There is a long list of established brands signed up to support AirPlay 2 going forward. But what about all the speakers you already own?
Apple recently rolled out AirPlay 2, which, essentially, opens up the ability to stream music from your iOS device to more than one product. This is also Apple's first major attempt at multi-room audio. It even allows the company's HomePod smart speaker to connect to other AirPlay 2-supporting speakers, like the Sonos One, as well as set up two HomePods up as a stereo pair. And, yes, it's coming to old speakers.
For some products, there will be software updates to existing AirPlay-enabled speakers, bringing support for AirPlay 2. Unfortunately, while many companies have promised to offer new products with AirPlay 2, we don't yet have a full picture of all the brands that plan to offer AirPlay 2 updates to existing products. Nevertheless, we've rounded up those who have confirmed and will update this over time.
When is AirPlay 2 coming to my speakers?
The following brands have confirmed existing hardware will get updates. When we know more about which products and when, we'll fill you in.
Bang and Olufsen
Bang and Olufsen confirmed it will offer AirPlay 2 updates in August and September to the following products:
- Beoplay M3, M5, A6, A9 mk2
- BeoSound 1, 2, 35
- BeoSound Essence mk2
- BeoSound Core
- BeoSound Shape (via BeoSound Core)
- BeoVision Eclipse (audio only)
According to a Bose forum thread, Bose is "actively collecting information to answer inquiries about AirPlay 2 and HomeKit".
Denon has announced that AirPlay 2 will be coming to a number of its new and current hi-fi and home cinema components, and lays claim to being the first manufacturer to put the streaming tech into an AVR. The 2018 models will get the tech first but the 2017 models will get it at a later date.
Libratone said an update will come to its Zipp line. Unfortunately, it's not coming to the AirPlay-enabled Diva soundbar or older products.
Naim said Uniti Atom, Uniti Star, and Uniti Nova will update to support AirPlay 2 "in parallel with Apple's launch timings".
Sonos has confirmed only newer Sonos speakers will support AirPlay 2, as will future Sonos products. But the company has gone a little further and confirmed that AirPlay 2 will be coming to the following speakers following a software update in July 2018:
- Play:5 (second-gen)
- Sonos One
- Sonos Beam
Want to know more?
Check out Pocket-lint's guides on AirPlay 2: