macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 brings AirPlay 2 to iTunes | Cult of Mac

macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 brings AirPlay 2 to iTunes


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MacOS High Sierra is still being updated. In fact, there's a new version out now.
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Apple isn’t quite done with macOS High Sierra, even though most people’s attention is on the replacement, macOS Mojave. What’s likely the final update to the old version, macOS 10.13.6, is now available for download.

The main purpose of this release seems to be bug fixes, but the release notes do mention one new feature.

According to the Apple, “The macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 update adds AirPlay 2 multi-room audio support for iTunes and improves the stability and security of your Mac.”

macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 boasts AirPlay 2

It’s the AirPlay 2 for iTunes support that’s the (relatively) big deal here. It allows users to, as Apple puts in in the release notes, “Play music at the same time on multiple AirPlay 2-enabled speakers in your house, all in sync.”

Apple’s own HomePod smart speaker supports AirPlay 2, so the few people who own two of these can now use them for stereo sound.

iPhones and iPads running iOS 11.4 or newer can also control AirPlay 2 devices.

More changes

There are a couple of bug fixes in macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 important enough for Apple to call them out in the release notes. 

One deals with AVCHD files being recognized by the Photos apps. The other takes care of a bug that sometimes prevented Mail users from moving a message from Gmail to another account.

To download this new version, click on the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your Mac’s display, then select App Store from the resulting drop-down menu. Choose Updates from the row of icons at the top of the App Store screen. macOS High Sierra will be listed as one of the options. Click the Update button next to it.