AirPlay 2 may be coming to LG’s 2018 smart TVs as early as October

Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio are all adding AirPlay 2 to their new smart TVs, and many have pledged the same support for older models, too. LG originally said it would only update its 2019 models with Apple’s wireless audio and video technology and HomeKit smart home platform, but now we’ve received confirmation that it will be including its 2018 models in the AirPlay 2 party.

When will that update happen? Well, that’s a little harder to determine. An LG Canada support article briefly mentioned October 2020 as the timing for it to happen, but it was then quickly edited to remove this info.

LG has said that this timing may change but it opted not to provide a more accurate timeframe, according to FlatPanelsHD. Digital Trends has reached out to LG for more information, and we’ll update this post once we hear back.

While AirPlay 2 brought support for multiroom audio via the Apple Home app, iOS and MacOS users will also get the benefit of being able to throw their favorite videos, photos, and music to compatible TVs, as well as the ability to mirror their Apple phones and tablets. To use Apple’s parlance, it will just work. Thanks to an open API, we’ll also start to see more third-party apps supporting the wireless audio and video standard — the popular VLC video player app is even slated to get AirPlay 2 functionality later this year.

Here are all of the TVs confirmed by Apple to be getting AirPlay 2 as it continues to roll out:

LG Samsung  Sony  Vizio
LG OLED (2020, 2019) Samsung QLED 8K and 4K Series (2019, 2018) Sony Z8H Series (2020) Vizio P-Series Quantum X (2019)
LG NanoCell NANO 9, 8 series (2020) Samsung 8 Series (2019, 2018) Sony A9S Series (2020) Vizio P-Series and P-Series Quantum (2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016)
LG UHD UN 8 series (2020) Samsung 7 Series (2019, 2018) Sony A8H Series (2020) Vizio M-Series and new M-Series Quantum (2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016)
LG UHD UN 71 series or above (2020) Samsung 6 Series (2019, 2018) Sony X95H Series (2020) Vizio E-Series (2018, 2017, and 2016 UHD models)
LG NanoCell SM9X series (2019) Samsung 5 Series (2018) Sony X90H Series (2020) Vizio V-Series (2019)
LG NanoCell SM8X series (2019) Samsung 4 Series (2018) Sony X85H Series (2020) Vizio D-series  (2018)
LG UHD UM7X series (2019) Samsung The Frame Series (2018, 2019) Sony X80H Series (2020)
Samsung The Serif Series (2019) Sony Z9G Series (2019)
Sony A9G Series (2019)
Sony X950G Series (2019)
Sony X850G Series (2019 85-inch, 75-inch, 65-inch, and 55-inch models)
Sony Z9F Series (2018)
Sony A9F Series (2018)

Keen observers will note the absence of TCL, Sharp, Hisense, and others from this list. We’re also somewhat surprised that LG’s 2018 and 2017 models remain unsupported, especially since these TVs are already Miracast-enabled.

These TVs are not the only way to enjoy AirPlay 2 — or Apple TV — without an actual Apple TV set-top box. Roku devices are getting both of these services, and Amazon’s Fire TV devices will be getting Apple TV (and possibly AirPlay 2, though this has not been confirmed yet).

As Apple starts to expand the AirPlay 2 universe of devices, it might evolve beyond its current life as a video and audio transport mechanism to become the Trojan horse that lets Apple add HomeKit support to millions of new devices.

We’ll be updating this post as more devices are added, so be sure to bookmark it and check back regularly.

Updated on April 3, 2020: Added the announcement of AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on 2018 LG TVs.

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