Apple: Airplay 2, HomeKit coming to TVs from leading manufacturers

Apple: Airplay 2, HomeKit coming to TVs from leading manufacturers

"By adding support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, users can play content from their iPhone, iPad, and Mac directly to SmartCast TVs, and enable TV controls through the Home app and Siri", said Bill Baxter, Chief Technology Officer at Vizio.

Earlier today it was revealed that Samsung would bring AirPlay 2, iTunes Movies and TV Shows to its Smart TV range for 2018 and 2019. So if you've bought movies or TV shows from Apple's iTunes store, you will be able to watch those on Samsung TVs without connecting an Apple TV box.

AirPlay 2 will allow for Samsung TV owners to cast their photos, videos, music, podcasts, and other media from Apple devices directly to their TV.

It'll be interesting to see how this plays out, given that Samsung smart TVs run on the company's own Tizen OS and will likely require a new iTunes app to be built for the platform from scratch. The deal also signals that "peak iPhone" is very real and that Apple is looking for ways in which it can supplement its revenue in the face of a declining iPhone market.

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Apple's Airplay 2 is the preferred option for sharing content from an iPhone or iPad with other devices. The two companies also struck a deal that allows Amazon to sell Apple devices directly, in exchange for cracking down on unauthorized third-party sellers on the site.

Why it matters: As Apple continues to focus on services, eliminating unneeded barriers between platforms will help prevent end users from feeling stuck within a single ecosystem.

The introduction of AirPlay 2 support for smart TVs also comes amid rumours that Apple might unveil a low-priced Chromecast-style HDMI dongle for streaming video to televisions, rather than requiring a more expensive Apple TV set-top box. However, this is the first time that it will be possible with video services and TVs. With apps on our TVs, Apple gets an easy way to launch its new shows in all kinds of households. not just those who can afford its pricey phones and speaker.

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