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AirPlay Mirroring coming to Macs in a few weeks

Published on June 22, 2012 by

Apple’s new operating system Mac OS X Mountain Lion should be available to the public in the next few weeks. Among the over new 200 features with Mountain Lion is AirPlay Mirroring.

AirPlay on a MacAirPlay Mirroring will wirelessly stream whatever is on your Mac to an HDTV via Apple TV. AirPlay Mirroring works in full 1080p video with stereo audio sound. This includes videos, webpages, photos and games.

Game Center is another feature coming to Macs with Mountain Lion. Game Center for Mac is cross-compatible with iOS devices. This means you will soon have head-to-head gaming from Macs to iOS devices and be able to stream the games to an HDTV.

At the WWDC 2012 Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi demonstrated AirPlay Mirroring on a Mac. Craig is playing on a Mac against Mr. X who is using an iPad. The game is mirrored using an Apple TV and seems to work with little to no lag.

Apple has not yet given an official release date for Mountain Lion, but they did say it will be out in July. The upgrade will cost Mac users only $19.99

AirPlay Mirroring to Mac

AirPlay Mirroring

Wireless mirroring
Send what’s on your Mac screen to an HDTV wirelessly with Apple TV. Mirroring is great for classrooms, conference rooms, and your living room.

High definition
AirPlay Mirroring sends a video stream automatically optimized for the HD capabilities of your Mac and Apple TV. It supports up to 1080p HD.

Automatic detection
When a Mac with Mountain Lion detects an Apple TV on the same network, the AirPlay Mirroring menu item appears in the menu bar.

Menu item
To wirelessly mirror your Mac to your HDTV, click the AirPlay Mirroring menu item and choose your Apple TV. Use the menu to select a different Apple TV on your network and set resolution matching.

Resolution matching
AirPlay Mirroring scales the contents of your Mac desktop to fit on your HDTV. For a sharper image, choose to set the resolution of your desktop to best match that of your Apple TV.

Seamless integration with iTunes
When you play movies or TV shows with iTunes on your Mac, AirPlay Mirroring will automatically switch to a full-screen AirPlay experience on your HDTV.

Encrypted streaming
AirPlay Mirroring uses encryption to securely send what’s on your Mac to your Apple TV.

Audio support
With AirPlay Mirroring, audio from your Mac is wirelessly sent to your Apple TV. You can use this feature independent of AirPlay Mirroring by selecting your Apple TV in the Sound pane of System Preferences.

High performance
AirPlay Mirroring takes advantage of advanced hardware video encoding to deliver high-definition mirroring efficiently and optimize processor use.

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