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AirPlay is an Apple service that allows Macs and iOS devices to stream music, photos, and videos to the Apple TV. It allows music to be streamed to the AirPort Express or AirPlay-compatible speakers, and with AirPlay Mirroring, the screen of an iOS device can be mirrored to an Apple TV.

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iOS 17: How to Use Automatic AirPlay With Speakers

Monday September 11, 2023 7:23 am PDT by
In iOS 17, the Automatic ‌AirPlay‌ feature that was available for TVs in iOS 16 has expanded to include speakers as well. Here's how to control the new AirPlay functionality. Previously in iOS 16, Apple allowed iPhones to discover and automatically connect to any frequently used Apple TV or smart TV with AirPlay support when playing content from apps that you regularly used with AirPlay. ...

How to AirPlay Music and Video From iPhone or iPad to Mac

Monday November 1, 2021 11:48 am PDT by
Thanks to the release of macOS Monterey, Apple has introduced full AirPlay support on Mac, which means you can now AirPlay content from an iPhone or iPad straight to your Mac, or even from one Mac to another Mac. With Monterey installed, your Mac can also function as an AirPlay 2 speaker source, allowing you to wirelessly stream music or podcasts from an Apple device to a Mac or use the...

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iOS 17's AirPlay Feature for Hotel Room TVs Rolling Out 'This Spring'

Tuesday February 13, 2024 12:50 pm PST by
Starting with iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3, you can wirelessly stream content from your iPhone or iPad to a compatible hotel room TV via AirPlay, and we have now learned that the feature should begin rolling out at hotels over the coming months. A spokesperson for LG today informed MacRumors that the company expects the first hotels to install AirPlay-enabled smart TVs "later this spring,"...
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CES 2024: Amazon Unveils Matter Casting Standard as Interoperable Alternative to AirPlay

Tuesday January 9, 2024 7:10 am PST by
Amazon today announced Matter Casting, an interoperable rival to Apple's AirPlay feature, at CES 2024 (via Bloomberg). Matter Casting will initially only support streaming content from Amazon's Prime Video app to Echo Show devices, but the feature will support Fire TV in the coming months. Later in the year, it will work across a range of other video services, including Plex, Starz, Pluto...
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Apple Delays iOS 17's AirPlay in Hotel Room Feature Until 2024

Monday December 11, 2023 11:11 am PST by
Apple today updated the iOS 17 page on its website to indicate that its AirPlay feature for hotel room TVs has been delayed until next year. Apple originally said the feature was "coming later this year," but it now says it will be "coming in an update in 2024." Apple did not provide a more specific timeframe, but the feature should be added in an iOS 17 update in the first half of next...
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LG to Bring AirPlay to Hotel Room TVs Later This Year

Thursday June 22, 2023 5:31 pm PDT by
LG Electronics will be one of the first TV manufacturers to support Apple's AirPlay expansion, which will see Apple bringing easy access ‌AirPlay‌ to hotel room TVs. In a press release (via ZDNET), LG said that later this year, it will introduce LG Pro:Centric Smart Hotel TVs that include built-in ‌AirPlay‌ technology. "This is a major advancement for in-room entertainment in the travel...
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Apple Announces New Intelligent AirPlay Features With Hotel Room Support

Monday June 5, 2023 12:10 pm PDT by
Apple today at WWDC announced new AirPlay abilities coming in iOS 17, including on-device intelligence to learn your ‌AirPlay‌ preferences around the home, as well as ‌AirPlay‌ support coming to more hotel rooms. In terms of on-device intelligence, ‌AirPlay‌ can learn how and when you listen to certain content, for example by displaying a nearby AirPlay-supporting speaker to select depending ...
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Quibi for iPhone Gains AirPlay Support for Streaming to the Big Screen

Wednesday May 27, 2020 2:41 am PDT by
Quibi has added AirPlay support, allowing iPhone users to stream content from the short-form mobile video service to Apple TV and AirPlay-compatible smart TVs. Quibi features "movie quality" original shows that are framed to fit phone screens and come in episodes of 10 minutes or less to cater for on-the-go lifestyles. The service first announced it would offer support for streaming...
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Bose Plans to Add AirPlay 2 Support to SoundTouch Speakers and More by End of February

Wednesday January 8, 2020 8:42 am PST by
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 ...
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Roku Has Nearly Finalized AirPlay 2 Support

Monday March 11, 2019 7:22 am PDT by
MacRumors last month reported that Roku was in talks with Apple about supporting AirPlay 2, and we've since learned that the negotiations are nearly finalized, according to a source familiar with the matter. AirPlay 2 integration is expected to arrive in the form of a Roku OS software update for Roku media players, but it's unclear if all models will be supported. AirPlay 2 will also be...

CES 2019: Sony's Upcoming 4K and 8K TVs to Support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit

Monday January 7, 2019 5:35 pm PST by
Starting later this year, Sony's new 2019 Z9G Series 8K LCDs, A9G Series OLED 4K TVs, and X950G 4K LCD TVs will support Airplay 2 and HomeKit protocols from Apple. Other TV manufacturers, including Samsung, Vizio, and LG have also announced support for HomeKit and AirPlay 2 for their 2019 smart TV lineups. All of the major TV brands will support both, with the exception of Samsung. Samsung TVs ...
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Sonos One, Playbase, and Play:5 Will Support AirPlay 2 Functionality

Wednesday April 25, 2018 5:21 pm PDT by
When Sonos introduced the new Sonos One back in October, the company confirmed it would add AirPlay 2 support to Sonos speakers later in 2018. At the time, Sonos did not specify which of its devices would support the new protocol, but Sonos has offered some clarification in the form of a new blog post that includes AirPlay 2 details. According to Sonos, native AirPlay 2 support will be...
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iOS 11.3 Release Notes Appear to Have Leaked With No Mention of Messages on iCloud or AirPlay 2

Thursday March 29, 2018 9:03 am PDT by
French developer Pierre Blazquez today shared what he claims are the final iOS 11.3 release notes, supposedly obtained from Apple's servers. His tweet contains images of the release notes in English for the United States. Apple blog Mac4Ever shared the release notes in French, which we've translated and embedded below in English. While there aren't too many surprises, it's worth noting that ...
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Apple Confirms HomePod's Supported Audio Sources in Tech Specs

Thursday February 1, 2018 6:26 am PST by
Apple today updated its HomePod tech specs page with a new Audio Sources section that lists all of the ways in which the speaker can stream audio, setting the record straight on some conflicting information. • Apple Music: HomePod users can ask Siri to play any of over 45 million songs available on Apple Music. A subscription is required. • iTunes Music: HomePod users can ask Siri to play ...
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Sonos Rivals HomePod With New Assistant Speaker, Adding AirPlay 2 Support to Speakers Next Year

Wednesday October 4, 2017 9:06 am PDT by
Sonos today introduced the Sonos One, an all-new smart speaker with six far-field microphones that allow it to work with digital assistants. Sonos One can be controlled entirely with voice. At launch, it will support Amazon Alexa in the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom, including full voice support for Prime Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, SiriusXM, and TuneIn. Alexa voice control ...
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Alexa and Apple AirPlay 2 Support Coming to Libratone Zipp Wireless Speakers This Fall

Thursday August 31, 2017 4:43 am PDT by
Bluetooth speaker maker Libratone has announced that beginning this fall, Zipp and Zipp Mini speaker owners will be able to use their devices to invoke Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant as well as tap in to Apple's forthcoming AirPlay 2 protocol. The company said it will make a free firmware download available in the coming months that activates Alexa support in the wireless speakers, which...
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Apple's Siri-Based Smart Speaker Has 'Over 50% Chance' of Debuting at WWDC in June

Monday May 1, 2017 8:07 am PDT by
Apple's widely rumored Siri-based smart speaker and home hub has an "over 50 percent chance" of being announced at WWDC, scheduled for June 5-9, according to often-reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. The device is rumored to have a "Mac Pro-like" concave design (Image: iFunnyVlogger) Kuo said Apple's smart home product will likely launch in the second half of 2017 and cost...
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Apple's Echo-Like Smart Speaker With Siri and AirPlay Could Debut as Early as WWDC

Friday April 28, 2017 8:41 am PDT by
Apple is widely rumored to be working on a Siri-based smart home device with a speaker, and Australian leaker Sonny Dickson has shared new details about its possible design and features on Twitter and with MacRumors. Apple's smart speaker could take design cues from the Google Home Dickson said that Apple is currently "finalizing designs" for the Amazon Echo and Google Home competitor, which...

HTC 10 is the First Android Smartphone to Support Apple AirPlay Out of the Box

Tuesday April 12, 2016 8:13 am PDT by
Earlier this morning, HTC announced its new smartphone, the HTC 10, revealing that the Android device will have the ability to wirelessly play audio through devices and speakers that support streaming via Apple's AirPlay feature (via SlashGear). In addition to AirPlay support, the basic specs of the phone include a 5.2-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 3,000 mAh battery ...
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TiVo Adds AirPlay Support to Allow Streaming to Apple TV Via iOS Devices

Tuesday July 14, 2015 6:00 am PDT by
TiVo today is announcing an update to its iOS app that adds AirPlay support to allow users to stream content to the Apple TV. The feature builds on previous support for streaming content to an iOS device from a TiVo box, and the TiVo app now makes it easy to watch content recorded on a TiVo box on any TV in the house with an Apple TV connected.TiVo Inc., a global leader in next-generation...

'Bowling Central' Expands Wii-Style Gaming on Apple TV

Monday January 26, 2015 12:08 pm PST by
Back in 2013, Rolocule debuted Motion Tennis, an iPhone game that brought Wii-style gaming to the Apple TV via AirPlay. Using AirPlay Mirroring, users could display the game on an Apple TV while using an iPhone as a tennis racket. The setup drew natural comparisons to Nintendo's Wii Sports, with the iPhone playing the role of the Wii Remote. Motion Tennis wasn't perfect, as it did suffer from...