Over the weekend, Apple pushed out a new pair of TV commercials for the iPhone, both aimed at captivating potential customers with “gee whiz” technology features built right into the iconic handset -- AirPlay and FaceTime.
Much like Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5 simply has too many new features for Apple to spend a two-hour keynote detailing them all. If the 10 features revealed at WWDC 2011 on Monday have whet your appetite for more, strap in and click on to find out some of the cool stuff coming this fall that Apple didn’t talk about in San Francisco.
Remember the Apple Digital AV Adapter? Imagine that functionality, except wireless, and you've got AirPlay Mirroring. Mentioned in passing in Monday's Keynote, this sweet little bit o' kit lets you see iPad content on your TV, as long as you've got an Apple TV hooked up to it.
iPod docks are a dime a dozen—or in the case of the new Zeppelin Air, 5,999 dimes and a nickel. But while most run-of-the-mill docks will elicit something in the range of “meh” to “that sounds OK” from your friends, the first thing we said when we fired up the Zeppelin Air was “holy &*@#!” Yep, it’s that good.
EyeTV, the popular software that lets you stream both live and recorded TV from your Mac to your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone, has just announced the addition to Airplay support in the app. That means that not only can you watch your TV wherever you are -- over Wi-fi and 3G -- you can also now stream it to your Apple TV, or third-party receiver with AirPlay support.
While we've been busy cranking out Wi-Fi hotspots, sending music and video to our Apple TVs and generally living it up wirelessly with our iOS devices, developers have been busy coding their fingers down to the bone to bring AirPlay compatibility to their applications. What's that you say? You've been too busy to check in with the iTunes App Store lately? Don't worry: Like always, Mac|Life has your back.
To make sure that AirPlay becomes a part of your glorious Mac lifestyle, we've put together a selection of seven of our favorite AirPlay compatible applications for you to use, peruse and enjoy.
We're fans of wireless anything. After AirPlay debuted, we were doing anything we could to use it for whatever applications were compatible. But the native 720p resolution streaming cap is a little irking, especially for media hoarders. Enthusiasts Eric Govoruhk and Kelly McAteer solved this issued by figuring out a way to stream full HD 1080p video mirroring for the iPad 2 by using a wireless HDMI transmitter and USB battery pack. It's pretty awesome, and seeing it put to use is even more so. Check out the video after the cut.
Once you’ve experienced the magic of wirelessly sending video from an iOS device to a second-generation Apple TV, you’ll likely become eager to do the same with other consumer electronics. As it turns out, Apple may be exploring that very possibility soon enough.
If you’re a guitar player and maybe even an avid reader of Guitar World magazine, you’re no doubt familiar with their free universal app Lick of the Day -- which just got a fairly significant update, adding sponsored licks, AirPlay support and much more.