AirPort Express Shows Up in Home App Hinting at AirPlay 2 Support

AirPort Express Shows Up in Home App Hinting at AirPlay 2 Support

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The AirPort Express has started showing up in the Home app for developers running iOS 11.4 beta, hinting at AirPlay 2 support.

First noticed by some observant redditors, the second generation AirPort Express shows up when you go to add an accessory in the Home app.

Confirmed, Airport Express 2nd generation shows up in Apple Homekit (iOS 11.4 Beta 1) when you try to add an accessory. I also have 1st generation Airport Express but it doesn’t show up in HomeKit. When I select the Airport Express to add it to HomeKit, it just hangs and never actually adds it to my HomeKit setup. This might be a sign that Apple is considering allowing 2nd generation Airport Express as a speaker option in future versions of Apple HomeKit.

AirPort Express Shows Up in Home App Hinting at AirPlay 2 Support

It's been over half a year since we asked Apple SVP Craig Federighi to bring AirPlay 2 to the Apple Express. Hopefully, Apple did keep it "in mind" and we'll see support implemented in future betas!

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AirPort Express Shows Up in Home App Hinting at AirPlay 2 Support

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