iOS 8 Introduces Peer-to-Peer AirPlay Playback, Easy iOS to Mac Screen Capture

iOS 8 introduces a new peer-to-peer AirPlay feature that will allow iOS devices to stream content to the Apple TV without the need for a shared network connection. Currently, an iOS device must be on the same WiFi network as an Apple TV, which can make it a hassle to use AirPlay when away from home.

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The new feature is described on Apple's iOS 8 enterprise preview page, as delinking AirPlay from WiFi will make it far easier for people to use AirPlay in classrooms and businesses that may have complicated networks.
With iOS 8, you can wirelessly connect iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to Apple TV without first connecting to the organization's network. Which means you can present or share your work even if you're offline or the organization has a complex network.
With iOS 8, Apple will also make it easier to capture video from an iOS device directly on a Mac. As described by our sister site TouchArcade, an iOS 8 device plugged in to a Mac will show up as a camera, which can have its screen recorded in QuickTime. This feature is designed for developers to create app previews, but end users will also be able to use the function to record their device screens with iOS 8 and Yosemite.

Apple's new peer-to-peer AirPlay feature and the iOS 8/Yosemite video capturing capabilities will be available to the public this fall, following the official launch of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.

Related roundups: iOS 8, iOS 8 Features

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7 months ago
AirPlay is one of the most underrated features of iOS. This update makes it even better.
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7 months ago

... So anyone walking by my house could stream Rebecca Black to my Apple TV ? :eek:


Only on Fridays. :D
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7 months ago
... So anyone walking by my house could stream Rebecca Black to my Apple TV ? :eek:
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7 months ago

Nice, now hurry up Apple and release Apple TV 4 with built in 16GB storage, App store, A8 chip, 802.11ac, gigabit ethernet, usb 3.0 port and mkv/avi support. Yes I am dreaming haha

AVI is an old and outdated container which no one should use these days. MKV would be nice though.
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7 months ago
Nice, now hurry up Apple and release Apple TV 4 with built in 16GB storage, App store, A8 chip, 802.11ac, gigabit ethernet, usb 3.0 port and mkv/avi support. Yes I am dreaming haha
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7 months ago

AirPlay is one of the most underrated features of iOS. This update makes it even better.


When it works, it's awesome.

Apple need to improve airplay stability if they want more business use.
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7 months ago

never had any problems so far... even my diskstation airplays videos to it without problems, even if its not an apple device.


For me it works about 60% of the time. I constantly have to reset the wireless on my iDevices.

It is very inconsistent.
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7 months ago
I hope that direct device to Apple TV connections will mean less lag, so that Apple TV gaming can become viable.
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7 months ago
This could also be helpful for frequent travelers in hotel rooms that have no wired connection. Most hotel wifi requires you agreeing to some sort of conditions on a portal page to get on their wifi, and the ATV doesn't do that. This way you could connect via your phone or laptop and Airplay it to the ATV to stream what you want. Of course, you could always buy the HDMI adapter for you device for less than an ATV, I suppose.
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7 months ago
I would love to be able to AirPlay from my iPhone to my iPad!
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