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east85
Feb 17, 2012, 05:39 AM
I understand certain processors are unsupported for Airplay support, but how do they go about enforcing this?



pacmania1982
Feb 17, 2012, 06:02 AM
Certain processors are unsupported for AirPlay?

Not sure what you mean...

Please clarify your query

pac

miles01110
Feb 17, 2012, 06:04 AM
I understand certain processors are unsupported for Airplay support, but how do they go about enforcing this?

A simple hardware check?

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east85
Feb 17, 2012, 06:10 AM
Certain processors are unsupported for AirPlay?

Not sure what you mean...

Please clarify your query

pac

I was told that Apple chose to restrict the AirPlay features in ML to newer models featuring Sandy Bridge processors (i5, i7, etc).

simsaladimbamba
Feb 17, 2012, 06:12 AM
I was told that Apple chose to restrict the AirPlay features in ML to newer models featuring Sandy Bridge processors (i5, i7, etc).

Where were you told this?

blevins321
Feb 17, 2012, 06:15 AM
Where were you told this?

One of the MR news articles (on phone so cannot see which) specifically stated that it's for "second generation Intel processors only."

east85
Feb 17, 2012, 06:54 AM
Where were you told this?

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1325192

Post #5.

Also I could have swore I read it in an article here, but I can't seem to find it ATM.

east85
Feb 17, 2012, 07:27 AM
A simple hardware check?

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I guess hearing this news is rather bothersome to me. I really am hoping there is a legitimate reason to restrict the feature, other than encouraging people to upgrade. I really don't see how some of the later core duo processors can't handle this.

DustinT
Feb 17, 2012, 08:07 AM
It's not just the processors that were upgraded in the systems Apple is referring to. Many of them feature a newer WiFi adapter which enables some media streaming and dual streaming features. It's entirely possible some of those WiFi enhancements are required for the streaming to work.

To answer the OP's question, Apple has many ways of knowing which hardware it's OS is running on. It could merely check the driver version for the WiFi adapter or the Kernel's proc id functions.

east85
Feb 17, 2012, 08:09 AM
It's not just the processors that were upgraded in the systems Apple is referring to. Many of them feature a newer WiFi adapter which enables some media streaming and dual streaming features. It's entirely possible some of those WiFi enhancements are required for the streaming to work.

To answer the OP's question, Apple has many ways of knowing which hardware it's OS is running on. It could merely check the driver version for the WiFi adapter or the Kernel's proc id functions.

Good point, this will probably be the end culprit for the discrepancy.