Airplay Made Apple TV

Apple TV

Apple TV

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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I Love My iPad Very Much, But I Can’t Just Be So Close To It Even Though I Really Want To! Kinky?

Left: iPhone 4. Right: iPad 2. Placed together...

Left: iPhone 4. Right: iPad 2. Placed together for size comparison. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is my honest assessment of my iPad usage since the day I bought it.  I have an iPad 2 from very early on, but I rarely use it!  How come?  Before I start to rant on, let me get something straight first!  I don’t plan to buy iPad 3 or however Apple calls it (the new iPad, I believe), because I rarely use iPad 2.  So, how come, right?  Well, iPad is a very good device and I’m loving it, but it’s just so limited for me.  Check out the points below that shine some light on why iPad 2 is so limited for me.

  • Watching Netflix on iPad 2 isn’t so satisfying, because I have my big screen TV (hooking up with PS3 and Xbox 360 for Netflix) or a 27″ computer monitor (hooking up with computer to watch Netflix)!
  • I find myself prefer watching Netflix on iPhone 4 since it’s lighter and smaller for on the go purpose (i.e., traveling).
  • Reading on iPad 2 is so so, because I prefer to read it with dedicated E-ink device such as Amazon’s Kindle.
  • Playing video games on iPad 2 isn’t fun, because I prefer better game experiences on my dedicated gaming PC/Desktop, Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles.
  • I find myself playing video games on iPhone 4 more than iPad 2 since iPhone 4 can be carried around at all times — how iPhone 4 follows me through thick and thin and I don’t imagine myself carrying iPad 2 around all day.
  • Working with files on iPad 2 just plain suck!  I rather do this on my MacBook Pro and Windows 7 PC and Ubuntu laptop.
  • Creating contents (e.g., making short films for YouTube, writing articles) with iPad 2 is a no no for me, because iPad 2 doesn’t have the power and the tools for me to work with my creative contents.  Plus, I cannot save my creative contents to local storage bank easily.  I care about the cloud, but I do care about local storage bank even more for obvious reasons (e.g., on-site access to save bandwidth, the whole nine yards).
  • I’ve always feel odd for holding iPad 2 in Starbucks, and yet I don’t feel odd for holding iPhone in Starbucks.  Don’t ask me why, because I don’t even know why!
  • Camera on iPhone 4 just works better than iPad 2 — probably the holding of iPhone 4 feels much more comfortable for camera usage purpose.
  • iPad 2 is great for browsing the web, but since I like to do many things at once (e.g., playing games, email, web browsing, creating contents, playing more games) and so I prefer to work with more powerful devices such as MacBook Pro and Windows 7 Desktop.
  • Listening to music cannot be done on iPad 2 in my case, because native Spotify app has not yet come out for iPad.  Plus, the sound on iPad 2 is a no no for listening to music.  I rather listen to music through iPhone 4 that hooks to my car’s auxiliary port (i.e., better sound from car’s array of speakers) or the awesome speakers from my PC.
  • I love blogging as you can see what I’m doing right now on this blog, but I’ve found out that blogging on iPad 2 is a real pain in the you know what.  End of story for this particular point, because iPad 2 cancels its true purpose if I have to carry an extra keyboard or bulky keyboard case around with it.

In the end, I think my iPad 2 is only a good backup for my iPhone 4.  That’s, when iPhone 4 runs out of battery and needs to be recharged.  That’s, when iPhone 4 needs to be replaced by another smartphone or iPhone newer generation model/device.  That’s, when iPhone 4 has issued with a particular on the go app (but this is most unlikely for me).  So, my honest opinion on iPad 2 or any iPad in general is that I don’t really care to have iPad, because it seems to me the device is just another netbook but with just some more advantages (i.e., not a whole lot more advantages I mean) in fashion, trend, and portability.  I’m not even close to 40s, and yet I feel I’m too old for the people who think iPad is the only thing they ever need!  I do feel smartphone has become evermore useful in terms of portability and usability, but I can’t say so for iPad!  Let me end this blog post with this, “I love my iPad very much, but I can’t just be so close to it even though I really want to!”  Kinky?

My Take On Why I Don’t Need iPad 3 Yet Or If Ever!

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Although Apple simply names the newest iPad yet as the new iPad, I prefer to refer to the new iPad as iPad 3!  Why?  It’s simply making more sense to call the third version of the iPad as iPad 3 than calling iPad 3 as the new iPad.  This is my personal take anyway!

Should I buy iPad 3 even though I already have iPad 2?  This question must be running through any iPad 2 owner’s mind lately.  Of course, the answer to this question cannot be generalized since everyone is different in regarding to how one wishes to use iPad 2 or 3.  Personally, I think I stick with my iPad 2 for the obvious reasons.

  1. My iPad 2 looks shiny and new as the day I first unboxed it!
  2. Although my iPad 2 is 3G capable, I don’t use it with 3G but with WiFi only — so iPad 3’s 4G LTE will not be useful to me!
  3. iPad 2 has a camera which I rarely use, and so iPad 3’s better camera might be just as useless.  A camera on iPad might be only useful for FaceTime, but taking photos with it would be rather cumbersome since it’s not easily to be handled as a smartphone or a real camera.
  4. It turns out the speed of iPad 3’s processor is not much improved over iPad 2’s processor (i.e., hardly noticing).  This website has a post on the comparison of the speeds of the processors of the iPad 2 and 3.
  5. It’s well known iPad 3’s graphic is hugely improved over iPad 2, but come to think of iPad 2 graphic, it’s not bad.  Plus, if I really want to see something gorgeous digitally, I would use my big flat screen TV anyway.  Also, my Windows Desktop has a very nice 25″ monitor which works beautifully in term of displaying gorgeous images.  I think iPad 2 is perfectly OK as displaying things on the go as it is.  Perhaps, iPad 6 or 7 comes out, then I’ll upgrade just for the heck of it to have a how many more times gorgeous display on the go (i.e., how many more times better graphic than iPad 3).
  6. iPad 3 has more RAM than iPad 2.  Even though iPad 2 has half of the RAM of iPad 3, I don’t see myself doing anything that is so RAM expensive on a tablet that I have to go for iPad 3.  Come to think of it, iPad 3’s 1 GB of RAM isn’t so much more than iPad 2’s 512 MB RAM, because anything RAM heavy in traditional sense might have to be 2 GB of RAM or more.  Well, that’s my take anyway on RAM spec for iPads.
  7. iPad 2 is thinner and lighter and has the similar battery lifespan as iPad 3, I think I’ll stick with iPad 2 for now!
  8. iPad 3’s design isn’t so different or better than iPad 2, therefore I don’t see iPad 2 is out of fashion in term of trend.
  9. Perhaps, when I buy iPad 9, I can brag I still have iPad 2 all along — and it looks shiny as the day I first bought it!

The reasons above are my take on why I should not buy an iPad 3!  Of course, the people who never have had an iPad ever, they should not follow my reasoning on why I should not buy an iPad 3, because they don’t even have an iPad yet!  Plus, I think the first generation iPad owners should consider an upgrade to iPad 3, because the specs for iPad 3 are vastly improved over their first generation iPad.  It’s just that I think iPad 2 owners might need to think twice before they decide to upgrade their iPad 2 to iPad 3, because it’s just too expensive and too early to do so (i.e., the improvements of iPad 3 over iPad 2 aren’t vast).  To end this post, I have to say the day I see myself upgrading from iPad 2 to whatever iPad newest version yet is the day that I have to use an app that is too powerful for iPad 2 to handle!

Smart Cover Security Flaw For iOS 5 On iPad 2

iPad 2 which uses iOS 5 has a major security flaw in regarding to the use of Smart Cover.  Smart Cover is able to unlock the password protected lock screen to reveal only the recent opened application.  Fortunately, this flaw won’t allow the exploration of everything else there is on iPad 2, because the password protected lock screen returns after someone exits the recent opened application.  If this is unclear, you can check out the video right after the break to get a better understanding of iPad 2’s Smart Cover iOS 5 security flaw.

You can disable the iPad Cover Lock / Unlock feature to temporary fix Smart Cover iOS 5 security flaw.  Here is how to disable iPad Cover Lock / Unlock feature:

  1. Go into Settings,
  2. Go to General,
  3. Switch On to Off for iPad Cover Lock / Unlock

Want to know how to repeat the Smart Cover iOS 5 security flaw on iPad 2?  Here is how:

  1. Open up an app such as Reminders
  2. Push the power button once to turn off the iPad 2 screen
  3. Push the power button again to make sure the lock screen is on
  4. Slide the slide to unlock slider to expose the password request screen
  5. Get out of the password request screen
  6. Hold down the power button till you see the slider which asks you to slide to power off the iPad 2.  Don’t slide it!
  7. Covering up iPad 2 with the Smart Cover, and the Smart Cover has to secure to iPad 2 correctly.
  8. Uncovering the iPad 2 by lifting the Smart Cover to the backside of iPad 2.
  9. Hit the cancel button to reveal the current/recent opened application which is the Reminders.  You will notice that you can also use the Reminders as usual.  The password protected lock screen will reappear when you get out of the Reminders app.
  10. Before unlock the password protected lock screen, repeating the same process the second time around won’t work and reveal only the black screen.  To reenact this security flaw process again, you have to unlock the lock screen first by entering in the correct password.

Source:  http://9to5mac.com/2011/10/20/anyone-with-a-smart-cover-can-break-into-your-ipad-2/

Did You Know? iPhone’s Spotify App Can Be Installed And Used On iPads

Did you know that Spotify’s iPhone app can also be installed on iPad 2 and iPad?  It’s just that the resolution of iPhone’s Spotify app won’t display correctly (i.e., full size) on iPad 2 and iPad.  Nonetheless, you can enhance the resolution to 2x which still going to show a huge empty border around the contents.

Belkin Releases iPad 2 Cases With Keyboards

Why you want to use an iPad as a laptop is beyond me, because iPad isn’t meant to be a laptop or replacing a laptop.  Although it will be nice if iPad can replace a laptop without sacrificing laptop’s feels and features.  After all, iPad is way more portable than laptop in terms of weight and size.

For the people who want to turn their iPad 2s into laptops, they now can be happy that Belkin has released iPad 2 cases that come with keyboards to allow users to have the feeling of using real laptops.  From the video below, a representative for Belkin describes that Belkin’s Keyboard Folio for iPad 2 has a solid keyboard feel than most keyboards for iPad 2 in the market as we speak.

Furthermore, the keyboard can be tucked inside the case, and so Belkin’s Keyboard Folio seems to be a solid accessory product for iPad 2.  Anyhow, check out the video right after the break to see Belkin’s Keyboard Folio in action.