Amazon now produces its own TVs, and today marks the launch of the company’s Fire Omni and 4-Series TVs. As 4K HDR sets begin to reach customers, Amazon is making another last-minute announcement: it plans to “soon” add support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit features.
AirPlay 2 makes it easy to play content on the TV screen from an iPhone, iPad or Mac. And the HomeKit integration will allow Omni and 4 Series TVs to be controlled by Siri or the Home app; it also facilitates their inclusion in smart home routines.
Amazon has already launched AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on some of its “Fire TV Edition” TVs from Toshiba and Insignia. Interestingly, these features have not yet reached the company’s independent Fire TV streaming devices, including the recently launched Fire TV Stick 4K Max. I’m not sure if it’s a deliberate choice, but it’s a little strange that Amazon is ready to announce support on the first day for its brand new TVs, with nothing to share about AirPlay 2 on its cheaper devices. (Roku supports AirPlay 2 on both its players and Roku TVs.)
The Omni Fire TV series offer the best picture quality of the two lines and come with built-in remote field microphones for hands-free Alexa voice commands. The 65-inch and 75-inch models support Dolby Vision HDR, although there are sizes smaller than 43, 50 and 55 inches available with HDR10.
Stay up to date with our impressions of Amazon’s first self-branded 4K TVs in the coming days.