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Apr 12, 2001

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.

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


macrumors member
Oct 8, 2015
I really like this feature as I do not own a TV in my small studio apartment. I have my work laptop setup on a display so I can work from home and this feature would allow me to stream content from my phone.
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macrumors regular
Jun 7, 2005
So... does this now give me an excuse to replace my Cinema Display with a new iMac? Or do I wait for the display to maybe come out separately??


macrumors 604
Dec 7, 2014
Kinda funny that the Mac shows up as an Apple TV (at 0:24 in the video). I assume that's a beta limitation.

Also, the video says "extend display", but actually shows mirroring. Does this only support mirroring?
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macrumors 68030
Sep 1, 2010
California, USA
I wasn't able to get this to work with the Disney+ app on my iPhone X on iOS 14.6 and macOS Monterey. I only saw a black screen on my MacBook Pro. It did work with the Apple TV app on my iPhone though.

Anyone else?


macrumors 68030
Apr 2, 2020
But you still can’t use airplay 2 as main output for stereo homepods the lag is so bad why is this not possible


macrumors 68000
Feb 2, 2009
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?


macrumors 65816
Mar 30, 2016
Hopefully this will iron out the lag and latency issues that currently exists when using a stereo pair of homepods with Mac Os...


macrumors 68030
Apr 2, 2020
Hopefully this will iron out the lag and latency issues that currently exists when using a stereo pair of homepods with Mac Os...
its the same so bad, it still uses airplay 1 as main output
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