In an earlier movie, I talked about displaying the iPad's interface to an attached TV or a projector using a wired HDMI or VGA connection. There's another way to project the iPad for TV, and this one is wireless. It's called AirPlay. The idea is this: using AirPlay, you can play media from the iPod and videos apps to a compatible receiving device. Now as we record this, the device most people are likely to use is an Apple TV2. It works this way. Plug in Apple TV into your HDTV and connect it to the Internet.
Then on the Apple TV, navigate to the Settings menu and select AirPlay. We'll take a look. Move over to settings, select AirPlay and sure enough, AirPlay is switched on. Also, be sure that it's using the same network that your iPad is on. Now, let's move to the iPad and launch Settings. Here I select iPod and in the Home Sharing area, I want to make sure that my Apple ID and password are entered.
Now let's see how it works in the Videos app. I select Videos. Here's a movie. I tap the movie to launch it. I tap Play, and here's our movie. Now I tap the screen and I tap on the AirPlay icon and I choose Apple TV. As you can see, the video appears on the TV and not on the iPad's screen.
Now let's quit Videos, and I am going to show you something else. Now the Videos app isn't the only app that supports AirPlay. You can use AirPlay with the iPad's Photos app as well, and I'll show you how to this. Tap Photos. We're going to select an album. I'll select a photo and choose the AirPlay icon. I'll select the Apple TV as the output, and now I have the option to flick through my photos to show my slideshow.
Quit out of photos. Now this works in other apps as well. You can use it with Safari video. You can also use it with YouTube video. One another thing I want to show you is the iPod app. So we tap iPod. We'll select a tune. It starts playing on the iPad. Tap the screen, select Apple TV, and it plays out of the TV.
We'll stop that playing and return to the home screen. One of the greatest things about AirPlay is that it's portable, and it's reasonably affordable. For $99, you can have an Apple TV 2. It's small. It can be jacked at any modern HDTV, even the ones you find in a hotel or a conference room. As long as you have a Wi-Fi connection, you can take much of the media that's on your iPad and present it to a group of people. These can be business associates, family, or friends.
I love AirPlay and once you give it a go, I think you will too.
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