Good morning and welcome to another rendition of Terminology Tuesday! Where we define some commonly misunderstood computer terms!
Today’s term is AirPlay.
AirPlay is a feature built into the software of iOS devices such as iPads, iPhones, and iPods. It allows users to stream content from their mobile device to an Apple TV, and Airport Express, or AirPlay-enabled speakers. This means that you can select a Youtube video on your iPhone and play that video on your tv using your Apple TV, wirelessly. The same can be said about music being played wirelessly on speakers that have AirPlay capabilities.
In addition to being able to stream videos or music, AirPlay also allows users to send a mirror image of the screen on their mobile device to their TV using Apple TV. This makes it easy to show everyone those vacations pictures you took on your iPhone!
The way to access the different AirPlay options is by using Command Center. Simply by swiping up from the bottom of the screen on your iOS device, you have access to Command Center. AirPlay options are then available from the AirPlay button, which looks like a rectangle with a triangle at the bottom. The options for connecting to different AirPlay-enabled devices as well as mirroring are located there.