When it’s turned on everything you do on the iPad, regardless of what app you’re in or what you’re doing, is mirrored to the TV screen – hence the name. It can be used to take your iPad gaming to a whole new level (check out Real Racing 2 HD to see a game that fully exploits this), to show a slideshow of favorite photos, to be able to walk around a room while running a presentation from the iPad 2, or for any number of similar purposes.
Here’s what you need to do to turn on AirPlay Mirroring on your iPad 2:
— Have iOS 5 installed on your iPad 2
— Make sure your Apple TV software is up-to-date. You can check for updates on the Apple TV by going to Settings > General > Update Software.
— Have your TV turned with Apple TV active and showing.
— Double-tap the home button on the iPad to bring up the Multitasking Bar.
— Swipe to move to the left of the Multitasking Bar, so you can see the set of controls just to the left of the volume adjustment slider.
— The button just to the right of the Fast Forward button – the one that has a rectangle with a solid, upward-facing arrow in it – is the AirPlay button. Tap to switch from iPad to Apple TV.
— Once you do that you’ll see the Mirroring section appear just below the entry for Apple TV. Just tap to turn that On, and the iPad 2 will immediately begin mirroring to your TV screen.
— To turn AirPlay Mirroring off, just double-tap the home button again, tap the AirPlay button, and toggle Mirroring to off.
That’s it – this feature is easy to use and tremendously impressive.