AirPlay Mirroring And iMessages Coming To OS X Lion? [Rumor]

AirPlay Mirroring And iMessages Coming To OS X Lion? [Rumor]

This weekend broke news that Apple was already hard at work on OS X 10.8, so it would be natural to assume that in the next version of OS X, Cupertino will bring even more iOS functionality to their desktop operating system: stuff like Airplay and iMessages.

Nope. But don’t be too disappointed. AirPlay and iMessages are reportedly coming to OS X 10.7 Lion, instead.

9to5Mac reports that AirPlay Mirroring and iMessage for OS X are internally in development. The former would allow users to wirelessly mirror exactly what is on their display to an Apple TV connected to an HDTV or projector, while the latter could be baked right into OS X’s standard iChat app, allowing OS X users to send free texts to friends on the go with their iPhones and iPads.

I’ve got to admit, I’m more excited about AirPlay coming to Lion than iMessages. I often hook my MacBook Air up to my HDTV for movie watching, but if I could replace plugging in a physical cable for clicking my mouse, I’d do so in a heartbeat.

Best not to get too excited about the possibility, though: 9to5Mac cautions that these projects may very well never see the light of day.

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  • Padgeman

    It makes sense to have iMessage integrated into iChat. I can’t believe FaceTime is a standalone app, when it could fit into iChat as well.

  • Corey

    Great!….but I’m Still waiting for iBooks to come to the Mac!

  • FriarNurgle

    Sploosh

  • Clark Wallace

    Maybe they should stop developing iChat and bake iMessage into the Facetime app, that way it would have text and A/V.

  • c.t

    iWant iBooks to come to Mac too

  • guest

    Should have been already added with osx lion but I hope next year update (10.7.5 or 10.7.6) will correct that (similar to how snow leopard got mac app store with an earlier update and facetime beta). AND where’s Safari 6.0 with offline reading list ?

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