As big fans of the Apple TV, we’re making it our business to get the word out about how great Apple’s so-called “hobby” device is for a variety of purposes.
The bottom line is that we can’t live without our little $99 wonder device, so it’s no surprise when someone like Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks just like we do.
We’ve shown you some of the amazing benefits that jailbreaking your Apple TV can provide, but there’s also quite a few perks for those that aren’t jailbroken. One of those is AirPlay Mirroring — a technology that lets you mirror your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 screen 1:1 for an awesome big screen experience.
The most obvious reason to use AirPlay mirroring is for gaming. More and more game developers are following Real Racing 2′s lead by offering modes of play that are tweaked for the AirPlay Mirroring experience.
With Real Racing 2 you can play in full 720p HD, control your vehicle using your iPhone or iPad as the steering wheel, and have different UI elements on the small screen versus the big screen. It all adds up to what is essentially a console experience — this is the future.
Then there’s web browsing, presentations, movie streaming, Pandora, and a variety of other valid uses for the technology. It also works great for giving Keynote presentations on the big screen.
AirPlay mirroring is just one of the reasons that the Apple TV is so instrumental in our day to day lives. If you have an A5 device like an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S, we highly recommend you check it out.
What do you think? Is AirPlay the future of console gaming?