Apple Updates AirPlay 2 Page with Upcoming TV Features Including Siri Control

09 January, 2019, 00:30 | Author: Shawn Conner
  • iTunes and AirPlay 2 Coming to Samsung Smart TVs

Apple and Samsung have reached a landmark deal that will make iTunes movies and TV shows available via Samsung TVs from later this year.

The service is expected to launch in the U.S. in the next few months, expanding rapidly to more than 100 countries, according to the tech news site The Information. That means that people will be able to watch TV and movie content that has been purchased or rented from iTunes and, presumably, they will also get access to whatever Apple's new streaming content service turns out to be.

The new "iTunes Movies and TV Shows" Smart TV application will be available on all new 2019 TV models from Samsung beginning this spring, as well as seeing support for 2018 models via firmware updates.

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. Likewise, the Q900 includes Samsung's new AI Remote with Bixby for voice control, along with Amazon Echo and Google Home compatibility. Soon, customers who owns select Samsung smart TVs will be able to access iTunes movie and TV content. AirPlay 2 support will let iPhone and iPad owners send content from their screens to the TVs, too.

The 2019 iPhone XI imagined in renders, even though it's only January
Of course, the company could also launch multiple versions of the new iPhone as it did this year with three independent models. But the first one this year is a promising one as it gives a clear look at the triple rear camera setup in the iPhone XI.

Samsung's new display tech joins the company's new monitors lineup aimed at workplaces and gaming enthusiasts. Indeed, it didn't take long before Vizio officially announced its own adoption plans for the feature, with its SmartCast-enabled TVs getting the feature at some point in the near future.

Although no Apple deals with rival streaming set-top device makers like Amazon or Roku have surfaced yet, there are signs it could happen. Individuals screens could be combined to create massive displays, which the company calls The Wall TV. A year earlier, Apple finally allowed the Prime Video app on Apple TV.

Last week, after Apple shocked investors by saying iPhone sales missed expectations for the holiday quarter, it pointed to record services revenue of US$10.8 billion for the quarter.

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