At the Las Vegas CES, Apple was more present than we thought. In addition to the poster they put up related to Apple’s privacy policies, we saw how many brands presented smart televisions that integrated AirPlay 2 technology. This will allow users to treat the television as just another home automation accessory in the Home application. Remember that the full list of televisions compatible with this technology can be found here.
The first beta of iOS 12.2 incorporated the basis for developers to continue working on the integration of these televisions with HomeKit. The developer Khaos Tian wanted to simulate this integration with a television showing us various images and videos of how we can control our television from the iPhone in a very simple way.
Although there is no Smart TV on the market yet that is compatible with AirPlay 2, this developer was able to add a TV to the Home application on his iPhone. Here we could see the new interface available to control the TV as well as the menus to select the video input.
As you can see in the previous images, collected by 9to5mac, we can change the name of the video inputs. That is we will have the possibility to rename for example the cable ‘HDMI 1’ for ‘PlayStation’. With this we don’t have to worry about remembering that we are connected to each cable.
As far as Siri is concerned, she is still quite limited in this respect. Obviously, as the Smart TVs are compatible with AirPlay 2 you can control it with Siri, to be able to play a specific content, turn the volume up or down… At the moment we can only turn the TV on or off through Siri commands, but it is expected that in the future we will be able to use commands like ‘Hey Siri activates the PlayStation input on the TV’.
Although the Smart TV with AirPlay 2 support will arrive in a few months the developer was able to connect his LG television through webOS, and thus be able to control this television with his iPhone without any problem as you can see here.
Finally it has been confirmed in this beta that we have the possibility of creating customized scenes with our intelligent television. This means that we can configure that when we want to watch a movie on Netflix at night, with a simple voice command the TV will be turned on, the lights will be dimmed and the corresponding video input will be enabled.
For us this is a huge step in the Apple ecosystem and obviously we will also see it on Apple TVs, not only on third party smart TVs.
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