LG will roll out an update to its 2019 AI TV lineup that will bring Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit starting July 25 These Apple features will be available through a firmware update for 2019 LG OLED TVs, NanoCell TVs and UHD TVs with ThinQ AI capability. However, despite intense criticism, this update will not support 2016, 2017 or 2018 models.
With AirPlay 2, LG 2019 AI TV owners can stream content from iPhone, iPad and Mac straight to their TV sets. Users can stream their favorite movies and television shows from the Apple TV app and other video apps and view photos directly on their LG AI TVs.
HomeKit enables users to control their smart home with the Home app or via Siri on their Apple devices. LG users will get the ability to control TV functions such as power, volume and source. They can also add LG TV’s into scenes or automations along with other HomeKit accessories.
While this is great news for 2019 owners, its not great news for previous generation owners. Since LG announced HomeKit and AirPlay 2 was coming at CES 2019, they have received a criticism for its lack of support for previous years models.
Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will begin rolling out to owners of LG OLED and NanoCell TVs in more than 140 countries starting 25th July 2019, with the update continuing over the weeks to follow.