AirPlay is a great addition to Apple iOS, allowing you to share your videos, photos, and even more from your Apple devices to Apple TV. This means that you can enjoy your favorite music tracks or watch your favorite shows on your Apple TV with some simple taps and clicks. AirPlay works smoothly with Apple devices out there ranging from iPhone and iPad to HomePod and Macs.
Last year, Apple announced a new iOS update that added the HomePod support to AirPlay 2. This means that you now can stream your music to your smart speaker and use it as the audio output. Apple has been trying to expand AirPlay to more devices out there. Last week, Samsung confirmed that AirPlay 2 feature will come to its TVs on the market. In reality, Apple has been working on improving AirPlay for months so it is fully compatible with Samsung TVs.
LG today announced that its TVs will support AirPlay 2 and Apple HomeKit. This means that users will be able to stream their content from iOS devices or Macs to TVs. The coolest part is that users can ask Siri to play their favorite shows. However, LG has not specified when it will rollout out the support. Earlier this week, Vizio announced that it would support Apple AirPlay 2 in the future. Sources say that Apple has been in talks with TV makers out there so they support AirPlay 2. SmartCast-enabled TVs will also get AirPlay 2, but it remains unknown when we are seeing it. However, sources say that AirPlay 2 will come to SmartCast TVs in the second quarter of the year.
Apple is expected to announce a cheaper HomePod this year. The current HomePod stands out on the market despite its limited availability. Apple is expected to bring its smart speaker to more markets this year. Besides, the cheaper HomePod will mainly target emerging markets like India or Brazil. However, it will lack some premium features to achieve a lower price tag.
When it comes to new iPhones, there are a lot of contradictory rumors out there. The 2019 iPhone lineup will feature OLED displays, wireless charging, and design changes. Apple is expected to announce new iPhones in September 2019.
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