HomePod HomePod 'handoff' from iPhone - awesome!

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by Macwick, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. Macwick macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2008
    Apologies if this has already been discussed, but I just confirmed something pretty awesome about the AirPod (and *hopefully* other AirPlay 2 compatible devices).

    If you play music via the iOS Music app and then choose the AirPod as an AirPlay destination, the AirPod will start playing this music *independently* of the iPhone. Apparently, the HomePod streams the music from the cloud. In contrast, AirPlay 1 would simply stream the music directly from your phone.

    Why is this important? A couple of reasons:

    1) If you start music playing in a couple of rooms (say during a party) and then you leave or do something else with your phone, the music won't just stop playing.

    2) With AirPlay 1, streaming would stutter *all the time*, especially when using the iPhone for other purposes or if you strayed too far from Wifi.

    3) Presumably other iOS devices will then be able to pause/skip/play and otherwise control the playlist after you've queued it up. Compare this with AirPlay 1, where every other user would just be 'locked out' of that AirPlay device while you were using it.

    I think this is a pretty big deal for full home audio control. It also explains why Apple hasn't upgraded the iTunes remote app in years - they had bigger plans.

    There's one other piece that needs to fall into place to make this a perfect full audio solution for me - Apple either has to release an AirPlay 2 update for the AirPort Express, or provide some other AirPlay 2 solution with audio out for rooms with existing amps. I have speakers in my back yard, for example, hooked up to an AirPort Express. HomePod doesn't work for this use case.
  2. cavemonkey50 macrumors 6502

    Aug 9, 2007
    Allentown, PA
    Is this in the 11.3 beta? I’ve noticed just in general under 11.2.5 using HomePod AirPlay is lightning quick to start. Looking forward to the improvements of AirPlay 2.
  3. Macwick, Feb 9, 2018
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    Macwick thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2008
    Nope, I'm running 11.2.5.
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    Hrm, I'm actually having trouble reproducing this functionality.

    Before writing this post, I was able to select the HomePod as the AirPlay target, and the playlist would then show up in the HomePod's now playing window (rather than iPhone -> <HomePod>).

    However now when I try this, it is just streaming from my iPhone. I'm positive I got it working though - will have to experiment some more.
  4. The 12th Man macrumors regular

    The 12th Man

    Sep 9, 2016
    Yes, you’re able to do this with Apple TV as well! You can play individually selected music from your iPhone without interrupting what’s being played on the iPhone itself. This’s just the first stage of AirPlay 2. Can’t wait!
  5. daijholt macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2013
    Wales, UK
    I’ve noticed that playing music from HomePod, then opening the music widget of control center and selecting homepod’s now playing card, causes the Music app of the phone to be overtaken by the HomePod playlist.

    As in, opening the music app after doing the above shows the homepods music as the current, and changing anything or adding to the up next will add to homepod’s playlist, not the iphone’s.

    Pretty cool.
  6. mrial macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2007
    Saint Paul, MN
    There seems to be an automatic handoff. If I start a playlist with my iPhone though airplay and THEN turn off wifi and bluetooth on the phone, the music continues to play from Apple Music online. I can't find a way to manually switch it though.

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