Apple TV Software iOS 5 Features

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  1. jaw04005, Oct 4, 2011
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    jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    While missing from today's announcements, Apple TV will also receive an iOS 5 software update.

    Based on the developer beta, we already know it gets:

    - AirPlay Mirroring
    - Photo Stream support
    - New screen savers

    Also, Eddie Cue showed a new UI for purchased TV shows at today's keynote. However, I wouldn't be surprised to see a new UI for iCloud Music among other new features coming in the next software update.

    Edit: Looks like Music is coming.

    "So you can see what you’ve bought — no matter which device you bought it on. You can access your purchase history from the iTunes Store on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, or Apple TV. And since you already own the songs, albums, or TV shows in your purchase history, you can tap to download them to any of your devices."

    http://www.apple.com/icloud/features/
     

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  2. Kaenon macrumors regular

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    While reading the excerpt on iOS 5 from the apple.com site it says:

    Does this mean I can't stream from my iPhone 4, but only the iPhone 4S and iPad 2?
     
  3. jaw04005 thread starter macrumors 601

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    AirPlay mirroring requires a 4S or iPad 2. It doesn't work with the iPad 1 or iPhone 4.
     
  4. ringonbob macrumors newbie

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    such a bummer about no iphour or ipad1 support for AirPlay mirroring. The way I see it, you really need to devices to support AirPlay mirroring to the atv2... 1 to stream Hulu and the other to check fb or reddit while you are watching your show. All of which is ridiculous (not because of the obvious sensory overload), but because there are a barely used A4 and 8 gigs of storage sitting dormant inside of this hockey puck next to my TV. Anyone know if app developers will try to prevent thee content from being mirrored? Are the rights issues from some media distribution services?
     
  5. Irishman macrumors 68030

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    That remains to be seen.
     
  6. ringonbob macrumors newbie

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    Actually, Apple posted:

    http://www.apple.com/ios/features.html

    Wow your audience in the board room, classroom, or living room. AirPlay now supports video mirroring. Which means you can wirelessly — and securely — stream whatever’s on your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S to your HDTV via Apple TV. Everyone in the room sees exactly what’s on your iPad or iPhone display up on the big screen — even when you rotate your device from portrait to landscape or zoom in and out.2
     
  7. Irishman macrumors 68030

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    I understand that, in marketing material, their features are going to be presented as working their best while tying in through the company's newest aspirational hardware (in this case the iPad2 and iPhone 4S). It is not, by any means, a statement of exclusivity to that hardware.

    Apple has almost always maintained 1-2 generations of backwards compatibility with older devices, most recently iOS devices.
     
  8. Kaenon macrumors regular

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    "stream whatever’s on your iPad 2 or iPhone 4S to your HDTV via Apple TV."

    Makes no mention of iPhone 4 or other products.

    I don't think my Apple TV purchase was very good...I want to mirror my iPhone 4 ... can't. Want to mirror my iMac...can't.
     
  9. Irishman macrumors 68030

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    Don't panic yet. LOL
     
  10. Kaenon macrumors regular

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    Watched the keynote and they said specifically, and I'm paraphrasing now, but...

    "We've had this feature on the iPad 2 and now we are bringing it to the iPhone 4S"

    :eek::mad::(
     
  11. peterjcat macrumors 6502

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    Apple's never going to bring AirPlay mirroring to the iPad 1 or iPhone 4. But it could well be possible to do it by jailbreaking. The only thing is that AirPlay mirroring requires real-time encoding of the screen contents to an H.264 video stream, and the older hardware might not be able to keep up.
     
  12. newagemac macrumors 68020

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    Airplay mirroring requires the A5 processor. The A5 has a graphics processor that is 9x more powerful than the A4. The A5 is so powerful it can mirror and display 1080p on two screens at once with ease. The A4 struggles with 1080p even on just one screen. And it can't do 720p on two different screens. That's why mirroring only works with the 4S and iPad 2.

    With that being said, I'm not a huge fan of mirroring. I like the apps that actually support Video Airplay because that allows you to use the phone/tablet for other things while Airplaying video to the tv.

    Using Airplay mirroring is only a fallback for when the app itself doesn't support Video Airplay.
     
  13. dgalvan123 macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, the HuluPlus app on the iPad 2 won't work with Airplay mirroring. See this video demo at timestamp 1:30 to see for yourself.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/AppleNApps#p/u/6/7ag65OGvC3c

    Apparently Hulu was able to detect whether Airplay mirroring is turned on on your iPad2, and inhibit their videos from playing until you've turned mirroring off.

    That said, one could potentially play Hulu on your computer, use something like SplashTop remote to view that on your iPad2, and then Airplay mirror THAT to the Apple TV. . . but what a hassle.

    For Hulu on the apple tv, I'd recommend just jailbreaking your ATV2 using Firecore's Seasonpass utility. I've been watching Hulu (regular Hulu, not Hulu plus) WITHOUT COMMERCIALS this way on my ATV2 for about a month now. No problems and looks great. Plus you're not tasking another iOS device.

    (jailbreak --> install XBMC --> install Bluecop repository in XBMC with Hulu and "Free Cable" video plugins --> be happy)
     
  14. kbt1020 macrumors regular

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    I never thought I'd say this. But, I love you man.
     
  15. byke macrumors 6502a

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    What about the iPod touch? That does AirPlay but doesn't it still only use an A4 chip?
     
  16. peterjcat macrumors 6502

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    All iPhones and iPod Touches can do AirPlay but only the A5 ones can do AirPlay Mirroring.
     
  17. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Quoted for truth.

    AirPlay, yes. AirPlay Mirroring (where the entire UI is broadcast wirelessly to the screen) is A5 stuff only.
     
  18. jaw04005 thread starter macrumors 601

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    So the UI Eddie Cue showed off at the Apple Event isn't even in the GM or at least I can't find it. The menu for purchased TV shows is exactly the same.
     

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