he big news out of CES 2019 was that Apple’s AirPlay 2 protocol was coming to, well, pretty much all the TVs. Samsung, the world’s largest manufacturer of smart TVs, was first out the gate. But Vizio wasn’t far behind in announcing its support.
And now you can sign up to take part in a beta trial of the upcoming update.
The full SmartCast 3.0 update is coming sometime in the next five months — second-quarter is the official word. It’ll include an update to the TVs themselves, as well as an update to the SmartCast app.
From Vizio’s blog post:
We are proud to share that the latest iteration of our smart TV experience, VIZIO SmartCast 3.0, will offer support for Apple AirPlay 2, VIZIO SmartCast users can effortlessly play videos, music, photos and more directly from their iPhone, iPad and Mac to SmartCast TVs. HomeKit, Apple’s secure smart home platform, will also be supported, enabling users to easily control their SmartCast TVs using the Home app or by asking Siri. Support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on VIZIO SmartCast TVs will be available for registered beta members across the U.S. and Canada to experience in Q1 2019.
AirPlay 2, as our cousins at iMore deftly explain, “is Apple’s proprietary wireless streaming protocol that lets you instantly share audio or video between your iPhone, iPad, or Mac and an Apple TV or another AirPlay-enabled device.” Think Apple’s version of the Chromecast protocol, basically. (Only a little less openy.)
Vizio TVs also will be gaining support for HomeKit.
VIZIO SmartCast TVs can be added to the Home app and included in scenes or automations like any other HomeKit accessory. Customers can also use iPhone and iPad to turn their SmartCast TV on or off from the Home app, change volume and switch inputs, and ask Siri from iPhone and iPad to play movies, TV shows or music with AirPlay 2.
To get in on the beta testing, head over the Vizio.com/apple, scroll (way) down and feed ’em your email address.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra's Space Zoom camera is amazing and a bit creepy
The Galaxy S20 Ultra supports up to 100X zoom, which Samsung calls Space Zoom, but is it any good? Can a phone really product usable photos at 100x zoom? We've got our Galaxy S20 Ultra already so join us to find out!
Win an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch with the Reader's Choice giveaway!
What's the best phone of 2019? Is it the iPhone 11 Pro, Pixel 4 or OnePlus 7T? What about the best laptop, games console, tablet and more? Vote NOW in the Reader's Choice awards and win BIG in time for the holidays!
Here are the best products from IFA 2019!
Here are the products announced at IFA 2019 that were worthy of our Best of IFA 2019 awards. Also featuring MrMobile's single best product at the show!
Keep your dirty clothes seperate with the best laundry baskets.
Keeping ahead of the piles of laundry is every adult's trial and tribulation. Make it a little easier with our favorite laundry baskets.