LG TVs with AirPlay 2, HomeKit hit shelves next month

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LG OLED TVs released this year will be among the first to support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.
LG OLED TVs released this year will be among the first to support AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.
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The wait for LG’s first lineup of TVs with Apple tech built in is almost over. After unveiling them  in January, the Korean company said today that it will begin rolling out its big-screen models with AirPlay 2 and HomeKit in April.

These are apparently part of Apple’s move to broaden the availability of the video streaming service it’s expected to unveil in a couple of weeks.

“LG OLED TVs this year will support Apple AirPlay 2 and Apple HomeKit for easy streaming of video and audio content and connectivity to Apple’s smart home products,” promises the company.

Several rival companies have also announced TVs with AirPlay 2, including Samsung, Sony and Vizio.  This feature that allows iOS and macOS devices to stream video to a larger screen could also be coming to Roku devices.

A range of LG options with Apple tech

The company will start its rollout next month with E9 as well as C9 models. As these will be OLED not simply LED, these will hardly entry-level TVs.  Prices will start at $2499.00 for the 55-inch C9, a 65-inch version will be $3299.99 and a 72-inch will set you back $6999.99. The E9 with a 65-inch screen will be $3299.99 with the 54-inch version coming in at $4299.99.

Additional models and screen sizes will follow in May and June, with other LG OLED models being announced later in the year.

Long-time smartphone users might be interested to know that all these TVs run webOS, which was first created for the Palm Pre like of phones.