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.