How AirPlay 2 works: benefits and limitations

AirPlay

With iOS 11.4 comes AirPlay 2, the first major update to the streaming system since late 2010, when Apple stopped calling it AirTunes, changed its name to AirPlay and ceased to be audio-only.

Originally developed to be used only with branded devices, the company licensed the technology for third parties to use.

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That is, send audio, photos, or video to speakers, media players, or screens, even if they aren’t made by Apple.

The first version of AirPlay required installed hardware components so its adoption was practically, but with AirPlay 2 that changes, because only libraries and software components are needed.

In fact, the change has been noticed: months before AirPlay 2 reaches consumers through software updates, brands like Sonos, Bose, Denon, Pioneer, Bowers & Wilkins or Bang & Olufsen had already announced that many of their products will support the technology through a simple software update.

That way, those who have an iPhone or iPad will finally be able to send sound or video to those devices, just as they do with Apple TV, for example.

AirPlay 2 also solves some important limitations that the original AirPlay maintained for years, such as starting playback of a video on an iOS device without interrupting music being sent to a speaker from the same device, for example.

It also finally activates the support of sending different audio or video to multiple devices in different rooms from an iPad or an iPhone (Macs already had the capacity some years ago).

The function is integrated with Siri, so you can be prompted by voice commands to move the music from one speaker to another, especially useful for those who have one or more HomePods at home.

Largest AirPlay limitation is maintained in AirPlay 2

Unfortunately, the biggest limitation of AirPlay remains in AirPlay 2: the devices that support the technology remain dependent on the Apple device. If, for example, the iPhone that plays the music runs out of battery or loses Wi-Fi signal, it stops.

For many this will be a reason to continue using alternatives such as Spotify Connect, the Sonos solution or Google’s, in which the device that plays the music or video itself is responsible for doing so. Whoever used a Chromecast will understand what I mean.

The only exception to this rule, at the moment, is the HomePod, which takes full control of the music playback once started from an iPhone, iPad or Mac.

Apple has not specified whether this is a limitation on the license of AirPlay 2 to third parties or an implementation that other brands may do in the future.

AirPlay 2 also brings improvements to the HomePod, two of the devices can be used to activate stereo mode.

The setup is quite simple as you would expect from anything Apple does, plus an extra microphone is capable of measuring bass response and synchronizing it between the two speakers.

Again, it is unknown whether the stereo mode between two devices can be used by third party brands through AirPlay 2 as technology or limited to speakers solely manufactured by Apple.

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