LG’s 2018 MicroLED Smart TVs Getting Support for Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit

LG’s 2018 MicroLED Smart TVs Getting Support for Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit

LG is rolling out a software update that adds Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support for some 2018 smart TV models, as per a report. LG had announced the availability of the Apple TV app on its 2018-OLED and Super UHD TVs in September, and said that AirPlay 2 and HomeKit will be rolled out soon. AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support appear to be rolling out now to some 2018 smart TV models in a phased manner, according to the report.

The new TV will be officially called the LG QNED Mini LED TV, and I'm sure it will leave many customers scratching their heads. Samsung is also expected to bring mini LED backlighting to its LCD panel in 2021. We know that Samsung is likely to announce its consumer minelead TVs at CES next week as well (MicroLED is probably set to be a bit far). In the coming year, starting with CES 2021, you will see that LG has launched several QNED TVs in an 86-inch diagonal with 4K and 8K panels and 120Hz refresh rates.

Gadgets 360 received the feature with software version 05.30.02, which rolled out overnight with automatic updates enabled on the LG TV. Users who have disabled the option would need to start it manually. This update appears to be coming to users around the world, as per a report by MacRumors. Multiple users have confirmed that LG's latest software update has support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. LG had announced in September that its 2018-smart TV lineup will receive support for the same within this year.

Currently, most LCD televisions use LED lighting to light the display from behind.

To address this, Mini LED technology uses smaller LED lights, and many more of them, to offer more precise control over which areas of a TV screen are illuminated and which are plunged into darkness. Thanks to Mini LED tech, the TVs will have nearly 30,000 tiny LEDs for backlighting, which means better contrast and deeper blacks. In the case of LG’s QNED implementation a screen will have nearly 30,000 LEDs providing peak contrast ratio of up to 1,000,000:1, working in tandem with up to 2,400 dimming zones and advanced dimming zones. LG has made this possible by creating a new backlight, which “comprises up to nearly 30,000 tiny LEDs that produce incredible peak brightness and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 when paired with up to 2,500 dimming zones and advanced local dimming zones”.

It isn't clear which LG TV models are eligible for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support. LG claims to be the first global TV manufacturer to support HomeKit on its TVs. While a lot of TVs support Google Cast for screen casting from Android smartphones via the Chrome browser, limited models offer support for Apple's AirPlay.