Apple Lists Third Party Speakers and Receivers That Will Support AirPlay 2

Apple Lists Third Party Speakers and Receivers That Will Support AirPlay 2

Make sure your HomePods are updated to 11.4 or later. The wireless audio protocol supports multi-room and HomePod stereo-pairing.

Do this for all your iOS devices. The A8 chip inside the speaker runs algorithms to analyze the left and right channels of a stereo mix to figure out which speakers project which frequencies to what part of the room. This allows you to pair two HomePod devices in a wireless stereo setup. So if you run out of your 5GB of free storage then you will be forced to upgrade or turn the feature off altogether.

Apple hasn't released sales figures for its speaker, but estimates say the HomePod holds about 3 percent of the overall market in the USA, according to a February survey from investment firm Loup Ventures. I could hear sounds nearly completely confined to single channels.

Follow along as we walk you through how to create a HomePod Stereo Pair. This means you can play music at the same time on multiple speakers that are compatible with AirPlay 2. You can also control the synced speaker directly from the lock screen of iPhones and iPads and also through Siri.

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You can check out the full release notes for iOS 11.4 here. The volume is impressive-one HomePod did an okay job of filling my living room, but two HomePods can do it with no trouble. Once you have HomePods associated with different rooms, you can control them the way you might control lights or temperature. Are you impressed with the Siri-powered audio product? I found the multi-room syncing trick worked as billed.

Right now Amazon's Alexa smart assistant can also control third-party speakers like Sonos, while you can't ask Google Assistant via Google Home speaker to play music to a Sonos speaker.

The latest update to iOS 11 will let you listen to audio across rooms and also take advantage of a feature promised so long ago, you might have forgotten that it was coming to your iPhone. That is to say, should a device be inacessible, you'll still be able to see all received messages on your other devices.

AirPlay 2 will allow users to play music in any room, move music from one room to another or play the same song everywhere via their iOS device, HomePod, Apple TV or by asking Siri.

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