The Apple TV app is rolling out to some LG TVs from 2018

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What you need to know

  • The Apple TV app is coming to some "older" LG TVs.
  • LG released an update that added the app to certain models from 2018.
  • The company has been rolling out support for the app to its TVs for the last year.

If you own an LG TV from 2018 and have wished it had the Apple TV app, you are now in luck.

Reported by MacRumors, LG has rolled out an update for some of its televisions from 2018 that has added the Apple TV app. According to the report, several LG TV owners reported on Twitter that they now have the app as an option after installing the update. It appears that the update has gone live in a number of countries, but it is not clear how many will or have received the update.

The move follows LG's commitment to bringing the Apple TV app to its televisions. The company had previously rolled out support on 2019 LG Smart TVs earlier this year, so the next logical step was to bring it to what 2018 models it could.

Earlier this year, LG brought the Apple TV app to select 2019 LG TVs in the United States and more than 80 other countries, and at the time, LG said that 2018 TVs would also get the TV app through a firmware update.

LG owners who have received the update can now use the Apple TV app to watch Apple TV+, subscribe to streaming services that are part of Apple TV Channels, as well as rent or purchase movies and TV shows through iTunes.

The addition of the Apple TV app is just the first step in LG's plans with Apple on its TVs. As noted by the report, the company also plans to add support for AirPlay and HomeKit to its 2018 models as well.

LG has also promised to bring AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to 2018 smart TVs by October 2020, and the TVs that will get support include "SK" and "UK" LED models and "B8" through "Z8" OLED models. AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support doesn't appear to have rolled out at this time.

If you have received the update, you can find the Apple TV app under the LG Home app Launcher.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.