LG has confirmed it will start rolling out AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to their 2019 LG smart televisions on Thursday. The South Korean electronics firm had indicated earlier in the week that it would soon begin sending out the update.
The Apple features will be available through a firmware update for 2019 LG OLED TVs, NanoCell TVs and UHD TVs with ThinQ AI capability. Users will need to be running iOS 12.4 on their iPhone or iPad in order to take advantage of the new features.
After the update is in place, users will be able to beam content – including video, music, and photos – from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac to their LG TV, just like it already does when using an Apple TV.
The update’s HomeKit support will allow users to control their television using Siri voice commands or via the Home app on their Mac, iPhone, ior iPad. Siri commands will allow users to play specific shows or movies via AirPlay to the LG smart set.
LG announced during CES 2019 that their 2019 televisions would offer support for AirPlay 2. Samsung, Sony, and Vizio also announced support for their lineups, some support will even be added to previous years’ models.
The compatible LG models include the following:
- LG OLED (2019)
- LG NanoCell SM9X series (2019)
- LG NanoCell SM8X series (2019)
- LG UHD UM7X series (2019)
“LG remains at the forefront of TV technological innovation because of our never-ending quest to deliver the best home viewing experience,” said Brian Kwon, president LG Mobile Communications and Home Entertainment companies. “With Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support, we are demonstrating our commitment to offering consumer benefits that go beyond just best-in-class picture quality.”
The update will begin rolling out in more than 140 countries starting this week, with the update continuing over the weeks to follow.