JBL enters Dolby Atmos space with Airplay 2-ready, wireless soundbar

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JBL Bar 9.1
Speaker company JBL week announced this week the JBL Bar 9.1, a new soundbar with AirPlay 2 support.
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JBL used CES this week to introduce an AirPlay 2-ready soundbar with Dolby Atmos support and a unique take on wireless rear speakers.

Instead of cables running through the room or wireless speakers plugged into the wall for power, the JBL Bar 9.1 uses wireless, battery-powered rear speakers.

Samsung’s new spinning Sero TV coming to U.S. with AirPlay 2

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Samsung Sero TV coming to U.S. with AirPlay 2
Launched last May in South Korea, the Samsung spinning Sero TV is coming to America with AirPlay 2 support.
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CES-2020-bug-2With the advent of more verticle videos on social media platforms, Samsung is introducing its Sero pivoting TV in the U.S. with Apple AirPlay 2 support.

Samsung showed off its new Sero TV at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Sunday with plans for its release in the second half of this year. No specific price was revealed, but Samsung launched the 4K display in South Korea for roughly $1,640 last May.

New Bose portable speaker plays smarter with AirPlay 2

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Bose Portable Home Speaker is ready to be used on the go.
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The just-announced Bose Portable Home Speaker isn’t an everyday Bluetooth device. It also has Wi-Fi and, even better, supports AirPlay 2, making it cooperate much more closely with Apple devices.

This speaker offers 360 degree sound, and is designed for portability, with a built-in handle.

Vizio TVs start getting AirPlay 2 and HomeKit

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Vizio TV with AirPlay 2
Vizio TVs are getting a free software update that will let iPad and iPhone users beam video to them.
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Vizio has started updating its recent SmartCast TVs with support for AirPlay 2, allowing users to stream video from their iPhone or other Apple device. And not just new TVs — the list of compatible models stretches back to ones released in 2017.

These devices are also getting HomeKit support, so they can be part of Apple’s home automation system.

Netflix says it ended AirPlay support to benefit customers

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You can still watch Netflix on your iPhone, but you can’t cast with AirPlay any more.
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Netflix has explained why it stopped supporting AirPlay video casting in its iOS app. The change is a result of the new TVs with built-in AirPlay support being released, and apparently not in retaliation for the recent announcement of Apple TV+, a rival streaming service.

iOS 12.2 inches closer to launch with sixth beta

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iOS 12.2 is bringing a bunch of new features to iPhone and iPad.
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Apple is back with an all-new iOS 12.2 beta for developers, just one week after the iPhone-maker released iOS 12.2 beta 5 into the wild.

iOS 12.2 beta 6 could be the last beta build Apple puts out before making it available to the public. The new beta build packs a ton of bug fixes and performance improvements for iPad and iPhone to go with some UI changes and new features Apple added in previous builds.

LG TVs with AirPlay 2, HomeKit hit shelves next month

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LG OLED TVs released this year will be among the first to support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.
LG OLED TVs released this year will be among the first to support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.
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The wait for LG’s first lineup of TVs with Apple tech built in is almost over. After unveiling them  in January, the Korean company said today that it will begin rolling out its big-screen models with AirPlay 2 and HomeKit in April.

These are apparently part of Apple’s move to broaden the availability of the video streaming service it’s expected to unveil in a couple of weeks.