LG Finally Releases AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Support for 2018 Smart TVs

Months after initially canceling plans to add the new features for older smart TVs, LG has finally released an update supporting AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on select 2018 smart TVs.

According to a new report from MacRumors, based on comments made from the publication’s readers, that update is finally coming out. At the time of publication there isn’t a detailed list of which smart TVs from LG’s 2018 roster are getting the update. However, back in April, LG confirmed that smart TVs with “SK” and “UK” in the name would be getting the update before the end of 2020.

LG previously said the update to support both AirPlay 2 and HomeKit would arrive for select 2018 smart TVs at some point in the future. However, by September, LG had changed its mind, saying it could not “guarantee” a solid user experience with the apps for the older smart TVs. As a result, it had essentially scrapped the plans to bring support at all.

But, those plans obviously changed. Owners of the TV sets did petition LG to change its mind, so it looks like that could have had an impact on the company’s decision.

Apple AirPlay 2 offers wireless streaming of content from Apple devices including iPhone, iPad or Mac. It enables you to stream a wide range of content from your phone to your Apple TV, an audio device like a compatible Sonos speaker and now, compatible televisions. This latest version of AirPlay also ushers in multi-room compatibility for the HomePod.

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