AirPlay 2 and HomeKit Support Coming to New LG Smart TVs

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  1. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    I disagree. The app is going on modern TV's. The older TV's will be relegated to an actual expensive-for-what-it-is ATV or a less expensive dongle-like device imo. Remember, Apple is reportedly trying to launch a monthly TV subscription service. A less expensive dongle allows for a possible wider audience than an ATV would provide. I'd bet Apple wants as many people as possible signing up for their service... whether they have new equipment or not... an ATV or not.
  2. Rob_2811 macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2016
    United Kingdom

    The more likely scenario in my opinion is that they write an Android App which could be supported on Fire Tv, Chromecast and Android TV and an app for Roku. Would be far easier than sourcing components and manufacturing a device specifically aimed at the low end. They already have developers maintaining Android Apps.

    A couple of things with the Apple TV dongle..

    In the case of the Fire Stick and Chromecast, Amazon and Google are practically selling those things at cost, there is no taking 30% + margins on those kind of devices, is Apple willing to do that?

    How would it fit in to their product line up? They would have an Apple TV device which costs similar to a lightning cable.

    Besides I think a streaming service is more likely to get traction if its available on the devices people already own, expecting people to go out and buy special hardware to stream it on is a stretch. Some will but most wont.
  3. 827538 macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    This is great, I've been holding off on buying a 65" LG OLED for a while now as I really wanted to wait for HDMI 2.1.

    Now I get both HDMI 2.1 and Airplay+Homekit.

    I hope for others they release updates for older LG TV's with this support.
  4. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    South Dakota, USA
    Maybe at the beginning when it was Steve's baby it wasn't, but by the end it sure was a hobby product.
  5. jumpman5678 macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2011
    You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about if you really think their OLEDs suck.
  6. jigzaw macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    Unless Apple begins allowing 4K/HDR content to stream via AirPlay, you're going to want that Apple TV anyway if you have movies on iTunes so that you you don't watch your stuff in 1080 on your beautiful new 4K TV.
  7. tjtennispro macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2017
    That’s not HomeKit. That’s patch work HomeKit but in an impressive advanced setup. I like IFTTT but most HomeKit users aren’t going going to be able to figure that out.

  8. Dekema2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    WNY or Utica
    For those of us that have 4K TVs that are only a year or two old... this is a classic case of usury.
  9. tennisproha macrumors 65816

    Jun 24, 2011
    I own an LG OLED. It does indeed suck.
  10. m11rphy, Jan 7, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2019

    m11rphy macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2009
  11. teobilly macrumors newbie


    Jun 7, 2011
    i wanna iTunes app on my lg c855 !! Any possibility ?
  12. m11rphy macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2009
    Only Samsung are getting the iTunes app, LG 2019 models with get AirPlay 2 and HomeKit
  13. teobilly macrumors newbie


    Jun 7, 2011
    In that case I need to buy and AtV 4K in order to see all the iTunes movies in 4K HDR
  14. dannys1 macrumors 68020


    Sep 19, 2007
    I think we should be kicking up a load fuss about this to them so they know they can't get away with it.
  15. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I guess but that's what I originally said. I've got it connected to HomeKit devices in one way or another. Never said it was for anyone, or that it works for all the functionality just said that I did it and it can control some HomeKit things.
  16. m11rphy, Jan 8, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2019

    m11rphy macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2009
  17. m11rphy macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2009
  18. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    Wondering this as well, I purchased 2x LG TV's last year.
  19. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    The alpha 9 is currently up there with the X1 Ultimate as the best TV processor. The dynamic tone mapping and upscaling are fantastic and it’s very noticeable in the speed of the internal apps. It also definitely has more than 2GB RAM since all of the movie images load up at once. There is no delay like on the older A8 Apple TV 4.

    So if HomeKit is not added it’s not because the alpha 9 isn’t capable but just to promote the 2019 9 series. LG obviously is not going to add iTunes/HomeKit before those hit the market so if they’re going to hook up us 2018 OLED owners it won’t be before April/May at the earliest.
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    There’s no way to know. There’s no technical reason that they can’t add iTunes/HomeKit to the alpha 9 OLEDs. We’ll have to wait until the 9 series hits the market since they’re not going to give us iTunes before the new TVs get it if they’re going to at all.

    If they do I’ll be very happy. If they don’t it’s not the end of the world. The 8 series are still some of the best TVs you can buy and not having iTunes built-in won’t change that.

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