If you own an Apple TV (the 2nd gen model and above) then AirPlay is potentially one of the coolest new features included in the recent iOS 4.2 software update for the iPad. AirPlay allows you to stream content from your iPad or iPhone (or touch) to your TV screens via Apple TV. The content you can stream is pretty limited right now, but should expand in the future – through Apple updates.
How To Use Airplay With Apple TV
For now, you can stream YouTube videos, some of your own videos taken with an iPhone (though via a fairly convoluted process), audio from the iPod app and 3rd party apps that have been updated to support AirPlay and photos. Audio and photos are my two favourite things to stream so far. Who doesn’t love seeing all your latest shoots of family and friends on a great big screen, especially with no need for cables. How to use AirPlay to stream your photos from the iPad is easy once you know how, but it may not be immediately obvious to all so I thought I’d offer some quick pointers on using it here.
Requirements how to use AirPlay for streaming work:
- An Apple TV – the new 2nd generation model that was released earlier this year.
- An iPad running iOS 4.2 or later.
- Your iDevice and Apple TV must be on the same local Wi-Fi network.
How to Use AirPlay to Stream Photos from the Photos App.
First. When you first open the Photos app you will not see an AirPaly button.
Second. In order to see the AirPlay button you must open an album or your entire photo library and tap on an individual photo. Once you have done that, you will see the AirPlay button at the top right of the screen. The icon is an unfilled rectangle with a solid triangle jutting into it from the middle of bottom.
Third. Tap on the AirPaly button and you’ll be presented with a small pop-over where you toggle the display to either your iPad or to Apple TV. You can also make use of the AirPlay button from within a photos slide-show.