Yesterday, of course, Samsung informed us that its models of Smart TVs of this year will be able to access contents of iTunes Store and gain support for AirPlay 2. Despite the good news, many people must have wondered if this novelty would also reach televisions of other brands. And the answer: Yes, soon.
Following Samsung's announcement, Apple updated its AirPlay page with additional information on how this feature will be implemented in smart TVs, describing that "the major TV manufacturers" will include support for AirPlay 2 on their devices, which means that this initiative is not exclusive to Samsung.
Major TV manufacturers are integrating AirPlay 2 directly into their TVs, so now you can effortlessly share or mirror almost anything from your iOS or Mac device directly to your AirPlay 2 enabled Smart TV. You can even play music on TV and sync it with other AirPlay 2 compatible speakers anywhere in your home.
Ma did not disclose, however, what these possible new partners will be or a timetable for when this feature will reach TVs of other brands. As we reported, AirPlay 2 support by Samsung will be offered natively on 2019 TVs and in a firmware update, which will be released in March, for 2018 models.
On the same page, Apple also added other HomeKit news related to support for Smart TVs, including the ability to use the Crab to send videos to your TV. How the new feature works in conjunction with the API for managing gadgets Smart (also known as the Home app) from Ma, you can specify the room or device on which the video will be played.
In this sense, Apple said that users will be able to ask Siri to ?reproduce game of Thrones in the living room ?, and AirPlay 2 will do the job of turning on the TV (if not already) and reproducing the requested content. For now, Ma informed that it will be possible to transmit only video content, which leaves us rooting for an even greater integration, perhaps even involving Apple Music.
In the same way that it is possible to control the content transmitted via AirPlay (such as pause / play, fast forward and rewind) from iOS devices, Apple has confirmed that the integration with Smart TVs will also be controlled like this, including the option to adjust the volume of the TV itself and other ?smart controls?, as seen in the image above.
Definitely, Ma is setting the stage for its platform streaming of videos and for even more future news. We'll see what the next announcements and news will be in this busy week of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019.