AirPlay – The Living Room Experience that Apple Understands and Google Doesn’t

While Steve Jobs may have publicly stated earlier this year that the Apple TV is a hobbyist device, it would now appear that with the refresh of the hardware in September and the newly released iOS 4.1 for Apple TV, it has become much, much more than that.

The 2nd generation Apple TV has been selling very well with over 250,000 units reported sold in one month.  With the new price point of $119 CDN and simplified interface, this device is finally making its’ way into the living rooms of happy customers.  Where Google opted to go for complexity with Google TV, Apple has maintained their philosophy of simplicity.

With the release of iOS 4.2.1 for Apple’s mobile devices today, iOS 4.1 was quietly released and made available to Apple TV users.  This release is significant is it provides full support for a new feature known as AirPlay.

AirPlay is going to be absolutely magical for families with Apple TV’s.  With AirPlay, you can stream any content; music, photos, videos, including YouTube from your iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone to your TV.  The experience is seamless and incredibly user friendly.  As with all things Apple, they have spent considerable time getting this right and ensuring that ‘it just works’.  Simply select the content which you wish to redirect to your Apple TV enabled set, select the ‘icon’ within your mobile application player and select where you want your content displayed.

I tested this capability extensively tonight, redirecting my photo library, music, videos and YouTube content from my iPhone 4 and iPad.  Everything worked without complaint, issue or problem.

With Christmas approaching and the latest releases made available today, I predict that this is going to become a hot seller.

About Grant Fengstad

I’m a technology professional in the travel and transportation sector and have been very involved with the Internet for over 20 years.