Airplay is a fantastic thing. When we teach classes here, we rely heavily on the mirroring options available for the Mac and iPad to demonstrate what we’re teaching on a TV large enough for everyone in the class to see. But we think that airplay offers more than just a teaching aid!
Airplay is built into Apple devices to allow streaming of audio and video to supported devices. Here in the store, we use it to have audio playing throughout the store with our built in speakers and also through our Bowers and Wilkins Zepplin speaker. We use Savant to allow easy, integrated control of our speakers, cameras and TVs in store.
We also have Apple TVs attached to every TV in store. They turn your regular tv into a smart tv, giving you access to the iTunes store, Hulu, Netflix, YouTube (some apps require subscriptions!) as well as access to any homeshared libraries — so your photos or music from your computer or iPad are available on your TV. Do you have an amazing sound system? Make the best use of your music with homesharing.
If your computer was made in mid 2011 or later, you can also use your HD tv as a monitor with an Apple TV. Simply click the airplay icon (shown below) and choose your Apple TV. This will mirror your display onto the tv, so anything you do on the computer also appears on the TV. This is a great solution if you have one of the smaller computers — a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro 13″ — you retain the laptop’s portability while getting a larger screen size.
With an iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPad 2 or later or iPod Touch 4th or 5th generation, you can mirror your device’s display to the tv with your Apple TV. Let folks play games on the big screen during a party, or show off your pictures from your most recent trip with a slideshow.
Want to learn more, or see Airplay in action? Come in today!