AirPlay Video Streaming to Safari and Third Party Apps in 2011

Written By Sam on 3 December 2010

If you have read about the release of the latest version iOS 4.2.x, you would be aware it comes with loads of features, including AirPlay. AirPlay enables users to stream video, audio and pictures through supported iOS devices to a user’s television sets, using Apple TV. While it sounds great, the feature is not without limitations, the most evident being its inability to run third-party apps, besides not being able to stream services from Safari.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs is understood to have revealed in an e-mail reply to an Apple fan that the company plans to add these missing features to AirPlay next year. Here’s the conversation that ensued:

Q: Hi, I recently updated both my iPhone 4 and iPad to 4.2. I think my favorite feature is airplay. This is seriously amazing and makes sharing content seamless. I just purchased Apple TV and was wondering are you ever going to make airplay video work for videos in safari and 3rd party apps? I hope to get a response. 

A: Yep, hope to add these features to Airplay in 2011.

This comes as a relief to users who have been looking forward to a solution to improve this otherwise great feature. It is possible that Apple will release an API that third party app developers can use to enable streaming through their apps. The problem was discovered late by most users who initially thought it was an issue pertaining to bandwidth.

That Apple should assure an effort to iron out these issues also suggests that the company perhaps incorporated this feature in haste to keep up with the release date of the final version iOS 4.2.

Another issue is noted by iPhone 4 users who have complained that they are not able to stream content captured on their device through AirPlay. This too has been attributed to bandwidth limitations by many. However, what users are looking for is a permanent solution to the issues and with the latest assurance from the Apple chief, they can rest assured there are guys working on it even as we write this report.

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