Apple Music Social and Hotel Airplay Delayed: Key iOS 17 Features Now Coming 2024


Apple music fans face delayed gratification as two highly touted iOS 17 features miss their 2022 launch targets. Collborative playlists and guest-friendly AirPlay streaming to hotel TVs both slip officially to 2024 as Apple cites finalizing development.

Power users awaited collaborative Apple Music playlists all year to jointly curate tunes with friends. After brief beta availability, Apple yanked the social feature to fortify it against “spam and abuse” vulnerabilities before wide debut.

Similarly Apple’s pledge to simplify in-room entertainment via iOS 17 falls flat for now. The concept involves guests screen mirroring or streaming media to hotel TVs using just QR codes, no cables required.

Widely previewed in June, Apple’s initial rollout partner IHG implied major chain availability before 2023. Instead more work remains to streamline the backend integration according to Apple’s latest guidance.

The delay also spotlights unresolved issues with LG as a key display vendor. Joint press around the hotel enhancement highlighted LG’s Prov:Centric smart TVs. This proprietary hospitality platform underpins most guest room screens.

Yet despite over six months to optimize, LG now confirms firmware upgrades to support the AirPlay connectivity experience remain pending. Hence both features headline a short list of iOS 17letdowns that will seemingly keep some users waiting well into 2024.

Of course Apple faithful stand accustomed to its “it ships when it ships” launch mentality. Still business partners like LG hint that the lengthy timeline owes partly to technical challenges in seamlessly bridging iOS devices with targeted hardware.

So for now collaborative playlists and expending iPhone entertainment ecosystem into hotels float in release purgatory. The potential remains intriguing on paper, but another 12 months of development frustration looms for those eager to try both functionalities sooner rather than later.

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