CES 2019: Vizio is Adding AirPlay 2 Support to SmartCast-Enabled TVs

Vizio has made a name for itself by offering up premium-experience smart TVs without charging a ridiculous amount of money for the baked-in features.

Update: Vizio has confirmed that it will also be bringing the SmartCast 3.0 update to 2016 4K smart TVs as well:

The update will hopefully roll out at the same time as the other models.

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And while that has led the company to become one of the more popular TV options out there, Vizio may look even better to households embedded in the Apple ecosystem. Following on the heels of Samsung announcing AirPlay 2 support for its smart TV lineup, and the subsequent confirmation that other leading TV manufacturers would be doing the same, Vizio has announced that its own SmartCast-enabled TVs will be getting upgraded to support AirPlay 2 as well.

The company says that a software update will arrive sometime in the second quarter of 2019. This will bring the SmartCast 3.0 platform to these TVs, which will enable AirPlay 2 support. That means the TV can be used as a receiver for AirPlay content, like streaming music. It also means the Vizio-branded smart TV can be used as a smart home hub, thanks to HomeKit support. They will also be able to mirror content from a Mac or iOS device as well.

Vizio is also announcing a new lineup of TVs for those that will be in the market soon. There is the most expensive option, the P-Series Quantum X, or the slightly less expensive M-Series. And the company is also introducing its most affordable lineup of smart TVs to date in the V-Series.

These announcements are pretty huge. Apple is starting to open up to the idea of bringing in other companies that it can’t, or won’t, acquire, and simply giving more options to Apple device owners as a result. That’s a big move from a company like Apple. But it’s all good news for customers, because it just means even more availability to the ecosystem they are so invested in.

[via The Verge]