AirPlay 2 gone from new iOS 11.3 beta, may be delayed until iOS 12

Apple’s AirPlay 2 technology is reportedly facing further delays, perhaps until iOS 12.

The second-generation audio streaming technology has been removed from the latest iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 beta releases, potentially placing its inclusion in the final versions in jeopardy.

Apple hasn’t addressed why the tech, which promises multiroom audio and automatic stereo pairing for HomePod speakers, is absent from the new betas, but the news will be perturbing to some new HomePod users.

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Both multiroom and stereo pairing are standout pledges of the new HomePod speaker, which shipped without access to either on February 9.

The inclusion of AirPlay 2 within the most recent previews suggested it would be rolling out with iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3.

The tvOS 11.3 inclusion is also significant because Apple TV devices will also be capable of joining a multiroom audio set up once AirPlay 2 arrives.

No promises

As 9to5Mac points out, Apple didn’t promise AirPlay 2 would roll out in iOS/tvOS 11.3, just that it would arrive later in 2018. Of course, the company often removes and re-adds features during the beta stages so HomePod owners shouldn’t give up hope yet.

Apple first announced the feature alongside HomePod at WWDC 2017, last June, and the firm is still seemingly struggling with getting the tool ready for prime time.

Once it’s here the feature should provide Apple with an overdue alternative to the likes of Google Chromecast and Sonos’ time-tested multiroom tech.

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