How to enable AirPlay Mirroring on your Mac with ‘Reflection’

By , Feb 29, 2012

It’s one of those feature that seem so painfully obvious, but no one took advantage of the opportunity until now.

Reflection is an app for the Mac that allows you to use AirPlay Mirroring from your iPhone 4S or your iPad 2 directly to your Mac.

In times past, the only way to perform mirroring was via an Apple TV set-top box device. No longer.

For those of you who have no desire to purchase an Apple TV, or frankly don’t want to see your iOS device replicated on a 60″ Goliath, then Reflection is the perfect choice for you.

If all you care about is mirroring, why drop nearly a hundred bucks on an Apple TV? Now that Reflection is here, you no longer have to.

In my hands-on time with AirPlay Mirroring on my 27″ iMac, I came away seriously impressed. Not only was the lag minimal (it’s very snappy, about as good as you can get), it was much better than what I had experienced when using mirroring the “official” way on an Apple TV.

As a bonus, Reflection features borders that you can use to replicate the look of an iPad or iPhone, along with the ability to dismiss those borders and manually adjust the size of your mirrored window.

After all this time of wondering what is taking so long for an app like this to appear on the scene, it’s apparent that the team behind Reflection has been in the kitchen all of this time cooking up something special for us.

The app is super easy to use, just install it, and let it run. Whenever you want to showcase your iOS device on your Mac, just open up the App Switcher on your iPhone or iPad, swipe over until you see the AirPlay button, and enable AirPlay Mirroring to your Mac.

I urge you to at least give the free 10 minute demo a try ($14.99 to purchase) to see what I mean. Thanks to Alex for the heads up Tweet, which made me aware of the app’s existence.

Would you consider using Reflection? If you’re not convinced, then be sure to check out our extensive video coverage above.

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  • http://twitter.com/rexexdesign Alexander Reimann

    Damn, not working for me. I’m on a Macbook Pro 17″ on Lion 10.7.3 and I have tried it with the iPAD2 and iPhone4 Jailbroken, both see my macbook but when I start the reflection app, it acts like the finder, no window, no frame nothing, complete emptiness. When I connect to the Macbook it times out after a few seconds… otherwise this could be really cool!

    • http://twitter.com/BouchardAnthony Anthony Bouchard

      It’s not made to work with the iPhone 4.

  • Kok Hean

    Lags a lot. Games’ landscape orientation is messed up – squished into portrait mode.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone got this working with older iPhones/iPads?

    • Kok Hean

      AirPlay Mirroring = 4S and iPad 2

      • Anonymous

        If you read my question *carefully* enough, you start to realize that I *didn’t* ask what devices AirPlay Mirroring is *running* on. I’ve asked whether someone got this working on older devices.

      • Kok Hean

        I assume that older devices wouldn’t work with this, as they don’t support mirroring. That’s why I indirectly said that AirPlay mirroring isn’t available on older devices. However, the first commenter said that he got his iPhone 4 working with it for a while.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679227198 Daniel Granath

      I think there is a Cydia Tweak for that! You can google yourself.

  • http://twitter.com/jake1047s jacob wolin

    Will this work with 10.5.8 on a PowerBook g4?

  • http://twitter.com/jake1047s jacob wolin

    Will this work with 10.5.8 on a PowerBook g4?

  • Anonymous

    Can it offer just plain video airplay? I can’t get that to work; just mirroring for some reason.

    • http://twitter.com/binarydivided Filip Langer

      Try AirServer ;)

  • Anonymous

    I was just searching around for something like this just the other day; I thought it would be a neat thing to play with, even though I have no real reason for airplay mirroring. I’ll definitely be trying this after work. Maybe someone will come up with a Windows version next, that way it’s convenient for everyone.

  • Anonymous

    Doh, no support for the iPhone 4 (I presume this is an Apple artificial limitation). Are there Jailbreak tweaks like Display-out for AirPlay mirroring?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=698362707 Kevin Rutledge

    As a pastor who wants to preach from my keynote on iPad and control the slides, I née a way to send the video to the pc connected to the projector.

  • http://twitter.com/GuyBey0ndC00L eDDie

    Do the have Reflection or anything like it for PC USERS. Running iOS 5.0.1 on iPhone 4S jailbroking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alborz-Heydaryan/100001666434300 Alborz Heydaryan

    iPhone 4S
    MacBook Pro core 2 duo.
    i don’t see the airplay button in the app switcher…