First iOS 12.2 beta gives hints as to how HomeKit on televisions will work

in iOS edited January 2019
While everyone is eagerly awaiting the first HomeKit televisions to come to market, developers have taken to the first beta of iOS 12.2 to provide initial demos of the functionality.

HomeKit TV
HomeKit TV | Khaos Tian

AppleInsider already looked at the capabilities of HomeKit TVs, and now those features can be tested with the iOS 12.2 beta which has added the intitial support.

We've also learned a bit more about how iOS will interact with TVs. When added to HomeKit, the TV will show in the Home app like any other accessory. It will show the current state, content can be played or paused, and the input can be switched.

Inputs can be renamed to reflect their purpose -- such as "Input 1" becoming "Apple TV". Currently, that is all the functionality found in the Home app.

A little correction, the "Remote" part of Television support is actually implemented in iOS, just under Apple TV remote tile, instead of Home app

-- Khaos Tian (@KhaosT)

Other functionality, such as navigation and menus, is tucked into the Remote widget contained inside Control Center. It will likely be added to the Remote app upon full release as well.

Using the Remote widget, different TV controls can be exposed such a directional pad, a back button, an info button, and more. This should allow nearly any TV function to be controlled solely using your iPhone.

it's nice LG's API can basically mapped 1:1 to HomeKit

-- Khaos Tian (@KhaosT)

Now that all of this functionality is added to HomeKit, scenes can be integrated with them. Movie time can now not just adjust the lights but can turn on the TV and switch the input as well.

Developer Aaron Pearce also simulated adding a TV to HomeKit to show off different aspects that could be configured.

Several manufacturers have already lined up to launch HomeKit TVs this year including LG, Sony, and Vizio.


  • Reply 1 of 3
    Great, but the missing piece now is AV Receivers, why didn’t those get added too?!
  • Reply 2 of 3
    swat671swat671 Posts: 132member
    Great, but the missing piece now is AV Receivers, why didn’t those get added too?!
    Good point.
  • Reply 3 of 3
    Great, but the missing piece now is AV Receivers, why didn’t those get added too?!
    Yes! My receiver and my Control4 remote both have iOS apps. It would be great if they added Siri Shortcuts support to their apps so I could add some simple commands to my “Movie Time” scene (Actually, the scene would be added to a Shortcut that also turned on the receiver and projector). If just Control4 added Siri Shortcuts I could probably achieve all if not most of what I would like to do with my equipment. 
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