One of the more interesting revelations at CES 2019 is good news for Apple fans shopping for a new TV. Both Samsung and Vizio have announced plans to support AirPlay 2 on future Smart TV models. Apple has added details to its official AirPlay page, showing direct integration of AirPlay to upcoming TV sets.
IKEA plans to add Apple HomeKit capabilities to its line of smart lighting known as TRÅDFRI this summer. The firmware update will bring smart home technology within reach of even more people across the globe, thanks to the relatively affordable options IKEA provides. According to the press release, IKEA will soon make its $80 TRÅDFRI gateway kit compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa as well as Apple HomeKit.
Looking for a complete list of upcoming and available HomeKit accessories? Apple now tracks all of the certified HomeKit accessories on the market, which are stamped with the symbol "Works with Apple HomeKit". While Apple sells some HomeKit equipment itself, many items in the list are only available through other companies or retailers.
Apple's Home app, which debuted with iOS 9, allows you to control all of your HomeKit accessories such as audio systems, lighting, thermostats and security systems among others, from your iPhone or iPad. Before you start installing and adding accessories, you'll want to set up your home on the app first. After opening the app for the first time and going through the brief "Let's get started" intro, you will end up with the default "My Home." You can edit the name and change your wallpaper, add a new home and invite others who you want to grant control to. Here's how:
Apple Watch owners running watchOS 3 or later can use the Home app to control HomeKit devices around the house.
The Home app for Apple Watch is similar to the iOS version, with a carousel view of connected accessories and scenes. Most controls are simplified on the watch, but you can ask Siri to perform more advanced functions.