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Apple's AirPlay is a fantastic concept, but until now it's always been hampered by the need for all the compatible devices to share a Wi-Fi connection before they work together properly. It's a small hassle, but one that has kept the service from being more widely adopted than it probably should be. As Engadget reports, that limitation comes to an end with iOS 8.
If you've never used it before, consider this. AirPlay makes it possible to stream music from, say, your iPhone to your iPad, but you needed the shared connection to make it work. This was fine in a home environment, but it caused some annoyances in places such as hotels where only one device can use the Wi-Fi connection.
When iOS 8 launches, that'll no longer cause problems. Your iPhone, Mac, Apple TV, and other AirPlay-compatible devices should be able to communicate with each other regardless of whether you're in downtown Chicago or the wilds of Alaska. The connections should also be more stable as a result, which points to great things for Apple TV's increased reliance on the service.
As Apple says on its website, "With iOS 8, you can wirelessly connect iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to Apple TV without first connecting to the organization’s network. Which means you can present or share your work even if you’re offline or the organization has a complex network."
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