CES 2019 Wrap-Up: AirPlay 2 TVs, Battery Cases for Latest iPhones, Third-Party Lightning to USB-C Cables, and More

Today is the final day of CES 2019 in Las Vegas, where thousands of companies showed off their latest connected tech products. As usual, Apple did not have an official presence on the show floor, but there were several announcements and a wide variety of product unveilings that are tied to its ecosystem.

MacRumors attended CES 2019 and has shared numerous articles and videos on our YouTube channel about the show throughout the week. We've wrapped up some of the notable announcements from the week below.

AirPlay 2-enabled smart TVs

Without attending, Apple stole some of CES 2019's thunder by announcing this week that AirPlay 2-enabled smart TVs are coming from leading manufacturers, including Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio. Meanwhile, up-and-coming Chinese smart TV brand TCL told MacRumors it is "currently committed to Roku."

Smart TVs from LG, Sony, and Vizio, but not Samsung, will also support HomeKit. Samsung smart TVs are, however, getting an exclusive iTunes TV and Movies app for accessing purchased and rented content from Apple's storefront.

AirPlay 2 is also coming to Harman Kardon's new Citation Series of speakers and the popular VLC streaming app for Android.

Mophie battery cases for iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR

Apple-certified accessory maker Mophie will be releasing Juice Pack Access battery cases for the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR for $119.95 each in the first quarter of 2019. The juice packs extend the battery life of the iPhone XS by up to 25 hours, and the iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR by up to 31 hours.

Unlike Apple's older Smart Battery Cases for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, the Juice Packs charge the iPhone wirelessly via the Qi standard, leaving the Lightning connector free for accessories and other uses. Apple is rumored to release a new Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XS, but has yet to do so.

HomeKit everything

Numerous smart home accessories were unveiled at CES 2019 with HomeKit compatibility either at launch or promised later this year:

Apple-certified Lightning to USB-C cables

Last month, Apple informed members of its Made for iPhone program that third-party Lightning to USB-C cables are now permitted to be manufactured, and CES 2019 saw the introduction of the first options from Belkin and Griffin. The cables will be available from both accessory makers in the spring.

CarPlay receivers

CarPlay is now factory installed in well over 400 vehicle models, but some makes and models along with older vehicles do not support Apple's in-car software platform. For this, there are aftermarket CarPlay receivers, and we saw new wired and wireless options debut from Kenwood and JVC, Sony, and Alpine at CES 2019.

Pioneer also unveiled its latest receiver that turns an iPhone or Android smartphone into a car entertainment display.

Docks, chargers, and cases

Videos: Best of CES 2019 and its Unveiled, Pepcom, and ShowStoppers events

For additional announcements and coverage, check out our CES 2019 news hub.

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15 months ago
Wow... that was depressing. There's nothing in that trade show that's innovative. It's all revamps on things that already exist, and seriously... a toilet with Alexa? I know it's CES, but the amount of useless landfill stuff is proof that this world is doomed.
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15 months ago
These third-party cables even look better. White is becoming the new 'boring'
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15 months ago

Your example solves a problem of removing a wire.

I get your point that home hub is "everywhere", but can you give me an example of a new technology? Not just something that adapts an existing product, but where a new combination of tech does something new? Not more conveniently, but new?

Because if it's not new, it's just market positioning and lining up with your favourite FANG company.

There was a university that created some 3d sound tech that utilized binaural "hacking" that made your ears and brain believe sound was coming at you from all directions unlike anything i've ever heard/felt before from an atmos/surround setup. Imagine a speaker over your right shoulder speaking/whispering to you. Now imagine an actual human over your shoulder speaking/whispering to you. This is what this tech did. You didn't just hear it, you felt it. It was ****ing amazing. it required head tracking and a single soundbar that sat on a laptop. if it ever gets the proper funding it would kill atmos/dts:x as we know it. This has nothing to do with apple or android. It was legit amazing innovation.

just found their card in one of my 100s of free bags. here's the link to their site.
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15 months ago
Man those PopSockets are getting popular.
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