Parties take an awful lot of work and, sometimes, you just want to rock out on your own, in your house, in some of the rooms or all of the rooms. Apple’s Airplay 2 for iPhone grants you that magical ability. This convenient feature for “throwing” content onto your smart TV or speakers puts you in direct control while still maintaining complete privacy. For seamless access to your home devices, AirPlay 2 allows you to live your multi-room streaming dreams without leaving your lock screen.
Lock Screen Magic
The uniqueness of AirPlay 2 is the swift access to your smart home devices without opening your phone or firing up control apps. Say you’re listening to James Brown’s Payback and you’d like to invite the whole family to your dance party; go to your lock screen, swipe down to access your control center and tap the AirPlay icon, select the rooms you’d like to inject with funk, personalize your media levels, and press play. Commence the dance party!
While the original Airplay only allowed for video mirroring through Apple TV and audio streaming via one speaker at a time, AirPlay 2’s technology has facilitated audio and video mirroring by way of multi-room streaming. It does so by allowing your iPhone to play on an Airplay 2 compatible receiving device, and stream the audio through select speakers or all of the speakers. Allowing you to adjust your audio-visual experience room by room.
Considering that Airplay 2 connects through WiFi, it should come as no surprise its sound quality surpasses that of Bluetooth speakers. When using Bluetooth, a user is limited to an auditory experience. Playback comes from the iPhone, as opposed to directly from the streaming platform, like Spotify or Apple Music. With Airplay 2, the audio comes directly from the source. This improves any latency/buffering typically caused by Bluetooth connectivity issues.
The AirPlay software was originally designed to be compatible with Apple TV and 3rd party speakers. Thankfully, AirPlay 2 has been updated so you can mirror video on Vizio, Samsung, and LG devices, opening up the Airplay 2 future for those who do not use Apple exclusively. Recently, the Apple TV app became available for download on non-Apple products which only makes using the Airplay 2 feature even more of a no-brainer.
Next time you want to Netflix and chill, don’t reach for the remote. Just AirPlay (2) it.
Responsive Living, the term coined by Acoustic Architects founders, Aaron Flint and Spencer Hauldren, is the concept of seamlessly enhancing the client’s unique lifestyle using smart home technology. Responsive Living allows you to interact with your space via touch input, voice command, and predictive automation, placing you in full control of your home.
If you would like to learn more about Airplay 2 compatibility for your home system, feel free to connect with us. We will be happy to schedule a demo with you.
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