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How to Use AirPlay 2 Speakers With HomeKit

Thursday April 4, 2019 1:45 pm PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple's AirPlay 2 brought speaker controls to the Home app, allowing you to individually control all of your AirPlay-compatible speakers from your iPhone or iPad. Keep reading to learn how to add your speakers to the Home app and organize them by room. Before you start adding speakers to the Home app, make sure that your iOS device is running iOS 11.4 or later. You should also check that...

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LG Says AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Coming to Select 2018 TV Models Later This Year

Thursday April 2, 2020 4:40 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
In a support document, LG has indicated that it plans to add AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to some of its 2018 smart TVs by October 2020, including LCD models with "SK" or "UK" in the name and OLED models with "B8" through "Z8" in the name. AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will be rolled out with a software update in most countries, with exceptions being China, Iran, Sudan, Syria, and Venezuela....

Bose Begins Rollout of AirPlay 2 Support to SoundTouch Speakers and More

Wednesday February 19, 2020 12:41 am PST by Tim Hardwick
As promised, Bose has begun rolling out a firmware update providing AirPlay 2 support for its range of Bose SoundTouch speakers. Firmware update 24.0.7 works with the following models:SoundTouch 10 SoundTouch 20 series III SoundTouch 30 series III SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier Wave SoundTouch music system IV SoundTouch 300 wireless sound bar system Lifestyle 550 home entertainment system L...

First Alert's All-in-One Smoke Detector, Carbon Monoxide Detector, and Speaker Now Supports AirPlay 2

Tuesday February 18, 2020 6:54 am PST by Joe Rossignol
First Alert today announced that its Onelink Safe & Sound, an all-in-one smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, and speaker system, now supports AirPlay 2 for multi-room audio playback. AirPlay‌ 2 enables multi-room audio playback with other ‌AirPlay‌ 2 devices, such as the HomePod, Apple TV, and select speakers from Sonos, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, and others. ‌Users can select where ...

Bose Plans to Add AirPlay 2 Support to SoundTouch Speakers and More by End of February

Wednesday January 8, 2020 7:42 am PST by Joe Rossignol
In its support forums, Bose has indicated that it plans to add AirPlay 2 support to select SoundTouch speakers and other systems by the end of February. The following products will be included:SoundTouch 10 SoundTouch 20 series III SoundTouch 30 series III SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier Wave SoundTouch music system IV SoundTouch 300 wireless sound bar system Lifestyle 550 home entertainment ...

CES 2020: Sony Unveils New 4K and 8K TVs with HomeKit and AirPlay 2 Support

Monday January 6, 2020 1:23 pm PST by Juli Clover
Sony today announced the upcoming launch of several new 2020 4K and 8K sets TV, including the 8H 8K LED, A8H and MASTER Series A9S OLED, and X950H and X900H 4K LED televisions. All of the new TVs offer support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. With ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support, the new TVs will be able to interact with other ‌AirPlay‌ 2 devices such as the HomePod or ‌AirPlay‌ 2-enabled speakers for...

CES 2020: LG Unveils New 8K TVs With HomeKit and AirPlay 2 Support

Thursday January 2, 2020 5:28 pm PST by Juli Clover
LG today announced the upcoming debut of its 2020 8K TV lineup featuring eight new TVs in sizes ranging from 65 inches to 88 inches, all of which support Apple's HomeKit and AirPlay 2. There are premium 77 and 88 inch LG Signature OLED 8K TVs along with 8K LG NanoCell TVs in 65 and 75-inch sizes. LG says that all of the TVs exceed the official 8K Ultra HD definition set by the Consumer...

Sony Smart TV Software Update Brings AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Support to Select 2018 and 2019 Models

Tuesday December 3, 2019 1:00 am PST by Tim Hardwick
Sony has begun rolling out a software update for some of its smart TVs that enables AirPlay 2 and Apple HomeKit support, including its XBR Z9F and XBR A9F series of 4K and 4K OLED TVs. Earlier this year, Sony announced that ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌ support would come to some of its mid-range and high-end smart TVs by way of a software update. This Android 9 Pie update makes good on that...

Naim Adding AirPlay 2 Support to High End Network Streamers

Monday November 4, 2019 11:52 am PST by Juli Clover
British audio company Naim Audio today announced plans to add AirPlay 2 support to its high-end network streamers through a free update that will be coming in the future. The update will bring ‌AirPlay‌ 2 to the ND 555 ($24,698), NDX 2 ($5,999), and the ND5 XS 2 ($2,700). Naim has previously updated its Mu-so and Uniti ranges with ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support, so with the upcoming software, Naim's...

AirPlay 2 Speakers Compared: Sonos Move vs. Bose Portable Home Speaker

Friday October 11, 2019 1:26 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Bose and Sonos, both well-known speaker manufacturers, recently came out with new AirPlay 2-enabled speakers that are designed to work with Apple's latest ‌AirPlay‌ protocol and offer an alternative to products like the HomePod. In our latest YouTube video, we went hands-on with the Bose Portable Home Speaker and the Sonos Move to see what the speakers have to offer and how they compare to one ...

LG's 2019 UHD UM7X TVs Now Support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit

Friday September 27, 2019 1:06 pm PDT by Juli Clover
LG recently rolled out a firmware update to customers who own an LG TV in the UHD UM7X series, enabling HomeKit and AirPlay 2 functionality. LG originally said that this firmware update would be available in October, but the software has come out early. LG UHD UM7X TV owners can download the new 04.70.03 software update to enable the new functionality. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌ support first...

LG's $30,000 88-Inch OLED TV Now Available, Will Support HomeKit and AirPlay 2

Wednesday September 11, 2019 7:03 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
LG today announced that its new 88-inch 8K OLED and 75-inch 8K LED smart TVs are available at select U.S. retailers starting today, priced at $29,999 and $4,999 respectively. LG says both models will receive a firmware update that enables HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support later this fall. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support will enable users to stream videos, music, podcasts, and more directly from an iPhone, iP...

Sonos Unveils Its First Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Supports AirPlay 2

Thursday September 5, 2019 7:22 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Sonos today introduced its first portable Bluetooth speaker, the Sonos Move. The battery-powered Sonos Move features both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for listening at home or on the go, AirPlay 2 support, built-in Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and up to ten hours of continuous music playback per charge. The speaker features an oval-shaped design with IP56-rated water and dust resistance. ‌Air...

Vizio Begins Rolling Out AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to 2016 and Newer SmartCast TVs Following Beta Testing

Wednesday July 31, 2019 5:20 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Following months of beta testing, Vizio today announced that AirPlay 2 and HomeKit are now rolling out to its 2016 and newer SmartCast TVs via an over-the-air firmware update. The rollout will continue over the coming months. AirPlay 2 support enables users to stream videos, music, podcasts, photos, and more directly from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to a compatible Vizio TV, with no Apple TV...

LG Expands AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Rollout to United States, Remaining 4K UHD TVs Will Receive Update in October

Tuesday July 30, 2019 9:24 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
LG today announced that AirPlay 2 and HomeKit are now available through a firmware update on select 2019 OLED and NanoCell 4K UHD smart TVs with ThinQ AI capability in the United States. The remaining 4K UHD TV series in LG's 2019 lineup are expected to receive these features in October. LG began rolling out AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on July 25, but the firmware update was not available in the...

HomeKit and AirPlay 2 Rolling Out to 2019 LG ThinQ TVs Starting Tomorrow [Updated]

Wednesday July 24, 2019 12:12 pm PDT by Juli Clover
Update: An LG spokesperson now says that the information shared by its UK PR team is inaccurate and there are no current plans to bring AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to LG TVs that were released earlier than 2019. From LG: "LG cannot guarantee that TV models prior to 2019 will be able to deliver a seamless user experience. Therefore, while this may be a possibility in the future, at the...

LG 2019 TVs to Gain HomeKit and AirPlay 2 Support Starting July 25 [Updated]

Tuesday July 23, 2019 4:00 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Television maker LG says that updates will soon arrive that make HomeKit and AirPlay 2 available on supported TVs. LG's Australian support account on Twitter responded to a customer query by revealing that the updates would start rolling out to users in one week, which points to next Monday as the earliest possible arrival. Users will need to be running iOS 12.4 on their iPhones and iPads ...

Vizio's 2019 Smart TVs Now Available With AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Support Coming This Summer

Tuesday May 21, 2019 7:39 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Vizio today announced that its 2019 smart TV models with forthcoming AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support are now available at various retailers in the United States, including Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Sam's Club, Target, and Walmart. The lineup includes high-end P-Series, mid-range M-Series, and lower-priced V-Series models. All of the TVs are 4K HDR, with prices ranging from $259.99 for a...

How AirPlay 2 and the Apple TV App Work on a Samsung TV

Thursday May 16, 2019 10:30 am PDT by Juli Clover
When iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 launched earlier this week with the updated TV app that Apple first teased at its March event, Samsung also rolled out support for both AirPlay 2 and the new TV app, making it the first third-party company to launch these features. We have a Samsung TV set (the 2018 Q6F) that's compatible with the new Apple offerings, so we thought we'd check them out to give MacRumo...

AirPlay 2 Support Rolling Out to Select DTS Play-Fi Products

Thursday May 16, 2019 6:23 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
DTS today announced availability of AirPlay 2 in select DTS Play-Fi products, including the McIntosh RS200 wireless loudspeaker system and the Arcam rPlay music streamer, with support for additional products to be added later this year. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 enables multi-room audio playback with other ‌AirPlay‌ 2 devices, such as the HomePod, Apple TV, and select speakers from Sonos, Bose, Bowers &...

AirPlay 2 and TV App Now Available on Samsung Smart TVs

Monday May 13, 2019 10:01 am PDT by Juli Clover
With the launch of iOS 12.3, both AirPlay 2 and the new Apple TV app are available on compatible Smart TVs, Samsung announced today. All 2019 Samsung Smart TVs and select 2018 TV models with a firmware update will be able to access ‌Apple TV‌ channels and iTunes movies and TV shows through the TV app and will support ‌AirPlay‌ 2. Samsung says that the TV app offers content in more than 100...