If you own an Apple TV (new 2nd gen model) then AirPlay is potentially one of the coolest new features included in the recent iOS 4.2 software update for the iPad. AirPlay allows you to stream content from your iPad or iPhone (or Touch) to your TV screens via Apple TV. The content you can stream is pretty limited right now, but should expand in future – both via the clever efforts of jailbreakers and through Apple updates.
For now, you can stream YouTube videos, some of your own videos taken with an iPhone (though via a fairly convoluted process), audio from the iPod app and 3rd party apps that have been updated to support AirPlay, and photos. Audio and photos are my two favorite things to stream so far. Who doesn’t love seeing all your latest shots of family and friends on a great big screen, especially with no need for cables.
Using AirPlay to stream your photos from the iPad is easy once you know how, but it may not be immediately obvious to all so I thought I’d offer some quick pointers on using it here.
Requirements to make AirPlay streaming work:
— An Apple TV – the new 2nd gen model that was released earlier this year.
— An iPad or iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 4.2
— Your iDevice and Apple TV must be on the same local WiFi network
How To Use AirPlay to Stream Photos from the Photos App
— When you first open the Photos app you will *not* see an AirPlay button
— In order to see the AirPlay button you must open an album or your entire photo library and tap on an individual photo. Once you have done that, you will see the AirPlay button at the top right of the screen – as shown in the screenshot at the top of this post. The icon is an unfilled rectangle with a solid triangle jutting into it from the middle bottom.
— Tap on the AirPlay button and you’ll be presented with a small popover where you toggle the display to either your iPad or to Apple TV. You can also make use of the AirPlay button from within a photos slideshow.
That’s all there is to it. Hope you all enjoy your Airplay photo streaming.