Samsung is not the only one to offer AirPlay 2 integration with its latest Smart TVs. Apple’s updated AirPlay 2 page points to all leading TV manufacturers offering AirPlay 2 integration in their TVs.
With AirPlay 2 integration, iOS and Mac users will be able to directly play content on their Smart TV without requiring an Apple TV. So, you can easily stream Netflix on your AirPlay 2 compatible Smart TV without the need for an Apple TV. Even better, users can stream music on their AirPlay 2 compatible TV and then sync it with compatible AirPlay speakers in their home.
The page only says that more AirPlay 2-enabled TVs are “coming soon.” We are likely going to see such TVs launch throughout the year across varying price points.
AirPlay 2 integration will mean these TVs will show up in the Home app on iOS as a HomeKit-compatible device. Plus, one can also use Siri to playback content on these TVs. Users will also be able to control the volume and content playback right from the Control Center on their iPhone or iPad.
It is great to see Apple opening up AirPlay for third-party TV OEMs. This integration opens up the door to a world of possibilities and will even make it easier for users to playback content from Apple’s upcoming rumored streaming service on the big screen. Google did something similar with its Cast protocol which has now become commonplace in Smart TVs.