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There’s more to AirPlay 2’s 3rd-party speaker support than this official list

There’s more to AirPlay 2’s 3rd-party speaker support than this official list

Apple has confirmed which third-party connected speakers will be AirPlay 2 compatible, though the 33 models on the list isn't quite the whole story. The new streaming functionality was added to iOS devices today as part of the iOS 11.4 release, allowing Apple's HomePod speaker to integrate with a multi-room music setup, among other things.

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Apple iOS 11.4 released: Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2, more

Apple iOS 11.4 released: Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2, more

Apple's iOS 11.4 update has been released, and with Messages in iCloud support, there's more to it than just AirPlay 2. The new version - which is arriving on iPhone, iPad, and the HomePod - was announced earlier today, with its support for bringing some much-needed features to Apple's smart speaker.

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AirPlay 2 with HomePod stereo pairs and multi-room arrives in iOS 11.4

AirPlay 2 with HomePod stereo pairs and multi-room arrives in iOS 11.4

Apple has launched AirPlay 2 in iOS 11.4, adding HomePod stereo pair support along with multi-room audio streaming. The new version of AirPlay 2 comes along with launch dates for HomePod in three new countries - Canada, France, and Germany - bringing the total number of places you can buy the Siri-powered smart speaker to six.

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Sonos AirPlay 2 support confirmed, AirPlay 2 still MIA

Sonos AirPlay 2 support confirmed, AirPlay 2 still MIA

iOS 12 might be just a few months away but one of iOS 11's expected features has yet to become reality. AirPlay 2 comes and goes in different betas, but Apple doesn't seem to be ready to roll it out to the public just yet. Some third-party manufacturers, however, seem to be more than ready for its launch. Speaker maker Sonos has just confirmed which of its speakers will be getting AirPlay 2 support when it eventually comes around.

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iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3 beta 3 rips out AirPlay 2

iOS 11.3, tvOS 11.3 beta 3 rips out AirPlay 2

Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. The third beta for the company’s mobile, TV, and desktop platforms has just rolled out to developers. And while they come loaded with new things, including important bugfixes, it’s the one thing that Apple removed that is making the biggest noise. As of the third beta for iOS 11.3 as well as tvOS 11.3, AirPlay 2 is no more. Not only does this mean no more multi-room feature, it also paints the HomePod in a disappointing light yet again.

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This HomePod multi-room tip saves waiting for AirPlay 2

This HomePod multi-room tip saves waiting for AirPlay 2

Apple's HomePod sounds great today, and with its upcoming AirPlay 2 update it'll gain multi-room support too, but there's a workaround if you can't wait for the official upgrade. While the Siri-powered speaker is being viewed as a direct Sonos rival, being able to link multiple speakers together and play the same music simultaneously is still a big advantage in Sonos' corner.

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HomePod audio sources detailed: Apple all the way

HomePod audio sources detailed: Apple all the way

The Apple HomePod ships next week but it might already be showing some of its warts this early. Never mind that it’s late, because Apple has a knack for rewriting history anyway. Evidence, both official and not, have surfaced revealing a smart speaker that might be a tad limited compared to the rivals it will be facing. The newest one is the official list of audio sources that the HomePod will support. And while it’s a very short list, it might not be much of a problem if your entire world already revolves around Apple anyway.

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iOS 11.3 beta features: multi-room AirPlay 2, Face ID checkout prompt

iOS 11.3 beta features: multi-room AirPlay 2, Face ID checkout prompt

If you haven’t yet had your fill of news about the first iOS 11.3 developer beta, don’t worry because there will be more to come as developers and users take it apart to discover unannounced features. Take, for example, these two new ones. It seems that Apple has finally gotten the ball rolling on pushing out AirPlay 2 after months of silence, though the question remains whether this multi-room feature will actually be included in the soon to launch HomePod.

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Beoplay H8i, H9i headphones unveiled: ANC, 18+ hour playback, luxury designs

Beoplay H8i, H9i headphones unveiled: ANC, 18+ hour playback, luxury designs

Bang & Olufsen has announced an expansion of its product portfolio, including the new H8i and H9i, as well as Special Edition Collection versions of the E8, namely the addition of all-black and all-white limited color options. The company has also announced the addition of Google Assistant to some of its TV audio products and speakers, allowing them to be controlled via Google Home or Google Home Mini devices. B&O is also adding AirPlay 2 support to many of its products.

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Apple’s HomePod sounds terrific – but the Siri Speaker has a big issue

Apple’s HomePod sounds terrific – but the Siri Speaker has a big issue

Surprise: the HomePod may be Apple's physical embodiment of Siri, but there Cupertino firm would really rather you think of the smart speaker as a music system first and foremost. Described as a blend of Sonos and Amazon Echo during the WWDC 2017 keynote, here Siri is really the gateway rather than the main event.

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Onkyo NCP-302 Wireless Multi-room speaker rocks with dual 3-inch woofers

Onkyo NCP-302 Wireless Multi-room speaker rocks with dual 3-inch woofers

Onkyo is set to debut a new multi-room wireless speaker at CEDIA 2016 called the NCP-302 along with some other new products. The NCP-302 speaker is designed to support a wide range of wireless protocols to allow it to work with just about every method of streaming and major service out there. Supported protocols include FireConnect, DTS Play-Fi, AirPlay, Google Cast and Bluetooth.

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HTC 10 Review

HTC 10 Review

If everybody loves an underdog story, why aren't more people buying HTC phones? That's the question the Android stalwart must be puzzling over, having spent the past four to five years trying to figure out how to be "critic's choice" rather than "also-ran" in the smartphone space. The answer for 2016 is the HTC 10, but is this new flagship enough to stand out amid behemoths like Apple and Samsung?

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