Late on last year, Sonos announced that they planned to add support for Apple’s upcoming AirPlay 2 to their speakers. AirPlay 2 is a notable feature that will allow iPhone and iPad users to send audio from basically any app to Sonos’ great-sounding speakers, but it wasn’t immediately made clear which speakers would feature the support.
This past week, Sonos have announced that it will be their Sonos One, second-gen Play:5, and Playbase which will be updated with AirPlay 2 support.
That means that once AirPlay 2 leaves beta testing and is officially launched by Apple, users of those speakers will be able to tell Siri to play tracks from Apple Music on Sonos systems, as well as having the aforementioned ability to send audio from any app they please.
Older Sonos lines, such as the Play:1, Play:3, and Playbar, will not be getting the AirPlay 2 support but that doesn’t necessarily mean that owners of those products cannot benefit from it. If they have just one speaker which does get the AirPlay 2 support, after all, those users can group it with older models to make their chosen audio play everywhere.
The official blog post released by Sonos regarding the upcoming AirPlay 2 support explained why the software update has to work that way:
‘Just like with laptops and mobile phones, sophisticated new features sometimes require new hardware…The computing platforms and software architecture in some of the older Sonos players simply don’t have the horsepower to support AirPlay 2. But by taking advantage of newer Sonos hardware, we’re able to make AirPlay 2 content available throughout the house on speakers old and new.’