Now that iOS has been out for a few days, a few 3rd party apps have been updated to support it. And the App Store now has a special section to showcase those apps that have done so. The section is called ‘Great AirPlay-Enabled Apps’ and you can find it in the Featured tab of the App Store, just above the Staff Favorites area.
The list is not very long or very impressive just now. It’s good to see iMovie in here but it’s one of Apple’s own apps of course. The only 3rd party app that caught my eye is ESPN The Magazine. I gave it a quick go and it works fine.
Your Apple TV will need an update too, in order to enable this new AirPlay support for 3rd party apps. I hadn’t updated mine in a while and it refused to play videos from the ESPN app when I first tried; then it prompted that an update was available. Once that was applied, videos from ESPN The Magazine played nicely on my big screen.
Have you tried out any of these AirPlay-enabled apps yet?
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.