AirPort Express Firmware Update Adds Support For AirPlay 2 And Home App
Earlier this year, it was reported that AirPort Express would receive an update which will carry support for AirPlay 2. While owners of the AirPort Express have been on a rollercoaster since then, support for AirPlay 2 is finally here. Moreover, even though the hardware has been discontinued by the company, today marks a special day for owners of the device. The new update bumps up the version of the firmware to 7.8 and adds support for AirPlay 2 as well as the Home app. Let’s dive in to see some more details on the matter.
Apple Updates AirPort Express With Support For AirPlay 2 And Home App
This is not the first time that we’re hearing about AirPlay 2 support for the AirPort Express. The teaser for AirPlay 2 support has been present since the release of iOS 11.4 beta. Today, the 2012 second generation model of AirPort Express has been updated with support for AirPlay to and Home app.
With AirPlay 2, users can stream music to a range of sources that support the wireless technology. This includes the HomePod, supported Sonos speakers and more. The AirPort Express possesses an inbuilt AUX port which allows you to stream your music wirelessly to a connected speaker over line-in. You can also play music in a specific room through the Home app using HomeKit. Moreover, you can also make use of Siri to stream your music.
If you happen to own an AirPort Express, you can download the new firmware update through the AirPort Utility app on macOS as well as iOS. Once the latest firmware is installed, open the Home app and designate the hardware in your desired room. From then on, you will have the ability to use AirPlay 2 and Siri to stream your music in that room. Do make sure that the accessory is connected to the speaker.
The new update is supported with iOS 11.4.1 and iOS 12 as well so you can start using the feature right now. There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details. This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the latest update for AirPort Express? Let us know in the comments.