Today, LG announced the first 2019 LG OLED TV models with AI ThinQ, including the rest of LG’s 2019 lineup, will be receiving HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support starting in April. Here’s everything we know so far.
First announced at CES 2019, Apple HomeKit and AirPlay 2 supported TVs from companies like LG, Vizio, Sony, and Samsung, are slated for release later this year. As far as the other companies, none have announced specific release dates except for LG.
With LG, the screens range in size from 55 inches to 77 inches. With HomeKit support, consumers will be able to use Siri voice commands or the Home app on the iPhone, iPad, or Mac. You will be able to control your HomeKit devices straight from your television.
With AirPlay 2, the television will behave as an Apple TV, allowing users to beam photos, videos, and music to the TV set via their iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
According to LG, all 2019 LG OLED, NanoCell SM9X, NanoCell SM8X, and UHD UM7X will work with HomeKit and AirPlay with a future update. LG stated they expect a mid-year update. You can read more about HomeKit supported TVs on Apple’s website here.
The cheapest 55-inch class, 2019 LG OLED C9 TV with ThinQ will cost $2,499. The most expensive being the W9 Wallpaper TV at $12,999.
I do not believe these TVs with “Apple TV-like” features will render Apple TV useless due to the fact of their higher cost than the streaming box. What are your thoughts? Let me know below.