in development for nearly a year now. Now you'll be able to ask your HomePod for a rundown of what's on your schedule, as long as you're using Apple's Calendar app. If you were to delete certain messages on your iPhone, it will be reflected on other synced devices too. The update gives you the ability to pair two HomePod units in the same room, allowing them to act as stereo speakers.

The new update also adds support for Apple's new ClassKit framework.

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