Demo: Check Out AirPlay 2 on a Mac in macOS Monterey

With macOS Monterey, Apple has introduced expanded AirPlay 2 support, so you can ‌AirPlay‌ content from an iPhone, iPad, or even another Mac to your main Mac. We thought we'd do a quick demo of this handy new feature in our latest YouTube video.


With ‌AirPlay‌ to Mac, you can extend or mirror an Apple device's display to a Mac, and since two Macs are supported, a Mac can use another Mac as an external display, which is a kind of substitute for the Target Display Mode that used to exist for Macs.

‌AirPlay‌ to Mac works wirelessly or using an appropriate cable, and the wired connection is useful for cutting down on latency.

You can also turn your Mac into a speaker that can be used for multiroom audio alongside other ‌AirPlay‌ 2 devices.

‌AirPlay‌ to Mac works with the 2018 or later MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, 2019 or later iMac or Mac Pro, the ‌iMac‌ Pro, and the 2020 or later Mac mini.

Apple has also added a useful new Universal Control feature that lets you control multiple Macs and iPads with a single keyboard, trackpad, or mouse, but Universal Control does not appear to be functional in the initial ‌macOS Monterey‌ beta.

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Top Rated Comments

Spectrum Avatar
8 months ago
List of compatible macs is kind of pathetic though...This would be far more interesting to me if it worked to airplay to an older 4K or 5K iMac.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Thomas Apple Avatar
8 months ago
As a teacher who has a MacBook hooked up to the smart board, I can finally walk around class with my iPad and stream my screen to the board
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
locovaca Avatar
8 months ago

Why? Raspberry Pi's have been able to receive AirPlay (after installing a specific app) for years.
Airplay 1. Not Airplay 2.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MEJHarrison Avatar
8 months ago
It sounds like a cool feature. But what I'm not getting is the use case. Why would I AirPlay photos or videos when I could open Photos on my Mac and view the same content. Why would I AirPlay something like Netflix when I could go to Netflix in the browser. And so on.

I'm not saying it's not useful, just that I don't understand how. What am I missing?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SirAnthonyHopkins Avatar
8 months ago
Feels like this is Airfoil being fully Sherlocked.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppliedMicro Avatar
8 months ago

But what I'm not getting is the use case. Why would I AirPlay photos or videos when I could open Photos on my Mac and view the same content. Why would I AirPlay something like Netflix when I could go to Netflix in the browser. And so on.
Who says you have the same content on?

That sketching application you‘re using with a Pencil on your iPad, for instance?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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