Why no Airplay on Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by marty1980, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. marty1980 macrumors 6502

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    I don't understand why there is not Airplay support on the Mac Mini. Sure; Apple TV is a great TV box, but shouldn't the Mac Mini provide the same functionality considering it's the perfect size for putting under your television?

    I understand that Apple TV runs a version of iOS. Maybe this is part of the reason. But it seems that Apple is holding back on this for an unknown reason.

    I'd like Airplay for my TV. I have a mid-2007 Mac Mini and considering an upgrade.

    I have a 3D Smart TV, so I don't need an Apple TV for anything in particular. I have a fairly powerful PC already connected to my television for gaming.

    Somebody... is there a reason there is no Airplay support on Mac desktops? What is the reason? Any news of it coming in future update?
     
  2. fig macrumors 6502a

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    How exactly are you arriving at this conclusion? Isn't Airplay built into Mountain Lion?
     
  3. marty1980 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Mountain Lion is not supported on my Mac mini. I was unaware that Mountain Lion included Airplay support... bummer, but good news if you are correct.

    Thanks!
     
  4. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    Mountain Lion supports sending Airplay from OS X to an AppleTV, but not receiving... which I think is what the OP was wanting. I agree, it would be cool.
     
  5. marty1980 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes. That is what I would like to be able to do.
     
  6. ctyrider macrumors 6502a

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    There are 3rd party utilities that enable AirPlay receiver functionality on OS X. Google it.

    Anyway, AirPlay has nothing to do with hardware refresh. It's a function of software.
     
  7. fig macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, gotcha.

    Yeah, that would be cool, I'd imagine it's a feature that's really only useful for someone using it as a media center though.
     

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