iPad 2 AirPlay Mirroring Video Walkthrough

Video Walkthrough of iPad 2 AirPlay Mirroring:

During the WWDC keynote, Apple mentioned AirPlay Mirroring in passing, but it is the greatest iOS 5 feature. You get to stream all of the content on your iPad 2 onto your big screen TV via the Apple TV. Now you can share every single thing on your iPad 2 screen with no need for apps to have built in AirPlay functionality. I have to admit, that I was skeptical of the feature, so I had to put it to the test.

With the beta software installed on the iPad 2 and Apple TV, it was just a matter of starting AirPlay mirroring from the multi-tasking bar. Then every single action was mirrored in real time on an HDTV. There are 90,000 iPad native apps in the App Store, and they all work with AirPlay Mirroring with no work from the developers. If the developers do a little tweaking they can have their apps display in full HD. There are a few apps that work this way with TV-out support using the Apple HDMI Digital AV cable.

Those apps, like Real Racing 2 and War Pinball, already work with AirPlay Mirroring to allow for wireless full HD support. All the game video goes to the HDTV, and the iPad 2 turns into the controller with a whole new interface. Other apps that haven’t been optimized run in letterbox, but still look great. In using the feature there were some occasional slow downs, but you have to understand this is beta software, and the final version isn’t expected for at least three months. As is, most slow downs disappeared as long as you only ran one app at a time.

The functionality is so amazing in actual use that is quite literally jaw dropping. No matter what you do on an iPad 2, from surfing the internet and reading books to looking at photos and videos, you can now do it on the big screen. AirPlay Mirroring is a whole new way to play iOS games, and the iOS platform just came a lot closer to the console systems. If a game is tilt based, or has fixed control inputs, then you can play a game focusing on the HDTV, and never looking at the iPad screen.

AirPlay Mirroring can’t come soon enough, and please watch our hands on video above to truly appreciate what it means for you.


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16 Comments on "iPad 2 AirPlay Mirroring Video Walkthrough"

  1. Eric Pease June 16, 2011 at 11:29 PM -

    awesome demo! great video. thanks for calling out this amazing technology.

  2. Charlie Potatoes June 16, 2011 at 11:35 PM -

    Holy Cow

  3. Bryndavies June 17, 2011 at 6:00 AM -

    So will BBC i Player on the web display on TV screen?

  4. Khanhung Tran June 17, 2011 at 5:34 PM -

    They should do the same for iPhone.

  5. Ted Mason June 17, 2011 at 5:58 PM -

    Loved the video! I can’t wait until Fall with iOS 5. That Real racing 2 HD full HD looks sick!

  6. Blanch June 18, 2011 at 6:28 AM -

    How does the HDTV recieve the ipad . Is it thru the Apple Tv box

  7. Jamie Riley June 19, 2011 at 9:41 PM -

    Nice job on the Youtube vid!

  8. pa June 20, 2011 at 11:24 AM -

    This is very exciting. Will this mirroring work only with apple TV or one can use a non-apple product like roku?

  9. otto a. June 20, 2011 at 5:46 PM -

    what did you do to make it run so smooth? mine runs incredible slow! impossible to run anything on it. can you help me?

  10. Seatutor June 27, 2011 at 1:45 AM -

    So, does this truly mean all apps, and that everything you do or change in an app will show up in real time? For example, I have “game” backdrops in the form of PDF’s in productivity apps like Notetaker, WritePad, and SmartNote that I use to play simple games on with my students. As we write on those pages in those apps, all that will show up in real time on a TV that’s hooked up to an Apple TV?

    I thought I understood that this was going to be available with iOS5, but I keep getting different answers from Apple store employees, and they seem to profess total innocence about ios5 being able to do this. One employee sold me an Apple TV, saying I could do all this right now (haven’t opened it up yet, but when I called the store just to be sure, that person said I would need the Hdmi cable for now. I guess she’s right, but when I asked her if there wasn’t some way I could do this wirelessly, and wasn’t the iOS5 going to have this a ability, she “didn’t know about that.”

    So, related question, should I take the appleTV back in the meantime, just In case they update that?

    • Anonymous June 27, 2011 at 8:58 PM -

      Hi Seatutor,

      When iOS 5 comes out in the fall everything on an iPad 2 will be streamed via the Apple TV to your big screen TV. This is a beta version of iOS 5, and as you can see in the video every single thing I do on the iPad 2 is up to the TV in real time. This is only an iPad 2 feature, and will not be an iPhone 4 or iPad 1.

      Hope that helps,

  11. TG3 July 7, 2011 at 9:58 PM -

    Will we be able to mirror an ipad2 to another ipad2–say to have the same movie playing on each for road trips? Or is IO5 limiting mirroring to AppleTV2? Wondering if this is why they pulled Airview App.

    • Idalee September 13, 2011 at 10:52 AM -

      The genius store called, they’re rnniung out of you.

  12. Billy July 23, 2011 at 6:27 AM -

    Does widescreen video fill up the whole screen? Or is it still letter-boxed on the sides?

  13. Deon September 12, 2011 at 8:29 PM -

    Thank you so much for this arictle, it saved me time!

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