Feb 12, 2018
Learn how to use the touch controls on HomePod and what the different status lights on the top of HomePod mean: https://www.howtoisolve.com/homepod-touch-gestures/
Thanks for all you answers and thoughts on the topic!
I certainly did not want to blame Bose for the delay of AirPlay 2 integration, especially after hearing that Apple kicked out AirPlay 2 of the latest iOS 11.3 beta. The Bose support stated in this discussion, that there are still no news yet. It might even be delayed until iOS 12. How annoying!
However, I would highly appreciate an answers from Bose to the question which SoundTouch speakers will be able to receive the AirPlay 2 update. In my case, I would buy three new SoundTouch speakers right away if I knew that they will support the update.
Dec 31, 2017
While I have been very patient with Bose and Airplay 2 support bearing in mind a lot of the delay appears to be on the Apple side, Sonos have today announced which speakers will be supporting Airplay 2 (https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/4/25/17283114/sonos-apple-airplay-2-support-details). The issue appears to be that not all Sonos speakers are able to support Airplay 2 due to the processing power involved and the amount of audio that needs to be buffered.
How far are Bose away from making a similar announcement? I bought a Soundtouch 300 and subwoofer as well as a Soundtouch 20 series 3 not long after Bose's Airplay 2 announcement last June (https://twitter.com/bose/status/871833192524730369?lang=en). It is somewhat of a frustration that any questions regarding Airplay 2 appear to be directed back to a statement made by Bose in the forums nearly a year ago.
I am not looking for a firm date but a bit more information would be appreciated. I have spent a lot of money on Bose kit on the promise of Airplay 2 compatibility, yes this was probably a bit stupid on my part and I may have to start from scratch to actually achieve what I am looking for if Bose don't come through on their promise, but surely with Airplay 2 now in beta and Bose being a launch partner there is more information available. I am not, however, expecting a helpful response based on other responses on these forums.
Dec 3, 2017
Then we both are stupid, haha. I bought a set of ST20 + 2 ST10 + ST Adapt last year, following the announcement, and truly hope that this won't end up being a letdown.
I might very well buy another set of speakers designed by a competitor if these, while brand new, won't let me create the "home cinema" I am patiently waiting for as of now.
Anyway, the relative lack of news is not really Bose's fault, the implementation not even being final on iOS and Apple's very own HomePod.
If Sonos are able to annouce which of their speakers are going to be compatible with Airplay 2, I fail to see why Bose can't. I just want to know if I am keeping my speakers or putting this forray into Bose down as a (rather expensive) bad experience.
May 31, 2018
Hi lars_bose_user and czbird,
Thanks for the posts. As of now, there is no timeline available for the release of Airplay 2. If we hear anything at all, we will update the community
Brandon - Community Support
Nov 1, 2015
In other words forget it, AP2 will not happen for our existing product line but might be part of a new product launch sometime in the future...
just as with all the previous Bose promises, AP2 will never happen, no sign of the Bose name on Apple’s AP2 site, it has been removed, it was there 12mths ago when AP2 was announced.
i see the slow demise of Bose in this product arena, they can’t support what they have sold now so they don’t stand a chance against Apple and Homekit once the ball starts rolling.
3yrs of crummy unreliable software and the most user unfriendly app have sealed their fate, better stick to headsets Bose...