AirPlay - AirPlay is a technology invented by and used by Apple to let users broadcast audio, video, and photos to compatible WiFi-connected devices.
AirPlay for Music, Video, & Photos
AirPlay allows users to stream music, video, and photos from their iTunes library or iOS device to computers, speakers and stereo components, AirPort Express, and the second-generation Apple TV. Speakers, video devices like the Apple TV, and apps must be AirPlay compatible in order for the streaming to work. They must also be on the same WiFi network.
- iOS 4.2 or newer
- iPhone 3GS or newer
- All iPad models
- 2nd generation iPod touch or newer.
AirPlay Mirroring enables users of certain AirPlay-compatible devices to display whatever is on their device's screen on AirPlay-compatible Apple TVs. This allows users to show the website, game, video, or other content on their device's screen on the bigscreen HDTV that the Apple TV is attached to. This is achieved via Wi-Fi (wired mirroring, using a cable, doesn't require the Apple TV). Devices that support Airplay Mirroring are:
- iPhone 4S
- iPad 2
- 2nd generation Apple TV
AirPlay for Printing
AirPlay also enables wireless printing from iOS devices to WiFi-connected printers that support the technology. The name for this feature is AirPrint. A full list AirPlay compatible printers is available here.
AirPlay on Windows
While Mac users can stream content from their iOS devices to their computers via AirPlay, there is no official AirPlay feature for Windows. There are, however, third-party software tools that bring AirPlay support to Windows.
Former Name: AirTunes
AirPlay replaced a previous Apple technology called AirTunes, which only allowed the streaming of music, not the other kinds of data that AirPlay supports.