Wish List Items: AirPlay Mirroring to the Mac

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AirPlay Mirroring is one of the best new features in iOS 5. It allows you to mirror the screen of your iPad 2 wirelessly to a big HDTV screen if you have an Apple TV 2 – so everything you do on the iPad 2, in any app, is shown on the TV screen.

It’s a superb feature for gaming on the iPad, and for presentations or just showing off a great new app or set of photos without having to be tethered close to the TV screen.

Rumors this week suggest that the feature may soon be added to OS X Lion – so Mac screens can be mirrored to a big TV as well, and we’’ll have AirPlay Mirroring from the Mac.

Here’s the rumor that turns out to be true that I want to see: AirPlay Mirroring to the Mac.

For me, AirPlay Mirroring to the Mac would be superb for being able to do app demos and screencasts for how-to type demos. I think it would also become a great presentation option for all those who don’t have Apple TV or a big HDTV. There are plenty of Mac screens that could serve well for presentations this way.

I’m sure there are plenty other good uses that would be found for AirPlay Mirroring to the Mac. And I don’t imagine it would be that hard to do – in fact it feels to me like a big miss that Apple hasn’t already made this possible.

What do you all think? Would you like to see AirPlay Mirroring to the Mac?

Patrick Jordan

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4 thoughts on “Wish List Items: AirPlay Mirroring to the Mac”

  1. airserver already does what you want. iDevice to your Mac OSX screen. What they are proposing is the other way round… Mac OSX to your AppleTV2… Which would indeed be very nice! Also another cool app to stream between iDevices is airview.


    1. Airserver does not do what I am asking for. It does streaming of photos or videos to the Mac. That is not Mirroring.

  2. I agree that this is a big miss on Apple’s part. They could really market the iMac or Macmini as excellent displays for presentations, gaming, etc. You’d think they’d be more interested in selling $1,200+ iMacs rather than $99 Apple TV’s. For those of us who already have macs, it’d be an awesome capability.

  3. I have to assume there’s a legal reason why Airplay hasn’t been enabled for the Mac yet – otherwise, it makes no sense why Apple didn’t include it already. And, yes, I REALLY want Airplay to the Mac! That would be awesome.

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