iOS 11.3 leaves AirPlay 2 out

iOS 11.3 leaves AirPlay 2 out
The new iOS 11.3 update is here and it brings new battery health info, ARKit with support for vertical surfaces, business chat and health records in the US, and other improvements, but one important feature that was expected to come with this update, did not make it: we are talking about AirPlay 2.

AirPlay 2 appears prominently on Apple's official iOS page, but the feature has been removed from iOS 11.3 beta 3 and has not made it in the final software either.

With AirPlay 2, you will be able to wirelessly stream audio from an iPhone or iPad to multiple devices simultaneously, so you could have two HomePods blasting out sound together for a fuller, more refined sound experience, or you can have a HomePod and an Apple TV connected simultaneously for multi-room audio.


Interestingly, AirPlay 2 was available to try in iOS 11.3 beta 1 and beta 2, but apparently Apple engineers could not finalize the feature in time and it will launch with a future iOS update, likely iOS 11.4.

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5 Comments

1. japkoslav

Posts: 1496; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

And Homepod still remains mono... Who said that stereo Homepods might come year later, sir you might be right.

2. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Does the HomePod provide clear sound? I haven’t heard in in person yet, when it came to smart speaker I always felt the JBL Sound Link the best

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4084; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Even with airplay 2, the home pod will still be single channel so not true R and L stereo. Same signal coming from two sources. It will sound better for sure but true separate channel stereo is preferred.

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1496; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

It certainly will remain mono and other speakers will be better, but still I want to see a final product. Now it's alfa/early beta stage, when they release final version, I will check it out again.

3. japkoslav

Posts: 1496; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

So far I have to get my ears on it. My friend has it and he does say exactly the same thing I read in detailed reviews. Good sound, compared to 150$ bluetooth, not-smart speakers, but for that price you can get Marshall Woburn. I would certainly wait for AirPlay 2 and +10 inteligence potion firmware to make a final decision.

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