Update: The roll-out begins on July 25.
Earlier this year, LG released its first 2019 TVs that would eventually gain support for HomeKit and AirPlay 2. Now, the TV maker says that updates will soon start to roll out that add support for those features.
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In a tweet, LG’s Australian support account says that HomeKit and AirPlay 2 updates will start rolling out to users in one week. This means that users could start seeing support as early as next Monday. The support account notes that users will be required to be running iOS 12.4 in order to take advantage of these features.
Somewhat controversially, LG has said that only its 2019 TVs will support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, with the company not making updates available for older models. This means the cheapest option from LG is the 55-inch C9, which is available for just under $1,800.
With AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support, TVs can integrate directly into the Home app on iOS and with things like HomePod for multi-room experiences.
LG was among the first TV manufacturers to announce support for AirPlay 2 – but Samsung has already started rolling out AirPlay 2 updates. Vizio is also in the process of beta testing AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support, which could be a more affordable option for some people. Unlike Samsung, Vizio is making AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support available to all SmartCast-enabled TVs since 2016.
As always, launch information from support accounts on Twitter should be treated with some skepticism. We’ve reached out to LG for official confirmation and will update when we hear back.
Homekit is releasing in 1 week. Users require iOS 12.4 update to do Airplay2.
— LG Australia (@LG_Australia) July 23, 2019
- LG releasing first 2019 OLED TVs gaining HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support next month
- Petition calls on LG to extend AirPlay 2/HomeKit support to 2018 premium TV models
- Apple TV app and AirPlay 2 debut on Samsung Smart TVs alongside iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 release
- Vizio officially starts inviting users to AirPlay 2 and HomeKit beta, here’s how to join
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