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How Cool is Apple’s AirPlay? VERY!

Have you ever gone to an office to give a presentation planning to use your customer’s TV or projector only to find you cannot connect your device? This has been an issue for IT as long as I can remember. With so many disparate connection types (VGA, DVI-I, DVD-D, HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini HDMI, Mini DisplayPort and many more), insuring the right connection is available can be expensive and a mess of cables/adapters. Enough talk of cables though. The ultimate would be walking in with your device, connecting to the wireless network and simply selecting the output device from a list. This is exactly what Apple has done with AirPlay.

The hardware is cheap and easy to install. Pick up a 2nd generation or newer Apple TV ($99) running v.5.0 or newer software, connect it to your TV/projector via HDMI and connect it to your wired or wireless network. Enable AirPlay on the Apple TV, name the Apple TV appropriately and you are ready to go. There are some significant limitations as this is still fairly new technology but as time goes on, we all upgrade and soon most of our Apple devices will work. Still waiting for a Windows AirPlay client…

Quick list of minimum requirements:

  • At least an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S running iOS 5 or newer.
  • iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air – mid 2011 or newer running OS X Mountain Lion or newer
  • MacBook Pro – early 2011 or newer running OS X Mountain Lion or newer