Currently Being ModeratedDec 1, 2012 5:23 PM (in response to jcetheredge)
Not sure if someone has already said this, but Airplay mirroring uses Intel QuickSync to encode the video stream. If your processor doesn't support it, then you don't get AirPlay. Old Mac's aren't supported because Intel only recently released processors with QuickSync (3rd generation Core series).
AirPlay audio doesn't require QuickSync, hence it works on all Macs.
On a side note, has anyone mentioned AirParrot yet? It does the same thing without QuickSync. It will work on any Mac, quite well I might add. That's what I use and I have no issues...
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 4:44 PM (in response to GreggRand)
Yes they did. I read it and refused to do the upgrade as a result. I bought my mid-2010 quad-core iMac 13 months ago. It was still a pretty penny on sale. What I was DEFINITELY not told then was how soon my computer would be obsolete and incompatible with future upgrades.
At least you can usually keep putting new windows upgrades on your laptop or PC for MANY years before your equipment is obsolete.
THAT'S why a newly-converted Apple user like me is going back to Windows on future purchases.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 4:46 PM (in response to dianafrommarietta)
And don't tell me I CAN upgrade. I mean ALL THE FEATURES. Air Play Mirroring is the feature I was MOST interested in with the new OS.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 4:49 PM (in response to dianafrommarietta)
If you had a 2010 PC running the same Intel chipset you have now and you upgraded it to Windows 7 (or 8) you would NOT be able to mirror your display to your television as this is a hardware feature. So what is the difference? Will you comment on the Dell, HP, Toshiba or Asus site when a new version of Windows comes out and you don't have a hardware feature that a newer model of your computer has?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 4:56 PM (in response to unhappy customer9999999999)
HERE HERE! You are dead on! I did all the work I had to do to figure out the computer I bought the end of 2011 was in fact a mid-2010 build. I had to look at the system information then go to the website and figure it out.
It should be as simple as a "Q4","I3", "I5", etc., included in your iMac label imprinted clearly on the shell so it's easy for ANY LAYPERSON to find.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 4:59 PM (in response to deggie)
I don't NEED AIRPLAY MIRRORING with my windows based PC. I can use compatible HDMI plugs to easily stream Internet content to my TV.
But the way Apple designed the iMac, if you don't have AirPlay mirroring derApple Vill not allow streaming!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 5:01 PM (in response to dianafrommarietta)
Can a layperson click on the Apple logo in the top left hand corner of the menu, click on About this Mac, then read what it says?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 5:03 PM (in response to dianafrommarietta)
You don't know much do you? Or are you a troll. I've connected my old Powerbook even to my large TV to stream. You can also do it on your Mac or use the larger display as a second monitor. So what is the problem? Or do you even know?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 5:12 PM (in response to deggie)
Yes, you get the information (eg. 15-inch, Mid-2010) from About This Mac / More Info on Mountain Lion and maybe also in Lion. But Snow Leopard and earlier versions did not provide this information. Hence the detective work required to find out whether your Mac was compatible or not.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 5:18 PM (in response to deggie)
If you know how to get AIrplay Mirroring functionality (picture and sound) onto an HDMI connected TV from a Mid-2010 MacBook Pro, without using AirParrot, then please tell us all.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 5:35 PM (in response to davidav)
I guess I'm a troll because with no HDMI plug on the iMac and no Air Play and no advertising on the Apple Page about this wonderful (albeit not wireless) function the iMac can do...it is as clear as mud to me.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 5:36 PM (in response to dianafrommarietta)
Air Play MIRRORING, pardon me, before you jump on me for THAT mistake!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 5:50 PM (in response to deggie)
My point, doggie, is that if the NAME OF THE COMPUTER INCLUDES THE LETTER,#, in the name it goes by, and APPLE says we have an exciting new upgrade for the Mac XYZ3 and later models, rather than a vague "mid-year" description that makes you look at your computer then reference the webpage, it's obvious immediately when you read it.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 5:53 PM (in response to dianafrommarietta)
Oh and I bought something LIKE AirParrot(FireCore) I paid almost $30 for I could never get to work so I'm not throwing good money after bad. And I've heard many problems with Air Parrot and some with no problems.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 2, 2012 5:59 PM (in response to davidav)
Thanks davidav for that comment. Plus, my 27" iMac is a little cumbersome to drag into the living room to connect. My iPad2 doesn't have an HDMI plug and the converter is spotty and I'm still often SOL because of no Flash. Many signals are blocked and the airplay mirroring on the iPad, as a result of no Flash, is often less than satisfactory unless you want to buy everything on the "derApple Schtore".
Thankfully my laptop is windows-based and I can stream just about anything.
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