Apple’s news at CES 2019 shows it’s facing some hard truths

LG announced AirPlay 2 support for its upcoming smart TVs at CES 2019.

Apple is all over CES 2019.

True, the California-based tech giant doesn’t have an official presence here, apart from a single, pointed billboard. Apple still ditches the show, even if the convention fawns all over its products in the form of innumerable iPhone and Mac accessories. But there’s more going on this year.

It started with Samsung, who made a surprise pre-show announcement that its 2019 smart TVs would support AirPlay 2, letting iOS users natively stream music and video from iPhones and iPads, mirror their screens, and use their devices as a remote control. Both LG and Vizio followed Apple in announcing AirPlay 2 support, and Apple made it official by updating its AirPlay webpage to say AirPlay 2-enabled TVs were “coming soon.”