LG’s newest Smart TVs will start getting AirPlay this week

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Users will start seeing the update on July 25.
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LG will start bringing AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to its newest Smart TV sets this week.

2019 models will play nicely with iPhone, iPad, and Mac after the update. You will be able to stream content straight from your Apple devices, and control your set in the Home app on iOS.

Apple started opening up its AirPlay 2 platform early this year. Samsung and Vizio were first to start rolling out support to existing TV sets — and now LG is catching up.

The South Korean company today confirmed its big update will start arriving on Thursday, July 25. LG says its TVs will be the first to support HomeKit.

AirPlay and HomeKit make LG TVs even smarter

2019 OLED, NanoCell, and Ultra HD televisions with ThinQ AI functionality will get the update first. And it will make those sets even greater for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users.

With AirPlay 2 support, you’ll be able to stream music and video from your Apple device directly to your LG set. You won’t need any third-party apps or an Apple TV box.

With HomeKit, you’ll be able to control your LG TV using the Home app and Siri commands on iOS. Basic TV functions like power, volume, and source selection are all supported.

‘Beyond just best-in-class picture quality’

“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 of LG 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.”

More than 140 countries will be supported by LG’s update, but not everyone will see the update on Thursday. LG expects to complete the rollout within a few weeks.