Can I control my TV with Apple’s HomeKit app on my iPhone or iPad?
The answer is Yes Television manufacturers are starting to release models that support Apple HomeKit. As long as your phone or iPad is on iOS version 12.3 or newer and your TV is a model that supports Homekit then you can set it up to be controlled inside the Apple Home App.
Which TV models will support HomeKit?
As listed above Sony, LG and Vizio will all support HomeKit as well as AirPlay 2.
Sony is only bringing HomeKit to new televisions late 2019 and newer. LG will be adding HomeKit to several models but only 2019 TV’s will be supported. Vizio on the other hand is bringing HomeKit support to a significant number of its older TV’s. Here is the list of supported TV’s from Apple’s website. Vizio has also confirmed that all 4K tv’s from 2016 will get HomeKit and AirPlay 2 support as well.
- Vizio P-Series Quantum (2019 and 2018)
- Vizio P-Series (2019, 2018 and 2017)
- Vizio M-Series (2019, 2018 and 2017)
- Vizio E-Series (2019, 2018 and 2017)
- Vizio D-series (2019, 2018 and 2017)
What can I do with HomeKit on my TV?
When you connect your TV to HomeKit you get you TV as a device inside the Home App, as well as the Remote App. This also gives you Siri functionality with your TV.
In the Home app you get the following functionality.
- The ability to turn off/on the TV
- The ability to select which input the TV is on.
In the the Remote App you get a d-pad, play/pause button, back button and info button.
What is the difference between HomeKit and AirPlay 2?
Homekit is how you control the device through the Home app on your iOS device. This gives you the ability to turn on and off, change inputs on the TV and change some other settings.
AirPlay on the other hand is for playing content. AirPlay is equivalent to ChromeCast that google offers. You can play content over AirPlay to an AirPlay compatible device either a TV or speaker system.
Using AirPlay you can mirror your entire iPhone or iPad onto your television using a TV that supports AirPlay or the Apple TV. You can also play video through apps like Netflix and HBO. You can also play music through AirPlay from apps like Spotify or Apple music and you can even share photos or slideshows from your Phone.