For many, the biggest disappointment of iOS 4.2.1 was the reality that the long-awaited AirPlay feature was essentially neutered -- video streaming to an Apple TV was only possible from Apple’s own apps. According to Steve Jobs, that may change next year.
When Apple unleashed iOS 4.2 earlier this week, we were disappointed to see that full audio and video AirPlay support wasn't offered for third-party applications. With popular This, we're sure you'll agree, is a shame--especially with great applications like VLC, AirVideo and CineXPlayer screaming to make it off of iOS devices and on to a big screen. Fortunately, TUAW's Erika Sadun, whose genius is as constant as the North Star, was pretty bummed about this too. While the rest of us were busy sulking as we multitasked on our iPads, and moping with our new iPhone text tones, she got to work on finding out why only Apple apps had been invited to the AirPlay party, and what could be done about it.
Apple generally loves to spring new stuff upon an unsuspecting world on the second weekday, and this Tuesday promises to be no exception. But rather than a nifty new gadget that requires a trip to the Apple Store, the company has cleverly slipped a preview of an iTunes-related “exciting announcement” onto their website. What could it be?
If you’ve been waiting anxiously to get your hands on iOS 4.2 to take advantage of the highly touted AirPrint functionality, you may want to sit down while reading this -- Apple may be delaying the feature “indefinitely” for Mac and Windows PCs, meaning it will only work with a handful of newer printers from HP.
We'll admit, we're jonesin' to get our hands on the new Apple TV and begin streaming a little content. Sure, we love our Macs plenty around here, but the desk chair isn't really designed for kicking back and relaxing while watching The Godfather Trilogy or the extended version of The Lord of the Rings. When reports surfaced showing $99 dollar withdrawals from people's bank accounts, we got excited.