Announced alongside the slew of new services from Apple yesterday was the release of iOS 12.2 and macOS Mojave 10.14.4. These releases were touted as introducing more mainstream features, such as new animoji and the aforementioned Apple News+ service. As always these releases also contained some under the hood improvements as well. However, there are a few things that HomeKit and home theater enthusiasts should know, so let’s take a look.
On the HomeKit front, support for HomeKit and AirPlay 2 enabled TV’s was added, however, it should be noted that there are no actually TV’s on the market that can take advantage of this new functionality. Also, according to various developers, it appears that Apple has removed the ability for 3rd Party Apps to access TV’s, which was enabled during the earlier beta’s of these releases.
While loosely related to HomeKit and staying on the TV theme, the built in Apple TV remote, which can be found in control center has received a new icon and overall redesign. Users of iOS 12.2 can now summon shows to play on their devices, including the Apple TV just by asking Siri, which is a feature many have been waiting for. AirPlay, the convenient way to send video or audio to another device has received an update to the way that iOS devices handle sending a stream, as it no longer prevents a user from multi-tasking, another long overdue feature. Finally, the HomePod received an update that allows the smart speaker to access enterprise or unversity networks.