Bose is rolling out a big firmware update for a bunch of SoundTouch speakers that adds AirPlay 2 support. You can install it via the free SoundTouch app for iPhone and iPad.
AirPlay 2 lets you stream audio from your Apple devices, and enables multi-room audio playback with other compatible speakers.
Bose promised in January that it would be bringing AirPlay 2 support to a number of its devices by the end of February. Just over a month later, its version 24.0.7 firmware update has arrived.
Bose speakers bag AirPlay 2 support
The list of supported models is as follows:
- SoundTouch 10
- SoundTouch 20 series III
- SoundTouch 30 series III
- SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier
- Wave SoundTouch music system IV
- SoundTouch 300 wireless sound bar
- Lifestyle 550 home entertainment system
- Lifestyle 600 home entertainment system
- Lifestyle 650 home entertainment system
To update your speaker, download the SoundTouch app for iOS (if you don’t already have it), and log in. Then accept the newest firmware when you see the popup that lets you know an update is available.
The firmware update also brings SiriusXM stability improvements and access to additional SXM content. To enjoy this, however, you’ll need to add your SXM account details again — even if you’ve logged in in the past.
AirPlay 2 makes streaming easy
After your speaker has been updated, you’ll be able to stream audio directly from your iPhone, iPad, Mac, and other Apple devices. You will also be able to control your speaker using Siri voice commands.
In addition, AirPlay 2 lets you pair your Bose speaker with other compatible devices for a multi-room audio setup. HomePod is supported, as well as other devices from Bowers & Wilkins, Sonos, and more.
Bose’s newest firmware is rolling out in phases, so not everyone will see it just yet. However, it should reach all users by February 25 at the latest.