Earlier this year, Apple announced that a variety of third-party Smart TVs would include support for AirPlay 2 and / or HomeKit still in 2019; Among them, some of the leading manufacturers have begun offering upgrades for their devices, such as Samsung and Visio.
Now the South Korean LG also confirmed that support for both Ma features reaching their latest TVs would likely next week.
This means LG TVs can be integrated directly into the Home app (Home) and with others gadgets and Apple services like HomePod and Siri. According to the LG window, it is likely that support will begin to be distributed to TVs as early as Monday (29/7).
Unlike Samsung and Vizio, LG said that only its 2019 TVs will support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, so older models will actually be left off the list. Check out the following compatible models:
- LG OLED (2019)
- LG NanoCell SM9X Series (2019)
- LG NanoCell SM8X Series (2019)
- LG UHD UM7X Series (2019)
Although the announcement sounds official, LG has not commented / confirmed the date released by the Australian support account. It is noteworthy that users of iPhones and iPads must upgrade their devices to iOS 12.4 to access compatible features.
Update 7/24/2019 11:37 AM
Today, LG issued a note in which it said that releasing a firmware update starting tomorrow (25/7) for the above TVs, thus supporting AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.
Although it does not say in which countries support will be offered, the company has confirmed availability of Apple resources in more than 140 regions this week, with expansion into even more places nearby.
Update II by Rafael Fischmann 7/24/2019 7:24 PM
Earlier today, the site Screen Times raised hopes of 2017 and 2018 LG model owners with AI ThinQ also receiving a manufacturer update enabling support for AirPlay 2 and / or HomeKit.
Unfortunately, LG contacted the 9to5Mac and denied that possibility at least for now. Therefore, information is kept that only 2019 TVs will be updated.