UPDATE December 28, 2020 – It took a while, but LG is currently rolling out AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support on its 2018 televisions, delivering on its promise to come in 2020, but it does. in the nick of time.
Do you want to find out if you already have the update: it’s called 05.30.02. The update is currently not sent to everyone in one go, but in stages to televisions. This we can conclude from information on Reddit. It concerns televisions such as the W8, B8 and C8. It’s a bit late in the year, especially considering the fact that LG said it wasn’t going to do it at first, then it was. However, it is very positive that people with an LG from the year 2018 can now still use Apple possibilities. LG devices from 2019 already have the support of HomeKit and AirPlay 2.
ORIGINAL MESSAGE April 3, 2020 – Both features should appear on models before the end of the year.
LG’s original idea was to equip all televisions from 2019 and newer with Apple AirPlay 2 and Apple HomeKit, but that sparked quite a bit of criticism from consumers who bought a 2018 model quite recently. A petition was started by these consumers, which resulted in 20,000 signatures collected. Whether these signatures convinced LG is not clear, but the company has changed its position.
On the own website let LG know that all smart TVs from 2018 can expect an update around October of this year AirPlay 2 and HomeKit being added. These are the B8, C8, E8, W8 and Z8 OLED TV series, as well as all UK and SK series with LCD models.
AirPlay 2 makes it possible to use the television as part of a multi-room system, and you can also easily stream audio and video from your iOS or MacOS devices to your TV, without the need for an Apple TV. With HomeKit you get access to all connected smart home devices.