If you bought a 2019 model LG TV recently, there’s a forthcoming update that may be of interest. Especially if you’ve been trying to use Apple Airplay 2 or HomeKit on the unit. The South Korean manufacturer confirms that starting from tomorrow (25th July), both Apple solutions will be supported by a handful of the company’s new offerings.
This may seem like a fairly mundane bit of news, but ever since Apple announced Airplay 2, TV manufacturers have been scrambling to get their device ready to support it, with LG now claiming that it’s the first global firm to do so.
Up until now Samsung was the only manufacturer to have access to Apple’s new TV app, but the Airplay 2 functionality was built in, so technically LG is the first to receive an update to support it.
Technicalities aside the update means owners of an iPhone, iPad or Mac can beam content straight to their LG TV, with the Apple TV app also working as a potential streaming solution. As for the HomeKit, it will allow users to control any of the compatible smart devices in their home via the Home app or Siri on their Apple mobile device.
“LG remains at the forefront of TV technological innovation because of our never-ending quest to deliver the best home viewing experience,” boasted Brian Kwon, president of LG Mobile Communications and Home Entertainment, “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 is said to be rolling out to 140 countries, starting this week, but LG has not provided a list, so South Africa remains unconfirmed at the time of writing. Being a major market for the company though, we’d have to assume the update is on its way.
Based on Apple’s list, the following LG TV lineups will be receiving the update initially:
- LG OLED
- LG NanoCell SM9X series
- LG NanoCell SM8X series
- LG UHD UM7X series.