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How to Use AirPlay 2 Speakers With HomeKit

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 you've turned on iCloud Keychain on your iPhone or iPad. To do so, launch the Settings app, tap your name in the banner at the top, tap iCloud, then turn on the iCloud Keychain toggle. If you own a HomePod, it should automatically appear in the Home app on your iOS device. You can also add an Apple TV to the Home app as a speaker, so long as it's on the same Wi-Fi network and signed into iCloud with your Apple ID. The following steps show you how to add third-party AirPlay 2 speakers to the Home app. How to Add Speakers to the Home App Apple maintains a section of its website that lists the speakers and receivers that come with AirPlay 2 support. Note that some speakers might require a firmware update or additional setup with the manufacturer's app before the following steps work. Launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad. Tap the plus (+) button in the top-right corner of the screen. Tap Add Accessory. Tap Don't have a Code or Can't Scan, then tap the speaker you want to add. You may have to wait a moment for it to show up. Wait for your speaker to be added, then give it a name and choose a room where it's located. Tap Done.How to Organize Your Speakers by Room When

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Naim Adding AirPlay 2 Support to High End Network Streamers

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 entire family of music streaming products will support ‌AirPlay‌ 2. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 is designed to allow iPhones, iPads, Macs, and more to stream audio to multiple ‌AirPlay‌ 2-enabled speakers throughout the home at one time for a whole home audio experience. There's no word on when Naim plans to provide the new firmware, but once it is available, the Naim app will prompt customers to perform an over-the-air update to get the ‌AirPlay‌ 2 functionality. There are a number of ‌AirPlay‌ 2-enabled speakers on the market now, including those from Bose, Libratone, Sonos, and more, along with the HomePod. Apple maintains a list of all third-party ‌AirPlay‌ 2 speakers on its website.

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

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 another. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Both the Bose Portable and the Sonos Move are designed to offer a premium audio experience and are more expensive than the ‌HomePod‌. The Sonos Move costs $399 and the Bose Portable costs $349, but each company is known for its audio quality and audiophiles won't flinch at that price point. When it comes to design, the Bose Portable and Sonos Move are both fairly standard looking vertical speakers with simple designs, but the Sonos Move is quite a bit larger than the Bose Portable, which also comes with a little handle, hence the "portable" part of the name. The Sonos Move has a built-in handle that's a bit more subtle for when you need to move it around. Size wise, the Sonos Move is in between a Sonos One and Sonos Play:3 speaker. It's all black with Sonos branding on the front and media playback controls at the top. There's a power button, a button for linking multiple Sonos speakers, and a button to switch between Bluetooth and WiFi. The smaller Bose Portable is cylindrical in shape like other 360-degree speakers, but with a high-quality construction. Media controls are located at the top, and

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

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 began rolling out on LG TVs in July. With ‌AirPlay‌ 2, LG TV users can stream TV shows and movies from an iOS or macOS device directly to the television, with no Apple TV set-top box required. A movie can be started on an iPhone and AirPlayed right to a TV, plus content can be mirrored from a Mac or iOS device to the TV. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 lets multiple audio sources to play the same content, so a song can be played on a single television set, multiple television sets, or a TV and other ‌AirPlay‌ 2 devices such as speakers for whole home audio. The ‌AirPlay‌ 2 functionality in LG TVs is linked to ‌HomeKit‌, so LG TV sets with the new firmware will show up in the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. In the Home app, LG TV users can do things like switch inputs, turn the television on and off, and adjust the volume. Siri can also be used for these commands, so a simple "Hey ‌Siri‌" voice request on an iOS or macOS device can adjust the volume or turn the TV on or off, much like other ‌HomeKit‌ products. LG also plans to enable ‌HomeKit‌ and ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support on its LG UHD UM6X series television sets as well as the LG NanoCell SM83 series or below, but those software updates

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

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, iPad, or Mac to these TVs, with no Apple TV box necessary. And with ‌HomeKit‌, users can easily control the TV's power, volume, source, and more using Siri or the Home app on iPhone, ‌iPad‌, and Mac. LG says the 88-inch model is the largest OLED TV ever, with an 8K Ultra HD resolution of 7,680x4,320 for a total of nearly 33 million pixels. The TV features a slim-bezel display with a brushed aluminum stand and comes with an integrated 80W speaker system that is said to deliver powerful sound. LG first rolled out ‌HomeKit‌ and ‌AirPlay‌ 2 to select 2019 OLED and NanoCell 4K UHD smart TVs with ThinQ AI capability in July, with remaining 4K UHD TV series in LG's 2019 lineup slated to receive the features in October. Many customers have petitioned LG to offer ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌ on its older smart TVs, but the company has not budged so far, noting that it "cannot guarantee" that pre-2019 models "will be able to deliver a seamless user experience." LG did note that it "may be a possibility in the future." ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌ are also available on select Vizio smart TVs, and Sony promised to roll out the features in summer 2019, but it has yet to do so. Samsung

Sonos Unveils Its First Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Supports AirPlay 2

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. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support means music playback on the Sonos Move can be controlled with Siri, and the speaker will also appear in the ‌AirPlay‌ picker on iOS devices and in the Home app across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. Sonos Move pre-orders begin today on Sonos.com. The speaker will be available starting September 24, priced at $399 in the United States. Sonos also unveiled a lower-priced version of its Sonos One smart speaker without built-in microphones. Priced at $179, the Sonos One SL costs $20 less than the regular Sonos One. Like the Sonos Move, the One SL supports ‌AirPlay‌ 2. The new One SL replaces the Sonos Play:1 and will be available globally starting September

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

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 necessary. And with HomeKit, users can easily control the TV's power, volume, and more using Siri or the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. AirPlay 2 and HomeKit are rolling out to the following Vizio SmartCast TVs:VIZIO P-Series Quantum X (2019) VIZIO P-Series Quantum (2019 and 2018) VIZIO P-Series (2018, 2017 and 2016) VIZIO M-Series Quantum (2019) VIZIO M-Series (2018, 2017 and 2016) VIZIO E-Series (2018, 2017 and 2016 UHD models) VIZIO V-Series (2019) VIZIO D-Series (2018)MacRumors demoed AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on a Vizio SmartCast TV during the beta testing period: LG also began rolling out AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to select 2019 TVs over the last week, and Sony plans to follow suit later this summer. Samsung also offers AirPlay 2 and an Apple TV app on on select TVs, but not

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

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 United States until July 29. AirPlay 2 support enables users to stream videos, music, podcasts, and more directly from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to a compatible LG smart TV, with no Apple TV necessary. And with HomeKit, users can easily control the TV's power, volume, source, and more using Siri or the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. AirPlay 2 and HomeKit are also available in beta on select Vizio smart TVs, and both features will be rolling out to select Sony models later this summer. Samsung also offers AirPlay 2, but not HomeKit, on select TVs. Many customers have petitioned LG to offer AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on its older smart TVs, but the company has not budged so far, noting that it "cannot guarantee" that pre-2019 models "will be able to deliver a seamless user experience." LG did note that it "may be a possibility in the future."

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

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 moment, LG has no plans to update its pre-2019 TVs with Airplay 2 or ‌HomeKit‌." LG still plans to bring ‌AirPlay‌ 2 to its 2019 TVs this week, and did not rule out the possibility of support for older TVs in the future. Original article: LG today announced that ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌ compatibility are rolling out to 2019 AI ThinQ TVs starting on Thursday, July 25. While the 2019 LG AI ThinQ TVs will be the first to get the firmware update that will enable ‌HomeKit‌ and ‌AirPlay‌ 2, new information shared today by Screen Times suggests ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌ will eventually be coming to all LG TV models with AI ThinQ in the future. The information comes from Piers Le Moignan from LG's UK press team, who told Screen Times that "All LG TV models with AI ThinQ from past to present" will support ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌ eventually. It's not clear when older LG TV models will receive a firmware update to add ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌ compatibility, but starting this week, all 2019 LG OLED TVs, NanoCell TVs, and UHD TVs with ThinQ AI capabilities will get the update. With ‌AirPlay‌ 2, LG TV users can stream TV shows and movies from an iOS or macOS device directly

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

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 in order to take advantage of these features. Once the updates are installed, users will be able to beam photos, videos, and music from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac to the LG TV, similar to how the Apple TV works. Homekit is releasing in 1 week. Users require iOS 12.4 update to do Airplay2.LGA— LG Australia (@LG_Australia) July 23, 2019 ‌HomeKit‌ support will also let users control their television sets using Siri voice commands or the Home app on the iPhone, ‌iPad‌, or Mac. ‌Siri‌ will be able to be used to do things like play a specific TV show or movie to be AirPlayed to your smart TV. LG announced in March that new TVs in its 2019 lineup, which launched in April, would support ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌ later this year. LG's 2019 lineup includes screen sizes ranging from 55 inches to 77 inches. All of the LG OLED, NanoCell SM9X, NanoCell SM8X, and UHD UM7X television sets from 2019 will work with Apple's services according to Apple's ‌HomeKit‌ website. Update: LG has since announced that ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌ will begin rolling out to owners of 2019 LG OLED, NanoCell, and UHD TVs in more than 140 countries starting July 25, with the update continuing over

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

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 40-inch model with under 400 nits brightness and a 120Hz refresh rate to $3,499.99 for a 75-inch model with 2,700 nits brightness and a 240Hz refresh rate. Vizio says AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support will roll out "in the coming weeks" in line with its promised "summer 2019" timeframe, but both of the features have been available for participating beta testers since last month. Support will extend back to select Vizio smart TVs released in 2016, 2017, and 2018. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support will allow users to stream videos, music, photos, and more directly from an iPhone, iPad, and Mac to supported Vizio smart TVs, complete with lock screen controls. ‌HomeKit‌ support will enable users to easily control the TVs using Siri voice commands or the Home app on iPhone, ‌iPad‌, and Mac. Vizio's entire 2019 lineup comes equipped with SmartCast 3.0 software, providing access to services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, iHeartRadio, Xumo, CBS All Access, NBC, and more. SmartCast 3.0 also includes Chromecast, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa integration. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support was also added to Samsung's latest smart TVs last week, with LG and Sony planning to add support later

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

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 MacRumors readers a look at how Apple features work on third-party television sets. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. After installing a firmware update, Apple-compatible Samsung TV sets will have an Apple TV app, which is going to be unique to Samsung TVs for the foreseeable future. Other TV sets are gaining Apple features like ‌AirPlay‌ 2, but it's only Samsung that has a TV app option for now. The TV app on a Samsung TV looks almost identical to the TV app on the ‌Apple TV‌, offering up a "Watch Now" feature that keeps track of the movies and the TV shows you're watching, plus content recommendations ranging from suggestions based on what you've watched to new content to trending content. The "Channels" feature that's new to the TV app is available on Samsung TVs, allowing users to subscribe to services like HBO, Starz, Showtime, and more right within the TV app. Channels content can be watched right within the TV app without the need to open up another app. There are dedicated sections for "Watch Now," Movies, TV Shows, Kids, Library, Search, and Settings, and the app offers up access to all of the iTunes content that you've previously

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

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 & Wilkins, and others. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 devices also appear in the Home app on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch and can be controlled with Siri. ‌AirPlay‌ is Apple's wireless streaming protocol, enabling users to beam audio from Apple devices like an iPhone or Mac to supported speakers, including content from Apple Music, iTunes, Podcasts, Netflix, YouTube, and elsewhere. The DTS Play-Fi ecosystem includes more than 200 interoperable speakers, sound bars, set-top boxes, and audio/video receivers from brands such as McIntosh, Arcam, Pioneer, Polk Audio, Klipsch, Soundcast, MartinLogan, Definitive Technology, Phorus, Integra, Onkyo, SVS Sound, and Wren Sound. DTS Play-Fi products with ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support are also compatible with

AirPlay 2 and TV App Now Available on Samsung Smart TVs

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 countries, while ‌AirPlay‌ 2 is available in 176 countries. On compatible Samsung TVs with the Smart TV platform, users are able to select the ‌Apple TV‌ app icon to access their Apple content. With the Channels feature in the ‌Apple TV‌ app, Samsung users can subscribe to services like HBO, Showtime, Starz, and more, and watch content from those services directly in the ‌Apple TV‌ app. Samsung users will also have access to more than 100,000 TV shows and movies to buy or rent from iTunes, including content that's available in 4K HDR."For the last decade, Samsung has been at the forefront of offering the broadest selection of content available to consumers on our Smart TV platform," said Won-Jin Lee, Executive Vice President, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. "As the first TV manufacturer to integrate the ‌Apple TV‌ app on a Smart TV platform, Samsung continues to offer our customers incredible value and access to the ‌Apple TV‌ app experience on the largest screens available today."The TV app available on Samsung Smart TVs will allow Apple customers who are already in the Apple ecosystem to access their previously purchased content without needing to have an ‌App

Six HomeKit and AirPlay 2 Accessories Worth Checking Out

Last year, we shared a list of some of the best HomeKit products you can buy, which was quite popular with MacRumors readers, so we thought we'd follow it up. In our 2019 HomeKit video, we're featuring some more great ‌HomeKit‌ products, and we've added in some AirPlay 2 accessories as well. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Vizio TVs - ‌HomeKit‌ and ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support is coming to a bunch of TVs from Sony, LG, Vizio, and Samsung later this year, but Vizio has already rolled out support on some of its TVs in a beta capacity. If you have a recent M-Series or P-Series Vizio TV, you can try it out. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 lets you ‌AirPlay‌ content from your Apple devices right to the TV, and your TV will also show up in ‌HomeKit‌. You can use the Home app and Siri commands to do things like change the volume, switch inputs, or turn the TV on or off. Sonos Beam ($400) - The Sonos Beam is an ‌AirPlay‌ 2-enabled soundbar that's meant to be used with your TV, offering up impressive sound and allowing the same music to be played through other ‌AirPlay‌ 2-enabled speakers in your home, like the Sonos One or the HomePod. BlueSound Pulse Flex 2i Speakers ($300) - BlueSound's Pulse Flex 2i Speakers are ‌AirPlay‌ 2 enabled, so you can use them alongside other ‌AirPlay‌ 2 devices. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 lets you play music on multiple speakers throughout the home, for a whole home audio experience. These are more expensive than some other competing products like the Sonos One, but BlueSound promises superior sound. Chamberlain myQ Garage Door Opener and Home

Sony's Upcoming Smart TVs to Receive AirPlay 2 and HomeKit in Summer 2019, Including $70,000 Model

Sony today announced that some of its upcoming smart TVs will support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit in summer 2019, including its A9G series of 4K OLED TVs, Z9G series of 8K LED TVs, and X950G series of 4K LED TVs. The TVs themselves will be released on a staggered basis, starting with the X950G series in late April and followed by additional models in May and June, including a 98-inch 8K TV for a whopping $70,000. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌ will presumably be rolled out in a subsequent software update. Apple also lists Sony's upcoming X850G series of 4K TVs in its AirPlay 2–enabled TVs list, but no timeframe for those features was provided for that model. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support will allow users to stream videos, music, photos, and more directly from an iPhone, iPad, and Mac to compatible Sony smart TVs, complete with lock screen controls. ‌HomeKit‌ support will enable users to easily control the TVs using Siri voice commands or the Home app on iPhone, ‌iPad‌, and Mac. Samsung, LG, and Vizio are also releasing ‌AirPlay‌ 2-enabled smart TVs this year. Earlier this month, we went hands-on with one of Vizio's compatible models

Bowers & Wilkins Unveils New 'Formation' Series of High-End Home Audio Products With AirPlay 2 Support

Bowers & Wilkins today unveiled a new Formation Suite of high-end home audio products with support for Apple's wireless streaming protocol AirPlay 2. The new line includes five wireless products at launch, including the three-channel Formation Bar, carbon-domed Formation Duo speakers, elliptical-shaped Formation Wedge speaker, Formation Bass subwoofer with a Class D amplifier, and the Formation Audio that brings wireless audio streaming to any passive audio system. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 enables multi-room audio playback between the Formation products and other ‌AirPlay‌ 2 devices, such as the HomePod, Apple TV, and Sonos speakers. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 speakers also appear in the Home app across the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch and work with Siri for controlling music playback. The high-fidelity, high-resolution Formation Series products are also high-priced, of course, with prices ranging between $699 and

Bose Adds AirPlay 2 Support to BoseSmart Speakers and Sound Bars

Bose this week quietly announced AirPlay 2 support for its line of "BoseSmart" smart speakers. The audio company revealed the added functionality via its official Twitter account and separately in a post on its community support forums. Introduced late last year, the BoseSmart range of speakers support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and Alexa voice activation. Models in the range that now support ‌AirPlay‌ 2 include the Bose Home Speaker 500 ($399), the Soundbar 500 ($549), and the Soundbar 700 ($799). Bose says the feature support is being delivered to eligible speakers as an over-the-air firmware update, via the Bose Music app. As noted by HomeKit Hero, the company's announcement comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Bose had previously given no indication that ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support was coming to its speakers, and the brand didn't appear on Apple's own third-party AirPlay 2 speakers list, which includes both available and upcoming products. In its forum post, Bose mentioned it is still working on bringing ‌AirPlay‌ 2 compatibility to its SoundTouch speakers, which start at $199 and also include Alexa support, but offered no timeline for its

Yamaha Rolling Out AirPlay 2 Support to Select Home Audio Products Starting Later This Month

Japanese electronics maker Yamaha has announced that it will be rolling out AirPlay 2 support to 15 of its current home audio products, including a sound bar, wireless speakers, and receivers, starting later this month. The rollout will begin in late April and includes the following products: MusicCast 20 and MusicCast 50 wireless speakers MusicCast BAR 400 sound bar RX-Ax80 series AV receivers RX-Vx85 series AV receivers RX-S602 slimline AV receiver ATS-4080 sound bar TSR-7850 AV receiver CX-A5200 AV preamp/processor XDA-QS5400 MusicCast multi-room streaming amplifierUsers will be automatically prompted to install the firmware update via Yahama's MusicCast Controller app for iOS devices. AirPlay 2 will allow for Yamaha's home audio products to work with other AirPlay 2-enabled devices, such as the HomePod, Apple TV, and Sonos speakers, complete with multi-room audio syncing. AirPlay 2 devices can also be controlled with Siri and appear in the Home app across iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch. Additionally, starting today, over 70 Yamaha audio products will gain support for Actions on Google through an update to the MusicCast app, enabling voice control of compatible Yamaha devices via Google Assistant, either using the Google Home or an Android or iOS device with the Google Assistant

Hands-On With AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on a Vizio SmartCast TV

Vizio yesterday launched a beta version of its updated Smartcast software, which allows iPhone owners who have a Smartcast-enabled TV to use AirPlay 2 and HomeKit integrations for the first time on a third-party television set. We picked up a compatible Vizio television set (which includes the recent P and M series models at the current time) and were able to take a look at how ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌ work on a non-Apple device. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support on the Vizio TV lets allows TV shows and movies to be streamed from an iOS device directly to the television, with no Apple TV set-top box required. A movie can be started on the iPhone and AirPlayed right to the TV, with support for 4K HDR and Dolby Vision included. Mirroring a Mac or iOS device screen to the TV is also possible, letting photos, spreadsheets, webpages, documents, games, and more be displayed on the larger display of the television set. We couldn't get this feature working in the beta, but it should be available in the launch version of the software. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 support allows multiple audio sources to play the same content, which means a song can be played on a single television set, multiple television sets, or a Vizio TV and other ‌AirPlay‌ 2-enabled devices like HomePods for whole home audio. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 functionality is linked with ‌HomeKit‌, so Vizio television sets that support Apple's new protocols will show up right in the Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. From the Home app, you can do things like switch inputs, turn the

Vizio Launches Beta for Testing AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Functionality on SmartCast-Enabled TVs

Vizio's SmartCast-compatible TVs are gaining AirPlay 2 and HomeKit integration later this year, and ahead of the official release, Vizio has launched a new beta that will allow Vizio customers to test the functionality with compatible Vizio television sets. Vizio earlier this week updated its SmartCast app to add ‌AirPlay‌ 2 beta support, and today, the company began emailing customers who signed up for the beta test to let them know that ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌ are available in a beta capacity. Signups for Vizio's beta test began back in January, but Vizio TV owners can still sign up to participate through Vizio's Apple webpage. ‌AirPlay‌ 2 integration will allow iOS and Mac users to stream video content, music, photos, and more to SmartCast-enabled Vizio TVs, and with ‌HomeKit‌ integration, the Home app on iOS or Siri voice commands can be used to control the TV. @MacRumors Vizio Airplay 2 beta has begun. pic.twitter.com/KsB4C9P1ta— Vince Scarlata (@VincentScar) April 3, 2019 Official ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌ support will be coming to Vizio televisions in the summer. Vizio TVs from 2016 and later will support ‌AirPlay‌ 2 and ‌HomeKit‌.