AirPlay 2 Features Removed From iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3

Early AirPlay 2 functionality, which was present in initial iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 betas, has been removed from the third beta that was provided to developers this morning.

With the first betas of iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3, when you installed these updates on an iOS device and two or more fourth or fifth-generation Apple TVs, AirPlay 2 could be used to stream music to multiple devices at the same time.


As an example, with two Apple TVs running tvOS 11.3 set up in different rooms of the house, you could use an iPhone to play the same song on both through AirPlay 2’s multi-room audio feature.

Installing tvOS 11.3 also added the Apple TV to your HomeKit setup, with the Apple TV present in the Home app.


As noted by iDownloadBlog, all of these features are now missing in iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 beta 3. There are no options to play audio to multiple sources and the Apple TV has been removed from the Home app.

The AirPlay 2 feature was buggy and not fully functional, which may be why it’s been removed. It is not clear at this time if Apple plans to re-introduce the AirPlay 2 functionality in later iOS 11.3 and tvOS 11.3 betas.

AirPlay 2 was first announced as part of iOS 11 in June, but it did not show up in the launch version of the new operating system. When officially released, AirPlay 2 will allow HomePod, Apple TV, and supported third-party speakers to work together.

Once AirPlay 2-compatible products are widely available, you will be able to use AirPlay 2 to control all of the different speakers and devices throughout your home, for a full multi-room audio experience.

This kind of multi-room audio support was a main feature advertised for the HomePod, but Apple opted to ship the speaker without it.

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How to Stop Others from Adding/Removing Accessories or Scenes to Home App on iPhone and iPad

How to Stop Others to Add-Remove Accessories or Scenes to Home App on iPhone and iPad

Your naughty brother keeps on adding unnecessary scenes to the Home app; despite your repeated warning. Today, you have decided enough is enough and want to disallow him to add or remove accessories or scenes from the Home app on iPhone or iPad.

Stopping others from adding or deleting HomeKit accessories is quite simple and hardly takes a few steps. Let me show you how it works!

How to Stop Others to Add-Remove Accessories or Scenes to Home App on iPhone and iPad

How to Disallow Others to Add or Remove Accessories or Scenes to Home App on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Launch the Home app on your iOS device → tap on the tiny arrow atHomePod Settings Arrow the top right corner.

Step #2. Now, select the person that you want to edit permissions for.

Step #3. Next, turn off the switch next to Allow Editing.

Going forward, this person won’t be able to edit accessories. But if you ever happen to change your mind and allow him to get onboard again, follow the same steps and turn on the switch in the end.

How to Remove A Person to Prevent Him/Her from Controlling Your HomeKit Accessories

You have already disallowed a person from editing accessories. Now, you want to remove him to completely block his path to return.

Step #1. Open the Home app on your iOS device.

Step #2. Now, tap on the tiny arrow HomePod Settings Arrowlocated at the upper right corner.

Step #3. Next, tap the user and then hit Remove Person.

That’s done!

Over to you

It’s pretty easy to manage the editing permissions, isn’t it? Share your thought in the comments.

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