Here’s a good surprise for the latest-generation AirPort Express users: they are now officially AirPlay 2 compatible! The small Wi-Fi terminal Apple can serve as a relay for the network, but it is mostly equipped with a jack and can thus power a pair of speakers or a chain.
With a firmware update distributed tonight, Apple allows these users to integrate their terminals to the House app and especially to enjoy the benefits of AirPlay 2. If you are using Apple AirPort Express, but don’t know how to get AirPlay 2 on it, then there is an easy process for that, which you can find on any reliable website that deals in AirPort Express.
Note that this only concerns the latest generation, the white square with rounded edges and the same size as the Apple TV. This model was originally released in 2012 and is equipped with 802.11n Wi-Fi. The older version plugged directly into the wall outlet and had only an Ethernet jack. The latter does not benefit from the update and it will be satisfied with AirPlay 1.
If you have an AirPort Express 802.11n, you can install the 7.8 update by using the AirPort Utility on your iOS device or on your Mac. You can then control music playback as if it were a HomePod or another compatible AirPlay 2 speaker. You can also add the kiosks to a room in the Home app, and thus enjoy automation, especially via Siri.
This is going to make your life a lot easier as now; you will have a better option to control your music. However, if you come across any problem controlling your music apps via AirPlay 2, then you have the option of taking help of AirPort Express help and support providers.
This is great news, although it is not quite a surprise. The AirPort Express kiosks appeared in the House app during the iOS 11.4 betas, before disappearing and returning regularly. Since a few betas of iOS 12, those can be found in the app, as the company has released the eleventh beta.
It is true that Apple has stopped the production of Apple Routers, which include AirPort Express, yet people will be able to get support from the company. AirPort Express is still getting updates, which shows that the company has not abandoned it at all.
If you are looking to get AirPlay 2 on your AirPort Express, but don’t know how to get it, then you can consult AirPort Express tech experts to find the right method of updating the device in order to get that extraordinary feature we all know as ‘AirPlay 2’.