OSXML QuickSync Sandy Bridge for AirPlay Required?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Aussieiphone, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. Aussieiphone macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2009
    Hey there,

    I was hoping to pickup an Apple TV (current model) and use AirPlay to mirror my Mac Mini 2010 (2.4 C2D upgraded to 8GB), but on reading Apples ML spec page, whilst the upgrade to ML will work on the mini 2010, the spec page lists individual apps, specifically AirPlay in my case, that requires a Mac Mini 2011+. I would be using the apple tv's airplay predominantly for non-video streaming, i.e. desktop mirroring for mostly web-browsing, word-processing/document editing (if that's even relevant).

    1. Is the lack of AirPlay support because the 2010 isn't the Sandy Bridge?

    2. Any chance the 2010 could work, given the upgraded ram and Bananas TV (AirPlay type app) does currently work with my iPad to the Mac Mini 2010?

  2. mentaluproar macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2010
    Ohio, USA
    1. Exactly. Airplay mirroring in OSX requires a technology called quick sync. basically, it's super-effecient hardware h264 encoding. Without it, its all running in software, which will work, but not very well.

    2. Airbanana/airparrot/airsomethingorother can do this all in software, but its is making to computer work much harder than it needs to, and even then, you won't have consistent results.

    They are not locking you out for the sake of buying new hardware. They are trying to make it work well and as a consequence, they can't push all the shiny new stuff to old hardware.
  3. Aussieiphone thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2009
    Tyvm for ur reply.

    Looking for a cheap peer to peer or primary secondary setup with the apple tv off the Mac. Think I'll finish backing up my DVDs & CDs then pickup a 2011 and sell the 2010 to fund it...

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