Want to display your Mac on the TV? Cables, dongles, and ugly. That’s what you had to deal with if you wanted to display your Mac on your TV. Then there was the same for the iPad and iPhone: Cables, dongles and (less) ugly. The Apple TV made it possible to send video from the iPad and iPhone to your TV via AirPlay. And finally, Apple solved the for the mobile devices by adding AirPlay Mirroring in the last iOS update, and they’re solving it for the Mac in the next.
What it is
Your Mac is on TV. This new feature in Mountain Lion is made for an audience. With AirPlay Mirroring, you can stream what’s on your Mac to your HDTV via Apple TV.
I know that he most common use case I can imagine is a presentation – I’ve used cables for it before, and I’ll be happy to use my Apple TV the next time.
Show web pages and videos to friends on the couch. Share lessons with a classroom. Present to a conference room. It’s a big deal for your Mac. And for everyone around it.
Is it that good?
The question is, what will it allow to display on the TV from the Mac? Will you be able to play a Hulu video on your Mac and stream it live on the big screen?
My take, and my prediction
It’s a very simple feature. It’s a very important feature. It’s a great way to sell more of the little hobby (Apple TV). It’s going to be seen as a big feature for Macs by businesses, and we’ll see more Macs moving into big corporations.
It’s going to be big for businesses. It’s going to be big for Apple.