Apple hones its focus on services with new TV deals for AirPlay 2, HomeKit

Cupertino, September 16, 2019

by Ronald Lewis

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Apple's AirPlay 2 comes to more TV models. Vizio and LG have announced plans to deploy support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. These moves will provide more households with the ability to wirelessly stream entertainment from Apple devices via AirPlay 2, as well as additional home and voice controls connected to HomeKit.

LG is these updates on its new TV models. The company has begun a software update to allow AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to select TV models starting this year. Certain 2019 models of LG OLED and NanoCell 4K UHD TVs from LG featuring the ThinQ AI feature in the US will be the first to receive this update. The rest of LG's 2019 4K UHD television collection will receive updates later this year.

Vizio is a more global approach. It will extend AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to SmartCast TV models starting in 2016. The company noted that the overall deployment would take several months.

LG and Vizio join a few other TV manufacturers with Apple integrations. Samsung support for AirPlay 2 in early 2019. Sony also integrates AirPlay 2 and HomeKit into some of its TVs.

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This is the last sign that shows that Apple is seriously trying not to be just a hardware company, but also a service-oriented company. The activity "earlier this week (in which iPhone sales declined and services recorded record sales) indicates how the technology giant is changing its priorities.

A wider availability of AirPlay 2 may not favor sales of the Apple TV decoder. But that means more people will enjoy Apple Music, Apple podcasts and upcoming services on the device or devices of their choice.

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