If you have been keeping up the news regarding Apple, then you know that the iOS 5 is packed to the brim with some impressive features. With that said, iOS 5 is shaping up to be the best iOS version yet. One of the most exciting new feature of the iOS 5 that is exclusive to the iPad 2 is AirPlay Mirroring. This feature allows the user to mirror the screen of the iPad 2 via Apple TV into a high definition TV. Everything is mirrored in real time whether it a movie, documents, games, applications and so on.
Over the years with the iOS, it is quite evident that Apple have been making efforts in order to make an impact not only on the mobile scene but with the gaming industry itself. First, Apple launched its mobile distribution system for iOS applications, the App Store which is a massive success with over 400,000 apps available and with over 14 billion downloads. Apple also came up with innovations for motion controls such as 3-axis gyroscope. And now, iPad 2 Mirroring feature in iOS 5, Apple looks to rake more gaming cred points.
As it is mentioned before, with AirPlay Mirroring, you can now play games in your HDTV, provided of course that you have an Apple TV. On-screen action is displayed on your HDTV while the iPad 2 serves as the controller. Since the game is streamed in real-time, controlling the on-screen action should be seamless. Yes the concept is basically similar to the recently announced WiiU console by Nintendo.
Here's a pretty sweet video demo of how the iOS 5's Airplay Mirroring works courtesy of the folks over at Apple'N'Apps:
As you can see, pretty much everything that can be ran on the iPad was mirrored on the HDTV. There was the PhotoBooth, Mobile Safari, Pulse and the even games like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. All appears to be very snappy with no apparent slowdowns. And take note that this is merely a beta build of the iOS 5 and still all the apps worked like a charm. This is considering of course that the apps weren't even optimized for AirPlay Mirroring. Yes, everything worked great and the developer of the apps basically did nothing.
But of course, the most impressive part of the demo was certainly with the app that was optimized for AirPlay Mirroring, and that's Real Racing 2 HD. First I have to comment with just how the game looks. It looks gorgeous! It really seemed that everything in the iPad 2 was displayed in the TV in Full HD. And as you can see, everything was displayed in full screen as opposed to other apps that was displayed in letterbox by default. But even so, it still looks amazing even with apps that aren't optimized.
Another thing that's very impressive is the fact that everything was seamlessly streamed. This is of course important if you are playing games which mostly requires timing. It was basically lag-less and wireless.
As an avid game myself, upon seeing the video, I think AirPlay Mirroring is one of the best new features of the iOS 5. Being able to view things on a large screen definitely opens up a whole new area of possibilities. This is especially true with playing games, viewing photos and reading books. Also we have to take into account that this is still on beta and without developer optimizations. Just imagine what the application developers can do with it.
iOS 5 is set for release this coming fall with the beta being available to those with developer accounts.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback