We did a post about the future of iOS gaming a few days ago, but the article only touched on the potential of the young platform.  For the last couple of years, Apple has been putting pieces in place to make iOS a heavy hitter in the mobile gaming industry.

First, there came the App Store, which provided a distribution channel for iOS games. Then came innovations like the 3-axis gyroscope for motion control and AirPlay to wirelessly stream content. The latest piece of the puzzle is the new iPad 2 mirroring feature in iOS 5

With the new mirroring feature, gameplay from an iPad 2 can be wirelessly streamed to your TV set (provided you have an Apple TV2) in full HD. You can even control the on-screen action using the iPad 2’s touch screen or its built-in motion sensor.

Check out this awesome demo video from the folks over at Apple’n’Apps. Notice how Real Racing 2‘s dual screen mode works over AirPlay. The action shows up in 1080p on the big screen, while the iPad displays useful in-game information.

I’m surprised at how well the mirroring works, considering none of the apps have been optimized for the new feature. Imagine when developers start designing applications based on the new AirPlay technology.

I’m thinking that an iPad 2 bowling game mirrored on a TV screen would be a good time. Especially since it would be possible to connect an iPod touch or iPhone to use as a Wii-style remote, allowing you to actually roll the ball. Wow, Apple may really be onto something here.

How would you take advantage of Apple’s new wireless mirroring feature?


  • You guys have so much news today!

  • Nick

    Its Wii U but more expensive! But with A ton of more games.

    Sounds sick, I hope it works with iPhones too

  • Dreaming

    That looks really cool. I’m thinking the small lag is still going to be an issue for some people though. Especially for gaming. Are there any games that use the iPod or iPhone as a controller for the iPad? I would think a direct connection with HDMI from the iPad to TV and using the iPhone or iPod as a controller especially for racing games would eliminate lag completely.
    I’m thinking the iPad could be the next home console. Imagine if someone came out with an actual controller as well with buttons and joy sticks. Apple get on this!

  • I’m upgrading my iPad 2 to try this out now…

  • Nat

    Wii rip off much I’ll stick to the wii when it comes out

  • Rmspwr

    I do beleave nintendo has been working on This for a while now with more and better features. But as allways apple will steal I mean innovate it and make it better in the eyes of apple fanboys

  • Roli

    Remember that iOS 5 is stil beta… maybe the final version won’t lag

  • DannyMarks

    That’s fooking amazing! Will iPhone 4 be cabable of this?

  • jwelden21

    you have said before on this site that the iPhone will also mirror to the tv with iOS 5, but in this article you emphasize “iPad 2 mirroring feature in iOS 5” So will the iPhone mirror or not???

    • It depends on the context. If you use the HDMI adapter with the iPhone 4 (or VGA) and you have a jailbreak tweak like DisplayOut running — yes the iPhone mirrors.
      But to my knowledge, the iPhone does not currently mirror via AirPlay (wirelessly).

  • jwelden21

    That sucks, thanks for the reply Cody.

  • XepptizZ

    For anyone calling this a Wii rip, the app “hungry shark” has been doing the ipod/iphone controller thing for a few months now. Adding info to the screen is nothing more than a natural evolution.

    And nintendo is simply jumping on the touchscreen bandwagon like sony. Face it, it’s a copy and paste industry. Anyone siding with he stole who is a freaking fanboy. Ya nintenturds.

  • Rmspwr

    Afew months u say on and just a app cool and yeah touchscreens been around way before apple introduced the retna display yada yada any and everycopany will use touchscreen eventruly And yes it’s a copy cat world but it does not change the fact nintendo has been working on this since 2009 and Microsoft 2008 I don’t care to continue in commenting on this thread have a nice day 🙂