AirPlay Mirroring is one of the coolest features on iOS. As the name suggests, it allows you to mirror your iPad screen to a nearby Apple TV or a Mac – so everything done on the iPad is shown instantly on the bigger screen.
This is a superb feature for presentations, screencasts and demos, and for entertainment and gaming.
In iOS 7 the controls for AirPlay Mirroring have moved. In iOS 6 they were found on the Multitasking Bar where you switched between recently used apps. iOS 7 now uses a card style view to show running apps and switch between them – and the controls for AirPlay Mirroring are no longer shown along with those.
Here is how you turn AirPlay Mirroring on and off in iOS 7:
— Swipe up from the bottom bezel (the black area just below the iPad dock).
— This will bring up Control Center, where you have quick access to many useful controls.
AirPlay Mirroring is easily one of the coolest features of iOS. Mirroring everything that happens on your iPad (or iPhone) to an HDTV or to your Mac is awesome and can also be incredibly useful for screencasts and demos.
I’ve written before about the excellent Reflector app that enables AirPlay Mirroring from the iPad or iPhone to a Mac, and selected it for our list of the Best iPad Apps of 2012. Today I wanted to mention a very cool feature that Reflector offers: the ability to do screen recordings of your AirPlay Mirroring sessions on the Mac. As in, it will record a movie file of your AirPlay Mirroring session.
To do a screen recording with the Reflector app you just hit Command + R on the Mac keyboard or select ‘Start Recording’ from the Device menu of the app. Then hit Command + R again when you want to stop recording. It’s that easy. Reflector records video only, no audio. That’s not a problem though as it records in .mov format – so you can easily import to iMovie and add a voiceover.
This should work just as well on a Windows PC, with just a slight variation in the keyboard to start and end recording. I was only able to partially test it out as I use a Windows virtual machine on my iMac.
Happy AirPlay Mirroring recording.
Reflection was the first Mac app to allow AirPlay Mirroring from iPad (or iPhone) to a Mac. I posted on it back in March when it launched and was quite impressed with it. Since then I’ve used the app often and it has only continued to make a great impression. It couldn’t be easier to use. Although you can adjust some settings you can also just install it, open it, and fire away with AirPlay Mirroring right away with zero configuration.
I’ve even had a chance to use it in live webinars and it has performed like a champ and never missed a beat.
The app has recently changed its name: Reflection is now Reflector. Here are its key features:
Record. Easily capture the screen of your iOS device and save it as a video file for later review.
iOS On Your Mac. View your iOS device on your Mac and continue using it while you’re mirroring.
Password Protection. Control access to your Mac by setting a password to prevent unwanted connections.
Selectable Frames. Change the color of the device frame on your screen to match the actual skin of your device.
The app sells for $14.99 for a single user license or $49.99 for a 5 seat license. It’s compatible with Macs running OS X 10.6.8 or later and Windows PCs running Windows XP or later.
You can see more detail or buy the app at the Reflector website.
If you need help with mirroring, be sure to check out my how-to post on AirPlay Mirroring from the iPad to Mac.
AirPlay Mirroring is a fantastic feature of iOS on the iPad. It lets you mirror your iPad screen, and everything that you do on it, to an Apple TV or a Mac computer. This is hugely useful when doing presentations and demos, creating screencasts or videos, or just enjoying your iPad photos or videos or games on a bigger screen.
And it’s incredibly easy to use as long as you have the right setup. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s needed and how to use AirPlay Mirroring on the iPad:
— An iPad 2 or later, running iOS 5 or later.
— If you want to mirror to Apple TV: An 2nd gen or 3rd gen Apple TV running software version 5 or later.
— If you want to mirror to a Mac: OS X Mountain Lion, a supported Mac, and an app to support mirroring.. Supported Macs are:
- iMac (Mid 2011 or newer)
- Mac mini (Mid 2011 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Mid 2011 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Early 2011 or newer)
Two apps that enable mirroring to a Mac from an iPad are Reflector and Air Server. Both offer free trials, are available for $14.99 for a single user license, and have other licensing packages for multiple users. Both these apps also work on Windows PCs.
— A WiFi network. All devices taking part in the AirPlay Mirroring must be on the same local WiFi network.
Here’s just a quick demo of AirPlay Mirroring – from the iPad 2 to my MacBook Pro, using the Air Server app on the Mac. Air Server has just been updated to include this functionality – so after what seemed like an eternity waiting for this to be possible, this week we suddenly have two Mac apps that offer this capability.
I posted about the first one, Reflection, a few days back. Both apps are great to have around, but Air Server has been around much longer and feels more complete right now.
This is my first effort at screencasting with Air Server and with the Screenflow app on the Mac. I’ve got lots to learn in terms of getting more polished results, but I hope to make more use of this in future to do app demos and share iPad tips via screencasts as well as written articles.
Let me know what you think about this, and don’t be too cruel with the comments – this is my first real stab at this.
Update: The app I talk about below is as good as ever, in fact better thanks to recent updates – but its name has changed. It is now called Reflector and you can find it here: http://reflectorapp.com/
That’s the one word message I sent to a friend last night when I first got a look at Reflection for the Mac last night. Reflection does one thing – just one little thing that I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for. It brings AirPlay Mirroring to the Mac.
With this long-awaited app you can mirror your iPad 2 (or iPhone 4S) screen to any Mac running OS X 10.6 or later, wirelessly.
For anyone who doesn’t have an Apple TV this provides a great way to watch movies, TV shows, or videos from your iPad 2 on a bigger screen. For me, there’s that and also there’s a great opportunity for doing screencasts and demos as part of reviews. I’m going to be experimenting with that very soon.
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.
AirPlay Mirroring is one of the coolest new features in iOS 5 for the iPad 2. It allows you to stream everything that happens on your iPad 2 wirelessly to an HDTV via Apple TV (2nd gen only).
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.
Real Racing 2 HD already looks outstanding in iOS 5 AirPlay Mirroring to a big TV. Now Firemint, the developers of Real Racing, have announced that an update to the game that is coming soon will add a new ‘Party Play’ feature.
Party Play takes AirPlay to the next level of iOS gaming, facilitating wireless local multiplayer for up to 4 players simultaneously in a split screen display output to your HD TV using an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S as the host. Play in the comfort of your own home and experience the joy of championship racing with iOS 5.
That looks like big fun. And this update should be out soon after iOS 5 is released (on 10/12).
Rene Ritchie of TiPb posted earlier this week about a very nice new feature he tested out in the latest iOS 5 beta: AirPlay mirroring for FaceTime.
From the first time I used FaceTime on the iPad 2, I thought it was FaceTime at its best – largely due to the iPad 2’s lovely big screen.
Needless to say, being able to throw FaceTime up onto a big HD TV screen would take that to a whole new level. The the only big (BIG!) missing piece for FaceTime would be the promised cross-platform support.
Here’s hoping this feature stays in the final release of iOS 5.
Wow. Apple’s WWDC 2011 keynote event that just finished up a short while ago was like a thrill ride to follow. Full of great news for iPad and iOS users. Here’s just a few of the most exciting bits of news for iPad users:
— iOS 5 will be coming out this fall and packs over 200 new user features.
— One of those that may be a killer new feature for the iPad is a split keyboard, to make thumb typing in portrait mode on the iPad much easier.
— iOS 5 will make the iPad and iOS devices ‘PC Free’. No more need to connect to a PC to activate your iPad when you bring a new one home. OTA (Over the Air) firmware (operating system) updates. And OTA iTunes sync as well. Hurrah to making sync cables nearly obsolete.
— A vastly improved Notifications system. This one was top of just about every iOS user’s wish list for so long, glad to see it finally arrive.