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Bose quietly made the announcement through its support forums this week, confirming that customers of the Home Speaker 500, Soundbar 500, and Soundbar 700 can now benefit from AirPlay 2 performance (through HomeKit Hero).
We’re excited to announce that AirPlay 2 is now obtainable in your Smart Speakers and Soundbars! As lots of you realize, AirPlay 2 allows you to stream music, podcasts and audio for video from any Apple gadget to your Bose product (together with Apple Music!).
The Bose Home Speaker 500 integrates Amazon’s Alexa assistant and includes a colour LCD show. It’s obtainable for $399. The Bose Soundbar 500 additionally integrates Alexa and runs $549. Last however not least is the Soundbar 700, which runs $799.
As for customers of Bose’s SoundTouch audio system, the corporate says it remains to be engaged on AirPlay 2 performance. There are not any particulars on when that replace would possibly roll out. SoundTouch audio system also support Alexa and start at $199.
We know lots of our SoundTouch prospects are additionally looking forward to AirPlay 2 performance on their audio system, and whereas at this time’s announcement solely applies to our good audio system and soundbars, relaxation assured we’re nonetheless engaged on bringing the characteristic to SoundTouch as properly.
Interestingly, Apple’s AirPlay 2 webpage, which lists audio system that may or already assist the characteristic, makes no point out of Bose. You can view that checklist on Apple’s website. Bose’s replace comes only a few days after Yamaha outlined its AirPlay 2 plans.
The replace is rolling out now to all customers, with Bose saying that eligible audio system will replace robotically over-the-air. You can obtain the Bose Music app from the App Store for free.