Belkin To Offer AirPlay 2 And HomeKit Connectivity Via A Small Adapter
Accessory maker Belkin appears to be getting set to launch a new adapter that will add AirPlay 2 and HomeKit audio to existing smart home systems. The device appears to be similar to the now-extinct AirPort Express device that Apple once sold.
According to FCC filings and a 9to5Mac report, the Belkin Soundform Connect will be powered by a single USB-C cable and offer audio output via a 35mm jack as well as Optical Digital Audio.
Based on FCC filings, the small adapter called “Belkin Soundform Connect” will be powered via a USB-C cable and will support audio output via a 3.5mm mini-jack port as well as Optical Digital Audio. Once you connect an audio device to the adapter, the iPhone, iPad, or any other Apple device will detect it as an AirPlay 2 speaker.
Once configured users will be able to play music to the hub via AirPlay 2 and while HomeKit support will allow users to ask Siri to play audio at will. It all makes for an interesting addition to the HomeKit ecosystem, especially if Belkin can keep the price down.