At the beginning of the year, at the CES 2019, many manufacturers announced new AirPlay 2 compatible televisions. This was quite an important news as it meant that the television would become a HomeKit home automation gadget that we could control with our own iPhone or Mac and even through Siri, making the user experience a real delight.
What was not clear is when these AirPlay 2 enabled televisions would be seen but LG has made it clear today that their AirPlay 2 enabled televisions will be on the market later this year . That is, although users can buy a TV with these features right now does not come with this active functionality, surely because Apple must adapt their devices and also finalize the corresponding software.
This is why these TVs that are currently being sold will receive a firmware update in mid 2019 providing this support to make playing multimedia content much easier and of higher quality. This is because the audio will be able to go through an AirPlay 2 compatible speaker system.
Specifically, the statement reads as follows:
The new LG televisions will receive a mid-year update to support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit for easy streaming of video and audio content and connectivity to Apple’s smart home products. LG 2019 TV owners can also expect to receive a firmware update that will add Amazon Alexa support to complement the Google Assistant, which is included immediately.
The LG models that will receive this update in mid-2019 are as follows:
- LG OLED (2019)
- LG NanoCell SM9X series (2019)
- LG NanoCell SM8X series (2019)
- LG UHD UM7X series (2019)
We’re still waiting for other brands to announce a date for this release, but we think it will be influenced by iOS updates and when both Macs and iOS devices are ready for this compatibility.
Leave us in the comment box what you think of these new televisions. Do you see any use in the day-to-day life of these AirPlay 2 connected televisions?