Yesterday I posted the news that both the CNN and TED apps for iPad had been updated to add AirPlay support. What I wasn’t 100% sure about – and was unable to test due to a hardware fault on my Apple TV – was whether the apps were supporting AirPlay video, or just audio.
I had my Apple TV exchanged for a new one at my local Apple store yesterday, so last night I was back in action and able to test the TED app with AirPlay. And I’m happy to report it does do AirPlay video and works just great. As soon as I tap the Apple TV button in the app with a video playing it swaps almost immediately to the big screen.
By the way, if you’re looking for a spectacularly good TED talk – amongst the many, many that it offers – I highly recommend the one shown above. It is presented by Sarah Kay, a spoken word poet and the founder of Project V.O.I.C.E, that teaches poetry and self expression across the US and abroad. The talk is titled ‘If I should have a daughter’ and it is just superb.
Oh, and the CNN app also now works with AirPlay video.
The CNN and TED apps for iPad have both been updated this week; CNN to Version 1.0.2 and TED to Version 1.3.
Both apps’ updates appear to be exclusively to add support for AirPlay – which allows audio and video content to be streamed from the iPad to an Apple TV. I am hoping and assuming that both apps have added support for AirPlay video, not just audio. CNN I’m not so fussed about because of course there’s plenty of that on TV anyway; but the TED talks would be great to see up on a big HD screen.
Normally I would have tested this to confirm – but my Apple TV has conveniently died this morning – Apple Support confirms I need to take it into a store to get it exchanged. So hopefully I’ll get a chance to test these out in day or two, once I’ve had a chance to get a replacement unit.
Have any of you tried these apps after applying the latest updates? Is AirPlay video working?
TED is the new iPad app for the TED Talks – the awesome series of talks from some of the world’s brightest minds on some of the world’s most compelling topics. In terms of cool content to have on your iPad, it doesn’t get much better than this. Here’s a slice of its App Store description:
Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.
TED presents talks from some of the world’s most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus and music legends. Find more than 700 TEDTalk videos (with more added each week) on the official TED app.