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iOS 7 includes a feature called AirPlay, which is a technology that gives you the ability to stream content from your iOS device to any AirPlay enabled device, like an Apple TV, an Airport Express. Or one of many third party AirPlay products like stereos and remote speakers. All you have to do is make sure your iPhone and AirPlay device are both on the same network. For this example, I have an Airport Express and an Apple TV, all connected to the same network my iPhone is currently on. So let's say I want to stream some music from my iPhone to my Apple TV. I'll tell my iPhone to stream any audio I'm playing to the Apple TV by opening Control Center, and here I'll tap the AirPlay button.
This gives me a list of available AirPlay devices and I'll choose the Apple TV. Now, if you want, you can choose mirroring mode which streams your devices display to the Apple TV, like this. Now if you don't want to to see your iPhone on the TV, just turn mirroring off. But leave the Apple TV set as the AirPlay device. That way only music and video and other apps that support AirPlay streaming will play through the Apple TV I'll tap Done and close control center. And I'll go to my Music app and start a song playing and in just a few seconds you should be hearing it through my Apple TV.
I'll just pause that for a moment. So that's pretty cool, and it works pretty much the same way for video. This is especially nice if you're watching a video on your IPhone and then want to switch to your Apple TV. I'll start a video playing. I'll go into my photos library and find a video, I'll tap play, and just like that my video is playing through my Apple TV. And this is done without any cables, copying or file conversions needed. So imagine you download a movie to watch on your iPhone during a flight, but you don't get to finish watching it.
When you get home, you can plop down in front of your TV and pick up exactly where you left off. But AirPlay also works in your photo library for photos. I can browse through my library, find a photo, and because I have AirPlay turned on, it goes right to my Apple TV. I can see my photos both on my iPhone and on the Apple TV simulatneously. This is a great way to share photos with a room full of people, you can either manually flick through you album or even tap the Play button to play a slideshow. So, that's AirPlay. Now AirPlay is supported on apps made by Apple like the music and video apps and the photos app like we just saw. And you may also find that AirPlay supported in other third party apps that you use.
But it depends on whether the developer of the app has built AirPlay functionality into it. Most developers do explicitly state when their apps support AirPlay, though, because it's a great feature, and app developers will want to let you know that they have it built into their apps.
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