iOS 6 Beta 3 Brings AirPlay Speaker Out Feature to Apple TV
The latest beta version of iOS 6 (beta 3) makes the Apple TV set-top box more than just a media receiver. It was discovered that the new version allows users to actively stream audio to external AirPlay-enabled speakers. The functionality, which was originally highlighted by FlatPanelsHD
is one that is welcomed by many.
Apple TV users who are running the latest software will detect AirPlay-enabled speakers on a userís home network, making them available to select for sound output. The feature is said to be fully operational and users can send audio from any content, including video, to wireless AirPlay-capable speakers. This is different from the current Apple TV which only has the ability to receive AirPlay content. The existing AirPlay settings on the Apple TV only allow users to turn the feature on or off, and set a password.
This new software update will allow the Apple TV to be a more independent device and not as reliant on external devices. Users can access their iCloud-stored music library on an Apple TV, and use the set-top box to stream the music elsewhere, like to speakers connected to an Apple AirPort Express. It should be noted that users of the latest beta of iOS 6 for the Apple TV indicated that Dolby Digital must be disabled since AirPlay doesnít support 5.1 surround sound. If you chose this option, youíll quickly realize that the volume will be very low. Nonetheless, itís nice to see more features being added for the device.