LG AirPlay 2 And HomeKit-Compatible TVs Price And Release Date Announced
After initially announcing back in January that it would offer new TVs with HomeKit and AirPlay 2, LG has popped back over the parapet with information pertaining to its 2019 TV models which will eventually gain support for both Apple technologies.
Some TV manufacturers took the moral high-ground and actually announced that they would bring support for Apple integration to their existing 2018 models.
LG, on the other hand, decided that the high-ground was definitely not somewhere they wanted to be operating, choosing instead to announce that this type of technology integration would be supported from 2019 onward. We now have additional details on those integrations and the relevant supported LG models.
The company has announced that three series of its 2019 TVs will offer this support: it’s C9, E9, and W9 ranges. All of those sets are OLED-based and all come with at least two screen sizes to choose from.
The C9 range will offer 55-inch, 65-inch, and 77-inch options with prices starting at $2,499 and rising to $6,999 for the huge 77-inch option. The E9 range will comprise of two models; a 55-inch option selling for $3,299 and a 65-inch option which will sell for $4,299.
The W9 range is classed as LGs “signature” OLED TV and will have prices to match. The 65-inch option will sell for $6,999 and consumers will be able to pick up the gorgeous 77-inch option for an eye-watering $12,999. The release of all of the aforementioned models will be staggered from April 2019 with all models being out in the marketplace by the close of Q2.
It’s definitely good news that the models have been announced but, as you might expect, there is a caveat in place. The models shipping first likely will not have AirPlay 2 or HomeKit supported built-in from day one. LG will be looking to bring this functionality to the sets via a software update later in the year. All of the models mentioned will also ship with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support, with LG specifying that the models will exhibit an “outstanding HDR experience” thanks to the inclusion of Dolby Vision and “realistic, dimensional audio” thanks to Dolby Atmos.
It’s not going to happen anytime soon but we definitely have our eyes on that 77-inch W9 signature offering.