The Apple TV is the only failure we can pin on Apple. They may be lording over the tablet and smartphone sectors but Apple TV is really a big blackeye to them because despite the 2nd Generation Apple TV’s release last year, very few are buying them. Apple’s remedy for this sad fact is the new iOS 5 AirPlay Mirroring feature!
Since Google is currently rolling out Android Market support for Google TV products, Apple TV owners will also soon be able to enjoy the gazillions of apps on iTunes Market. Yes, my friends, this can be a compelling reason to buy the Apple TV because when iOS 5 arrives this coming Fall, all Apple devices will be able to transmit their screen’s content to Apple TV-equipped giant HDTV displays. AirPlay Mirroring added the list of iOS 5 Best Features.
It’s not real native apps support for the Apple TV but iOS 5’s AirPlay Mirroring technique is already adequate to inspire people to purchase Apple TV boxes if they already own an iPhone or iPad 2. This feature will only require people to pay extra for a Digital AV Adapter and Apple TV owners will soon be enjoying Angry Birds or Doodle Jump on their widescreen TVs such as the LG 47LX6500 47″ 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV!
As demonstrated by the company, AirPlay Mirroring works well on iPad 2. Just select Apple TV as an output device in the menu bar and everything that’s on the iPad’s screen will instantly be replicated on TV! Games, apps, utilities, browsers, everything will run on the Apple TV device just like it would on an iPad 2 or iPhone 4!
This is actually better than Google TV because if you want to play a game on it, you will have to pay for the app again but with Apple’s iOS 5 AirPlay Mirroring, you only need to pay once! Play games and run apps on an Apple TV-equipped HDTV for free if the said games and apps, such as Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, is already on the iPhone or iPad.
Firemint Developers, creator of the very popular Real Racing HD iOS game, announced that Real Racing HD Wireless version will be released when iOS 5 comes. Apple is already working out more deals with game and app developers for them to create AirPlay Mirroring-compatible softwares!
Apple TV is still selling for just $99 at all Apple retail stores. The Digital AV Adapter is sold separately for $39 only.