Just a few hours ago, Apple released iOS 11.4 and tvOS 11.4 along with AirPlay 2, the new streaming protocol that will allow users to create stereo or multi-room sound systems by using HomePod and third-party supported speakers.
This means users will now be able to play songs and movies in an audio setting of their choice; may be it a stereo pair, a selected group of speakers, or everywhere inside their home.
While the idea sounds great, but its implementation will require some time. For now, only HomePod speakers are supported.
However, Apple has released a list of speakers that will be able to play AirPlay 2 streams in the near future.
The most prominent amongst these speaker is the voice-activated Sonos One. Priced at $199, the squared-shaped speaker can become the perfect companion to the HomePod.
Several other brands have been mentioned which have been listed below:
When will these speakers be able to support AirPlay 2? Soon. While Apple has provided support, it’s now the responsibility of the manufacturing brand to provide firmware update for AirPlay 2 compatibility.
However, Sonos users can expect a positive development as early as next week as the company has invited the press for an event on June 6.
Strangely enough, there are no Beats speaker in this list. Earlier this month, it was rumored that Apple might be creating a small smart-speaker under the Beats brand.