LG Adds Apple TV, Apple Music, and Other Apple Features to webOS TVs

LG has added a number of Apple apps and features to other-branded televisions running its webOS Hub across more than 100 countries and regions worldwide, the company has announced.

On compatible smart TVs that are based on the webOS Hub ecosystem, users will be able to access the Apple TV app and Apple Music, as well as connect to AirPlay and HomeKit devices, without having to link up an ‌Apple TV‌ set-top box or any other hardware.

From LG's press release announcing the update:

With the Apple TV app, Apple Music, AirPlay and HomeKit all coming to the webOS Hub ecosystem, LG is constantly refining and expanding its webOS smart TV platform while enhancing its accessibility so that more consumers can benefit from the most convenient user experience.

By offering a greater range of customization options to smart TV manufacturers and giving more convenience and choice of content to customers, 10 times as many brands are now available on webOS Hub than in early 2021.

The deployment is available for more than 200 TV brands worldwide running webOS, such as Seiki, Eko, Stream System, Konka, Aiwa, and Hyundai. LG does not offer a detailed list of eligible TVs but specifies that only 4K UHD and OLED models running webOS Hub 2.0 will receive ‌AirPlay‌ and ‌HomeKit‌ compatibility.

Tag: LG

Top Rated Comments

Larsvonhier Avatar
16 months ago
To all who complain about "old news":
Reading comprehension test...
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bu113t Avatar
16 months ago

Wait, this is really old news right?

Yeah I’m confused. LG TVs have had the Apple services available for ages.

My TV is always telling me about a free trial of Apple stuff - it’s rather annoying!

I don't get it. Its such a old news.
This is for non-LG branded TVs that use WebOS. Many LG TVs have supported threes features for years.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KrisLord Avatar
16 months ago

Wait, this is really old news right?
Yeah I’m confused. LG TVs have had the Apple services available for ages.

My TV is always telling me about a free trial of Apple stuff - it’s rather annoying!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
parseckadet Avatar
16 months ago

This perception keeps flying but AppleTV (the box) and AppleTV (the app) are very different things. The former does so much more than the latter. The latter is but one of MANY apps available on the hardware. In this case, 2 apps & 2 functions are available on select televisions. That leaves thousands of other apps still not represented.

If someone only uses AppleTV (the box) for these 4 things, then yes, the availability of the same apps on their webOS TV does make the box redundant for them. However, if one uses only 1+ other apps on AppleTV not available on the limited mix of apps for TVs, the box starts gaining useful points.

What I meant was that AppleTV's core functions for most are:
* Airplay
* TV/TV+ app

In the scnario of a smart TV having these apps on it's smart functions, kind of removes the needs for an AppleTV hardware for most people

If you use a AppleTV app that is essential or use AppleTV as Home Base, of course it makes sense.
I don't care how many apps a TV is capable of. TV manufacturers sell user data. They've also been caught flat out spying on people (back during the brief time that some TVs had built in cameras). My TV will only ever have a network connection when I want to install firmware updates. All other times it will just be a dumb display for my AppleTV or some other input. I understand that won't stop apps like Hulu or Netflix from selling data, but I'm going to limit the possibility as much as possible.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sos47 Avatar
16 months ago
not really new, possible for years on webOS (i own an lg tv)
beside that, i would never ever store my apple account data on a any tv.
thats why i use an ATV as a streaming device. easy
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Michael Scrip Avatar
16 months ago

I know we can upgrade smart TVs by plugging a device like a 2022 Apple TV 4K 5nm into the HDMI port but what I'd love would be able to replace the logic board of all LG 4K TVs with the logic board of the 2022 Apple TV 4K 5nm and enjoy the power of an iPhone chip as the primary SoC of the TV.
Along those same lines... I wish TV manufacturers would put all the electronics (logic board, HDMI ports, etc) in a box that slides into a slot in the back of the TV.

Then you can buy an upgraded replacement box when new tech is released. You'd get all new guts while keeping the same screen.

Of course they won't do that because they want to sell you an entire new TV... but I can dream.

Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories


Apple Announces 'Let Loose' Event on May 7 Amid Rumors of New iPads

Tuesday April 23, 2024 7:11 am PDT by
Apple has announced it will be holding a special event on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 a.m. Pacific Time (10 a.m. Eastern Time), with a live stream to be available on Apple.com and on YouTube as usual. The event invitation has a tagline of "Let Loose" and shows an artistic render of an Apple Pencil, suggesting that iPads will be a focus of the event. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more ...
Apple Vision Pro Dual Loop Band Orange Feature 2

Apple Cuts Vision Pro Shipments as Demand Falls 'Sharply Beyond Expectations'

Tuesday April 23, 2024 9:44 am PDT by
Apple has dropped the number of Vision Pro units that it plans to ship in 2024, going from an expected 700 to 800k units to just 400k to 450k units, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Orders have been scaled back before the Vision Pro has launched in markets outside of the United States, which Kuo says is a sign that demand in the U.S. has "fallen sharply beyond expectations." As a...
iPhone 15 Pro FineWoven

Apple Reportedly Stops Production of FineWoven Accessories

Sunday April 21, 2024 6:03 am PDT by
Apple has stopped production of FineWoven accessories, according to the Apple leaker and prototype collector known as "Kosutami." In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Kosutami explained that Apple has stopped production of FineWoven accessories due to its poor durability. The company may move to another non-leather material for its premium accessories in the future. Kosutami has revealed...
iOS 17 All New Features Thumb

iOS 17.5 Will Add These New Features to Your iPhone

Sunday April 21, 2024 3:00 am PDT by
The upcoming iOS 17.5 update for the iPhone includes only a few new user-facing features, but hidden code changes reveal some additional possibilities. Below, we have recapped everything new in the iOS 17.5 and iPadOS 17.5 beta so far. Web Distribution Starting with the second beta of iOS 17.5, eligible developers are able to distribute their iOS apps to iPhone users located in the EU...
iPad And Calculator App Feature

Apple Finally Plans to Release a Calculator App for iPad Later This Year

Tuesday April 23, 2024 9:08 am PDT by
Apple is finally planning a Calculator app for the iPad, over 14 years after launching the device, according to a source familiar with the matter. iPadOS 18 will include a built-in Calculator app for all iPad models that are compatible with the software update, which is expected to be unveiled during the opening keynote of Apple's annual developers conference WWDC on June 10. AppleInsider...