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Who has tried AirPlay Mirroring?

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by totemynote, Oct 15, 2011.

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    Is there a lag? Does it work with all apps? Please give your impressions of it. I'm debating getting a Apple TV specifically for this feature but haven't seen any solid reviews of it.
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    I have Apple TV. I see a lag every once in a while, but very few. I expect this since we are doing everything wirelessly. I think it is worth it since now you can see everything on the big screen and even play Pandora. Everything that you see on the ipad will now appear there as well.
    It took a little studying of various places to get everything needed to do this. One of the things I found that was a little unclear was where to find the button the ipad to get it working. Double click on the home button and swipe to the right to find mirroring icon.
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    Cool. Do you have Netflix or any of the cable companies apps? I know you said everything mirrors but I just want to make sure even these do too. I have a Netflix ready TV and cable but X-Finity has a lot of shows that are not available anywhere but the app.
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    I mirror bbc iplayer, which is a video app similar to Netflix. I have found that it isn't as smooth on tv as it is on iPad itself, also even on full screen the image on tv is smaller in like a box.
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    Ahh yeah, I had a feeling if it was possible it would be of poorer quality. I will probably get it anyway though, going to look for a used one on eBay/craigslist. It does seem like a cool feature after all. I am betting your photos mirror in high quality.
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    Photos are great, I mean the video mirroring is also very watchable, just not quite smooth enough but not bad. Maybe this will be corrected in the first update.
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    Yes, it'll improve in time I'm sure.

    Thanks for the info to both of you.
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    By the sound of it, where apps have built in AirPlay you may be better using those direct, I have iPad 1 so no unlimited mirroring, less RAM, slower processor but all the apps I use with AirPlay run sensationally.....I watched Thor via my iPad on a big screen TV and it looked amazing and I've also been watching the Rugby World Cup using the ITV RWC app and it looks pretty damn good. Just my 2 cents.


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    Yep, I'm off to the Apple store to get one. Called and they have them in stock. Wonder if they still have any 4S's LoL.
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    Oh it's never ending......my bank weeps when I go to the Apple Store!


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    I know it, right? There is one three miles from my house. Every single time I walk in I walk back about at least $50 lighter.

    [edit: But I never regret it]
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    apple tv have netflix built in, and to me its the best interface....my sony tv, the ps3, iOS app netflix, never tried my xbox netflix...but i prefer apple tv Netflix.

    youtube too...

    also my apple tv 2 is jailbroken, with more features than stock.
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    Netflix looks like crap on it. My apple Tv is going back to Best Buy this week. Total waste of money for me.
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    The apps will have much more definition than the mirroring and apple tv shows the netflix perfectly. Prehaps your connection is slow or your router is the problem. I find that tv shows from the network web sites will play just as good as what I am seeing on the ipad screen. As to what I am reading in this discussion let me say that this stuff sells itself and there is a place for everything. It is up to us to care for it.
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    Yes Netflix does look good DIRECTLY off Apple TV but doesn't have subtitles and my wife needs that option. My Internet speed is 50mb/s so if that's not fast enough for streaming then the apple tv device was a VERY poorly designed product indeed!
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    so are you taking it back?

    what made you buy it?

    which iPad do you have?

    do you have wi-fi?

    do you have surround sound?
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    I am so sorry that she has a disability, but you did not state that when you replied to the quality of this product. Again it is just an expression of our feelings.
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    Hey poser,

    I bought it mostly to stream Netflix from my iPad 2 over wifi. My Internet connection is plenty fast enough. I also have Netflix on my ps3 and Xbox but Xbox also does not have subtitles which is why I was hoping either the apple tv itself would have them. Sometimes the streaming is ok and other times it is really bad. I am also having problems with Netflix crashing or not working properly while streaming. Maybe it's a netflix problem so I may keep it a bit longer and test it out more thoroughly.
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    subtitles was added recently.

    About Apple TV (2nd generation) software updates

    Apple TV Software Update 4.4.1
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    [TD="bgcolor: #E2E2E2"]Summary[/TD]
    [/TR]
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    [TD]Software update[/TD]
    [TD]Addresses an issue that required a small number of Apple TV units to be connected to iTunes in order to complete the update.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]

    Apple TV Software Update 4.4
    [TABLE="width: 100%"]
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    [TD="bgcolor: #E2E2E2"]Feature[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #E2E2E2"]Summary[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="bgcolor: #FFFFFF"]
    [TD]Photo Stream[/TD]
    [TD]View photos recently taken on your iOS device and pushed to your Photo Stream in iCloud.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="bgcolor: #FFFFFF"]
    [TD]AirPlay Mirroring[/TD]
    [TD]Wirelessly stream what's on your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 screen to your HDTV.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="bgcolor: #FFFFFF"]
    [TD]National Hockey League *[/TD]
    [TD]Watch live games. View highlights, scores, and more.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="bgcolor: #FFFFFF"]
    [TD]Wall Street Journal[/TD]
    [TD]Watch up-to-date news, business commentary, and financial analysis from leading experts.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="bgcolor: #FFFFFF"]
    [TD]New Slideshow themes[/TD]
    [TD]Enjoy your photos on your HDTV with new slideshow themes: Photo Wall, Flip-up, Shifting Tiles.[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR="bgcolor: #FFFFFF"]
    [TD]Netflix[/TD]
    [TD]Added support for subtitles when available.

    [/TD]
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