AirPlay 2 Features Removed From iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Early AirPlay 2 functionality, which was present in initial iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 betas, has been removed from the third beta that was provided to developers this morning.

    With the first betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, when you installed these updates on an iOS device and two or more fourth or fifth-generation Apple TVs, AirPlay 2 could be used to stream music to multiple devices at the same time.


    As an example, with two Apple TVs running tvOS 11.3 set up in different rooms of the house, you could use an iPhone to play the same song on both through AirPlay 2's multi-room audio feature.

    Installing tvOS 11.3 also added the Apple TV to your HomeKit setup, with the Apple TV present in the Home app.


    As noted by iDownloadBlog, all of these features are now missing in iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 beta 3. There are no options to play audio to multiple sources and the Apple TV has been removed from the Home app.

    The AirPlay 2 feature was buggy and not fully functional, which may be why it's been removed. It is not clear at this time if Apple plans to re-introduce the AirPlay 2 functionality in later iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 betas.

    AirPlay 2 was first announced as part of iOS 11 in June, but it did not show up in the launch version of the new operating system. When officially released, AirPlay 2 will allow HomePod, Apple TV, and supported third-party speakers to work together.

    Once AirPlay 2-compatible products are widely available, you will be able to use AirPlay 2 to control all of the different speakers and devices throughout your home, for a full multi-room audio experience.

    This kind of multi-room audio support was a main feature advertised for the HomePod, but Apple opted to ship the speaker without it.

    Article Link: AirPlay 2 Features Removed From iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3
  2. scottlitch macrumors member


    Oct 8, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    I'm anxiously awaiting AirPlay 2. I want them to get it right, but I'm hoping its not going to take much longer.
  3. PastaPrimav macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2017
    Good chance this is now pushed to iOS 12. What a shame.
  4. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
  5. Ted13 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 29, 2003
    I really hope when they do release AirPlay 2 it is also compatible with multiple AirPort Express device, which the current AirPlay is from the Mac, and it would be very useful from iOS devices as well.
  6. Narcaz macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2013
    Maybe they iclude Bluetooth 5 features like Dual Audio in a future update. To be able to connect two speakers or headphones would be a big reason to upgrade some of my devices.
  7. macfacts macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2012
    I guess being in control of both the hardware and software adds no benefit if Apple is having so many delays and problems with these new features.
  8. scottlitch macrumors member


    Oct 8, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    As a Bose Lifestyle and SoundTouch owner I want this.
  9. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    I don't think so.

    It was just really buggy, so instead of constantly getting thousands of unnecessary bug reports and questions about it, Apple simply removed it temporarily. They'll put it back when it's more stable and meaningful for developers.
  10. PlutoPrime macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2009
    Apple is starting to buckle under the pressure of meeting software quality objectives.

    This is turning them into another company that paper-launches products or launches them with great delay that when they're finally done/released there is no excitement left for the achievement.
  11. b11051973 macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2006
    I bought a HomePod for my office. I will buy at least one more once Airplay 2 gets released.
  12. sidewinder3000 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    C’mon AirPlay 2, you can do it! I believe in you.
  13. happygodavid macrumors regular


    May 14, 2007
    Northern Virginia
    I'm more hopeful that Airplay 2 improve its streaming quality from iOS/macOS to ATV than for multi-room audio (not that that's not a great feature). Airplay to ATV has alway been sketchy for me (I've got everything hard wired).
  14. LogicalVue macrumors member


    Aug 28, 2007
    USA (Maine)
    Considering they had already said AirPlay 2 was "later this year" in the HomePod announcements, I doubt it was ever intended to ship with iOS 11.3. It was added there for testing purposes and now that iOS 11.3 is probably getting close to releasing (March is just around the corner), it was removed. I bet it will be back in iOS 11.4 if they continue down that path or it will now wait for the iOS 12 beta that should be expected in June.
  15. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    Remove the AirPlay 2 clutter.

  16. Slix macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2010
    At this point, I kind of just hope iOS 11 and High Sierra last another year, instead of leaving bugs behind and features behind that were announced almost a year ago.

    One can wish.
  17. eoblaed macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    Considering they haven't released firmware for the HomePod or AppleTV to support AirPlay 2 yet, this makes sense. They were probably getting inundated with calls/emails from people confused as to why their HomePods weren't going into stereo mode since the phone made it look like you could do it.
  18. Mike MA, Feb 20, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2018

    Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    I hope with the introduction of AirPlay 2 the poor volume of a HomePod connected to an Apple TV will improve. Yet I have my doubts.
  19. bgro macrumors 65816

    Jul 6, 2010
    South Florida
    As a Sonos owner I want Spotify. And I shall have it once I cancel my AM subscription. Just tired of waiting on Apple. Always waiting for something. Used to be worth the wait. Not anymore, not even close.
  20. Mr. Donahue macrumors 6502

    Mr. Donahue

    Sep 17, 2014
    Air play doesn’t even work with my Apple 4K TV. Apples products promise all these features and they don’t deliver. I’m still waiting for Continuity to actually work consistently for once.
  21. mookc1 macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2014
    Me too! But I'm getting used to the delay....
  22. Solver macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2004
    Cupertino, CA
  23. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    There wont be an 11.4.
  24. PaulRustad007 macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2015
    I guess everything now is always just one update away.......
  25. Raymon18 macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2012
    I've also hard wired the Apple TV to the network and experienced lag. After disabling Bluetooth, everything was working fine and the lag was gone. Seems like Apple is preferring bluetooth connections for AirPlay, which I completely don't understand. AirPlay should always use the local network when it's available.

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