You may have noticed this funny little icon lurking in the corner of some of your favorite apps like photo and iPod. Tap it and you’ll launch AirPlay, another magical innovation from Apple.
Wanna share your pictures, music or movies with friends but can’t fit everyone around your iPhone? Well now you can wirelessly stream media to your HDTV and speakers via Apple TV. Just make sure your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad is connected to the same wi-fi network as your Apple TV. Press the AirPlay button once it automatically appears and presto! Now you can show off vacation pictures, watch the latest YouTube hit or provide the music for a dance party in your living room, all on your TV.
Here’s How It Works:
AirPlay let’s you wirelessly stream music, movies, and photos from your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Mac to 2nd generation Apple TVs. You can also stream music to AirPlay speakers, receivers and even AirPort Express (when connected to speakers).
AirPlay is an automatic discovery system, after a few second your AirPlay enabled devices will automatically find each. However, this only works when your devices are connected to the same wireless network. Also, the AirPlay option will only be available when you have 1 or more AirPlay capable receiving devices on your local network.
What devices have AirPlay?
iPod touch (2nd, 3rd and 4th generation)
Do you need to download a separate app?
No. However, you must upgrade to the latest software on your iOs device and Apple TV. Also, you will need to verify that your iTunes 10.2 or later. For specific device requirements, please see chart below:
We use AirPlay all the time in our home theater showroom and are very happy with it. We have multi Apple TVs, Macs, iPads, iPhones and AirPlay enabled speakers to choose from. We regularly use any combination of these devices to wirelessly send media.
I particularly like the JBL on Air Wireless Speaker. From across the room I can send it music and it shows the meta data (like album artwork) on the dock itself. This dock retails for $349.99 + tax.
Also, Apple TV with Airplay is great for giving presentations. When visiting a client’s home with Apple TV, we are able to show photos of past projects, product videos and more, right on their very own TV. This is a really helpful marketing tool that we utilize at our own showroom as well.
All in all, I think it’s a great feature. The only downside is the 2-3 second delay once you choose the device to send it to. Also, you have to be within the wifi network so you are limited to it’s range.
For additional information on how to use this feature, click on the link below: