AirPort Express Shows Up in iOS 12 as AirPlay 2 Accessory

Apple AirPort Express with speakers attached for AirPlay 2

Apple officially killed off its AirPort product line, yet AirPort Express is showing up as a streaming speaker option in AirPlay 2 in the iOS 12 developer beta.

Apple AirPort Express with speakers attached for AirPlay 2
AirPort Express with AirPlay 2 support? Don’t count on it.

AirPlay 2 lets users stream audio to multiple speakers, even if they’re in different rooms, without latency. You can also jump audio from speaker to speaker as you move around your house.

Apple’s AirPort Express supports music streaming, although not with AirPlay 2. It has briefly shown up in iOS 11 betas, but never made it to the official public updates.

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Seeing AirPort Express as an AirPlay 2 option isn’t, however, a sure sign it’ll be supported for streaming when iOS 12 officially ships this fall. First, Apple would most likely need to release a software update for the device—something that isn’t likely considering the entire AirPort product line has been dropped. Second, you currently can’t add the device in the Home app even though it’s visible.

AppleInsider snapped a couple screenshots showing AirPort Express in the Home app in iOS 12 developer beta 1, and the images say pretty much everything we need to know for now: Couldn’t add Accessory.

AirPort Express as AirPlay 2 streaming option in iOS 12
AirPort Express shows up as an AirPlay 2 streaming device in iOS 12, but don’t count on it staying there

Odds are AirPort Express is showing up not because Apple plans to make it an official AirPlay 2 streaming device, but because weird stuff happens in betas. For now it’s just a sad reminder of what could’ve been.

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