In case you don’t know, the latest Apple TV’s Airplay feature doesn’t work with some Apple devices. Correct me if I’m completely wrong, I think MacBook Pro and Air laptops that debuted before 2011 cannot use Airplay. Can’t talk about Mac Pro, because I don’t have one. Furthermore, Airplay isn’t compatible with iPad 1 and iPhone versions that came out before iPhone 4. Specifically, I had said Airplay would not be compatible with MacBook Pro and Air that debuted before 2011, but I’ve found out that Airplay can be used with iTunes regardless how Airplay isn’t compatible with Mac laptops that came out before 2011. There is a catch though, Airplay can only work with iTunes on older Mac laptops if you’re running the latest Mac OS X Mountain Lion operating system.
I had to scratch my head when I played around with Apple TV, because I couldn’t fathom Apple’s refusal in making Airplay to work with older MacBook whatever (i.e., the ones that came out before 2011). With older MacBook whatever, it would be that you lied if you told me about how you could find the Airplay icon on the menu bar. Anyhow, my curiosity caught fire when I had iTunes on mid 2010 MacBook Pro used Airplay to stream videos onto Apple TV. So, I was rather frustrated to see that Apple allowed iTunes on older hardware to use Airplay as long the older hardware could run the latest Mac OS X Mountain Lion operating system and yet refused to let anything else to work with Airplay.
Luckily, I got iPad 2, and it worked just fine with Airplay. So, if you have iPad 1, you would be out of luck! As I explored Apple TV a little more, I found out that iPhone 4 would work with Airplay just fine too. I concluded that Airplay made Apple TV. Sure, Apple TV did have other features such as Home Sharing, but these other features could be found on any Mac. Home Sharing required iTunes to stream from Mac to Apple TV, and so Apple users would be limited to iTunes content only. Airplay changed the game as users could just either mirroring or stream 1080p resolution videos from Apple devices to Apple TV, consequently pretty pictures would fly on whatever big screen TV.
To tell the truth, if your big screen TV can be just as smart as a computer, you probably have no need for Apple TV unless you’ve really wanted to stream some videos from iPad 2 or so. For me personally, Apple TV has saved my dumb TV as it got no brainiac features as other smart big screen TVs. Nonetheless, I don’t care how smart my TV can get if I can’t use Airplay, therefore I have to say Airplay is the only feature I like most on Apple TV. Oh, I forgot to tell you that you can definitely play video games on a dumb big screen TV through Apple TV’s Airplay. Cool?
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