Apple TV app rolling out to some Sony smart TVs ahead of Apple TV+ debut

Earlier this year, Apple confirmed a decent number of smart TV manufacturers would host a dedicated Apple TV app starting this year.

That announcement preceded the unveiling of Apple TV+ later in the year. And now most of those smart TV manufacturers have updated their sets to support not only the Apple TV app, but also Apple’s AirPlay 2 so that content can be streamed from an iOS or macOS device to the TV directly.

And now it appears we can start welcoming Sony into the mix, too. As first noted on Tuesday by¬†9to5Mac, Sony has begun to roll out a software update for at least one of its smart TV models that brings the Apple TV app to the fore. Unfortunately, it’s not known which exact model got the update, but Sony’s already confirmed that only a select number of model year 2019 TVs will be getting the update.

Those are:

  • Sony Z9G Series (2019)
  • Sony A9G Series (2019)
  • Sony X950G Series (2019)
  • Sony X850G Series (2019 85, 75, 65 and 55-inch models)

Considering this is an over-the-air update, it may take some time before all of Sony’s supported smart TVs are actually updated. That being said it’s good news that the company has started the update process now, considering Apple TV+ is set to launch on Friday, November 1.

In related news, both Amazon and Roku updated their own streaming devices to support the Apple TV app ahead of Apple TV+’s launch later this week. And as far as content is concerned, initial reviews for Apple’s first slate of original content appears to be mixed at best.